Freeport High School Named 2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalist

Freeport, IL – For the 17th consecutive year, the Freeport High School music program has been named a semifinalist in the GRAMMY Signature Schools program.

The GRAMMY Foundation announced Wednesday that it has selected 119 schools nationwide, including Freeport High School, as GRAMMY
Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016. According to the Foundation, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program was created in 1998 and recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

This year, Freeport High School is the only school in Northwest Illinois to receive the designation and is one of only two Illinois schools not in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs to make the list.

In mid-March 2016, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Those schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000 to benefit their music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients, and the best program of the Gold recipients is designated as the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated as GRAMMY Signature Schools.

For more information, you may contact FHS Music Department Chair Bill Petersen at bill.petersen@fsd145.org or 815-232-0400.

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