Schneider Crosses Over to Classical–and Wins a Grammy

Maria Schneider has a knack for choosing to work in musical genres where women have traditionally been least represented and recognized—and then flipping the script to win all kinds of renown and accolade. As a jazz composer and big-band leader, Schneider has been voted  Best Composer and Best Arranger for an unprecedented eight consecutive years (2005-2012) by DownBeat magazine’s annual critics’ poll.  Her 2004 album Concert in the Garden won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and was also the first fan-funded album sold exclusively on the internet to win a Grammy in any category. But this past…