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Guilderland High School recognized as Grammy Signature School semi-finalist

Dec. 6, 2013—The Guilderland Central School District Music Department is proud to announce that Guilderland High School has been recognized as a 2014 Grammy Signature School semi-finalist. This designation and honor is based upon the quality and caliber of the music education program in the school. As the Grammy award signifies excellence in recording, the Signature Schools award is designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs. Guilderland was recognized among the top 123 high schools in the nation. Semi-finalists are invited to submit recorded performances and repertoire lists to vie for these prestigious awards. In addition to the available monetary grants, winners receive school visits from Grammy award winning artists.

"The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools across the U.S. that are providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Many of these schools face serious economic challenges, so it's truly inspiring to see this level of commitment to arts education and to the students who benefit from this type of curriculum."

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.