Mineola High School Named 2014 Grammy Schools Semifinalist

District has chance to win up to $15,000 to benefit music program.

Mineola High School. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
Mineola High School. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter

Mineola High School has been selected as one of only 123 schools in the nation as a GRAMMY Foundation Signature Schools semifinalist for 2014. The program recognizes the top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during the academic school year.

In order to continue in the program, the district must submit recordings of the school’s various music groups performing. Finalists will be announced in March and will receive a custom award, as well as a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to benefit their music program.

The selection process to become a GRAMMY Signature School began in August with an online application. Once scored, Mineola was asked to submit additional documentation, including recordings of school concerts, sample music programs and repertoire.

Items were reviewed by an independent blue-­ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The foundation works to bring national attention to the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving cultural heritage.

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