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LHS is a Grammy Signature Schools semifinalist

— Suarez soon received a request for more information from the foundation, asking questions about the district in general and the music program more specifically. She sent that information along and, a couple of weeks later, received word that LHS was a semifinalist. Last week, the music program, which is made up of three choral groups, three bands and three orchestral groups, made recordings and sent them in for judging.

“It all gets put together and sent in electronically,” Suarez said. “We keep our fingers crossed and some time in March, we should hear.’

Regardless of the outcome, students and staff alike are thrilled with the nomination.

“You look at the Grammys and you see the level of the people and they’re all people you idolize as a high school student, and to be involved in something associated with the Grammys is awesome,” said senior Noelle Killius, president of FAME, LHS’s elite choral group. “It’s a high honor. It’s amazing to think we’re at that level.”

This is far from the first honor Liverpool’s music program has received. The NAMM Foundation has named the district one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” several times, and Chestnut Hill Middle School Music teacher Sky Harris is a quarter-finalist for the first-ever Music Educator Grammy. All these honors are indicative of why so many students participate in the district’s music program, according to LCSD Fine Arts Director David Perry.

“I think it’s a wonderful compliment to what we’ve had here in Liverpool for so many years, which is this gem of a music program,” Perry said. “It’s really heartening that in this day and age of so many things on the menu for kids, we still have more than 500 kids that want to be part of a daily music program. You read all the time about what music does for students and the value of that experience and how that prepares them for life outside of school.”

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