A standing ovation for Owl Sasha Cooke on her Grammy win
We would like to congratulate Sasha Cooke on winning a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for her performance as a cast member in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Dr. Atomic.
Cooke received a degree in vocal performance from Rice in 2004. She said she felt very encouraged during her time at Rice and thanked her professors for their help and support. As she claimed that she had not received such support since her time at Rice, we would like to also congratulate the university on the encouragement it provides to students.
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