OSSINING, N. Y. -- Ossining High School made the list of 119 high schools nationwide that are Grammy Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016.
The next step for Ossining is to submit recordings of music classes and performances for evaluation, said Bradley Morrison, director of cultural arts for the Ossining school district.
The Signature Schools program, created in 1998, recognizes top public high schools for their commitment to music education. The purpose is to support schools providing top-notch music programs on limited budgets.
"Our Grammy Signature Schools program steps in to augment those resources with cash grants, and to celebrate the excellence of these programs and the beneficial and lasting effects of a music curriculum in the lives of young people," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.
Finalists are expected to be announced in March. The schools that are chosen will receive an award and a grant ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to benefit their music program. The top programs will be designated as gold recipients, and the best one will be named the National Grammy Signature School.
The foundation will also give out Grammy Signature Schools Community Awards to deserving high school music programs. They will also receive $2,000 grants.
For more details, visit the Grammy Signature Schools website .
Morrison pointed to great training in schools for the Ossining program's success.
"Our students accomplish what they do at the high school because of the great foundation laid in our elementary and middle schools,” he said.
Members of the music faculty are: Michelle Ehrenreich, Doug Correllus, Giocille Shaw, Nora Carney, Tamara Caputo, Alana Honore, David August, Thomas Bastone, Christine Mangiamele, Meghan Ryan, Laura Lee Spence, Anabel Ibanez, Susan Kafer and Rodrigo Vargas.
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