University of Illinois music alumnus Rene Clausen wins 3 Grammy Awards

A recording of Rene Clausen’s composition, “Life and Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” won three 2013 Grammy Awards.


As blizzard winds howled outside his Moorhead home Sunday afternoon, Concordia College choir director René Clausen quietly read a book by the fireplace with his wife.

Then, his smartphone alerted him to a new email message.

It was short but sweet: “WE WON!!!!!!”

A recording of his composition, “Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen,” had swept all three Grammy Awards categories in which it was nominated.

“It is just very heartwarming and exciting, and I’m just grateful and humbled that this has all happened,” he said. “It was nothing that I expected. Just all of this has come out of the blue.”

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