Music EducationWe’ve seen how our local Elmhurst school, York Community High School, scored highly in the US News and World Report Ranking of High Schools. The school continues to shine again, with its music education program receiving top honors. In March, the Grammy Foundation announced ten schools nationwide as Grammy Signature Schools. Top schools would be awarded cash grants based on their ranking. York Community High School placed in the second category, making it one of the top three music education programs in the nation.

York was selected as 2013 Grammy Signature Schools Gold, which earned them a cash grant of $5,500. In April, York’s Performing and Visual Arts Chairman Bill Riddle and high school senior Will McGing flew to Washington DC for the “Grammy on the Hill” ceremonies. On May 16th at the Symphony Orchestra Concert, the school received their award from Matt Hennessy, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.

The Grammy Signature Schools program began over 15 years ago, and recognizes the top U.S. high schools that make an outstanding achievement in music education during the academic year. The selection process begins in August. The foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools, requesting information about their music programs. Applications are submitted online and scored. Finalists are asked to submit further information such as recordings of school concerts and concert programs. These are then reviewed by an independent committee of top music educators and professionals.

The Grammy Foundation promotes appreciation and understanding of the contribution of music to our culture. It stresses the value and impact music education may have on students. The Signature Schools program is designed to commend the schools that excel in their programs. We congratulate York Community High School on this great achievement.

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