BATAVIA – A Batavia school once again joined an elite list of schools recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation.
The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year, the release states.
“It is such an honor for Batavia High School to be selected as a Grammy Signature SchoolsSemifinalist for the third year in a row,” Batavia High School Band Director Chris Owen stated in the release. “ Our music students continue to raise the bar of musical performance and work ethic year over year, and it really shows.”
The GRAMMY Foundation in March will announce the finalists for the Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000 to benefit their music program, according to the release.
The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notifications to more than 20,000 public high schools requesting information about each school’s music program, the release states.
After applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, according to the release.
The submitted materials are then reviewed by an independent committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status, the release states.
The closest Illinois schools also named semifinalists were Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley high schools in Aurora.
On the web
For a listing of various Batavia High School music program events, visit www.bataviamusic.org/calendar.html.