Niskayuna High School has been named a 2015 GRAMMY® Signature School
semifinalist, a stage of the prestigious competition reached by only 120 schools
nationwide. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top
U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music
education during an academic school year.
"I am proud and honored to collaborate with our dedicated students and outstanding faculty in the Niskayuna Music Program, and grateful for the steadfast support afforded to us through our community and school district," said Niskayuna Music Director Matt Cremisio.
In mid-March 2015, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000 to benefit their music program.
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 from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at www.grammyintheschools.com. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, 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.
Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.
"Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides an ideal platform to raise awareness of public high schools across the country that are providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "It is also a much-needed resource for the schools that — in the face of serious economic challenges — are still able to provide a rigorous musical curriculum for their students. The GRAMMY Foundation is committed to arts education and believes in the long-lasting interdisciplinary benefits it provides for young people."
The High School was named also named a GRAMMY® Signature School semifinalist in 2013.
Also this year, in recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present the first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the second annual Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2015. For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. For more information, please visit http://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation and http://www.grammyintheschools.com/.