John L. Miller–Great Neck North High School and William A. Shine–Great Neck South High Schools have been named 2016 GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalists by the GRAMMY Foundation. They are among 120 public school music programs nationwide to receive this honor.
To qualify as semifinalists, schools were judged based on an extensive survey of their music programs. Surveys were completed by the music teachers. Semifinalist schools are now eligible to compete as GRAMMY Signature School Finalists.
“Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides an ideal platform to raise awareness of public high schools across the country that are providing excellent music education programs for their students,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. “The GRAMMY Foundation is committed to arts education and believes in the long-lasting interdisciplinary benefits it provides for young people.”
North High School’s music teachers are Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal; Neil Saggerson is the fine and performing arts department head. Music teachers at South High School are Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental; Mark Boschen and Anthony Virgilio, instrumental; and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal.
Both North and South High Schools have been named GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalists numerous times and have been GRAMMY Signature School Finalists.
—Submitted by Great Neck Public Schools