Department of English

UT Graduate Chris LeCluyse (Ph.D. 2002) Nominated for Two Grammys

Thu, February 5, 2009

UT graduate Chris LeCluyse's cross-disciplinary interests have recently put him on the threshold of a Grammy.  In his 2002 dissertation he argued that differences in the type of grammatical boundaries crossed in medieval poetry combining Latin, Old French, and Old English or Middle English reveals degrees of bilingualism in the communities that created and circulated these texts. As an English professor his knowledge of these texts in historical performance contributed much to his analysis.  His musical collaborators continue to value his expertise in English literature.

LeCluyse has been a member of Conspirare since 1995. The group received two Grammy nominations in 2007, for Best Choral Performance and Best Sound Engineering (Classical), but lost to an Estonian group, whom LeCluyse jokingly called the "bane of my existence."  The Austin-based choir is nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album for "Threshold of Night," recorded last October at the Troy Saving Bank Music Hall in New York state.

Conspirare consists of nearly 50 singers and a dozen string players, but on "Threshold of Night" LeCluyse is a soloist on three songs. Fittingly -- considering his full-time day job -- his solos are based on "The Ecstasies Above," a piece that includes the Edgar Allan Poe poem "Israfel."

For more information, see "Local professor nominator for two Grammys" from The Salt Lake Tribune or visit the Conspirare website:

Chris LeCluyse, Ph. D., "Sacred Bilingualism: Code Switching in Medieval English Poetry"

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