Congratulations BHS Music! 2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalist!

As Published on Kane County Chronicle Online: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 10:59 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 10:34 p.m. CST

By KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE – editorial@kcchronicle.com

BATAVIA – A Batavia school once again joined an elite list of schools recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation.

Batavia High School was one of 12 Illinois schools and 119 schools nationwide selected as a 2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalist, according to a Batavia Public School District 101 news release.

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.

This is the third straight year for the Batavia High School music program to be named a semifinalist in the Grammy program.

“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.