Lyons Township High School was recently named a semifinalist in the GRAMMY Foundation’s Signature Schools program. Only 129 schools nationwide were recognized. 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.
As a semifinalist school, LT is busy submitting additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which will then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the semifinalists that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.
In mid-March 2013, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program. The top finalists will be designated as Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is then determined and designated as the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools.
According to LT music teacher Zach May, “Achieving semifinalist status is a motivating factor for LT moving forward. Involvement in the Grammy program is just one of many ways we seek new opportunities and higher standards for our students and their education.”
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.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to America.