One of Elmhurst’s local schools, York Community High School, has once again been named a GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalist. This is York’s second year in a row to be nominated for this prestigious award – this year they’re one of 219. In partnership with many sponsors, the GRAMMY Foundation works to create opportunities for high school students to get the chance to work with music professionals, gaining real-world experience and advice on how to get started on a music career.

With this in mind, each year schools across the nation that have made a great commitment to music education are selected during the academic school year. The finalists will be announced in mid-March and will receive a GRAMMY award and a cash prize. Last year, York was named one of three Gold Finalists and received $5,500 towards its music program.

Since 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program has worked to sustain excellence in music education and to raise awareness of the cuts to music programs that occur in schools across the country. Each year, the top three schools nominated are designated Gold finalists, and each receives a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The school with the best program is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The selection process begins in August when the Foundation sends notification to schools about the contest and the required application.  The applications are scored after the October deadline; the finalists are identified and asked to submit additional information about their programs, such as recordings of concerts and sample programs. An independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals reviews this additional information, and decides which schools merit designation as GRAMMY Signature Schools.

All of us here at the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group wish the best of luck to York Community High School. York is just one of the reasons that Elmhurst is such a great place to call home. Why not make it your home, too? Let us show you what’s available. Give us a call on 630-441-5570, or stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst.