Press release of February 2, 2012
BH-BL High School named a "Grammy
BURNT HILLS: The Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake High School has been named a
"2012 Grammy Signature School Semi-finalist" by the
Only 125 public high schools in the
nation received this honor, including two schools in
the Greater Capital Region: BH-BL and Guilderland.
Finalists in the annual competition will be
announced in March.
Excellence in music education has
long been a point of pride for Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake staff and parents, so it is very exciting to
see that opinion confirmed by an outside
organization, especially an organization as
prestigious as a Grammy Foundation, says Fine Arts
department chair Mike Danis.
"Although the honor specifically
focuses on the high school, this is really a
recognition of the hard work of all BH-BL music
teachers from grades 1 to 12 to provide a meaningful
and sequential music education program all the way
from first grade general music up to our most
advanced high school performers and ensembles,"
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of
the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation,
explains that "The Grammy Signature Schools program
sustains excellence in music education .... Each of
these semifinalist schools should be commended for
their commitment to keeping the arts in their
curriculum for the long term benefit of their
As with other areas of the
curriculum, the BH-BL music program has felt the
impact of budget cuts in the last three years, but
continues to focus on ensuring that all programs
offered are of the highest possible quality.
"All three high school major
performing ensembles earned a rank of Gold or Gold
with Distinction at level 5 and 6 difficulty music
in 2010-11 competitions," says Danis. "That has
never been achieved in the past. Thanks to great
teachers, great parental support, and support from a
great Friends of Music group as well, our students
not only excel in competitions but also receive a
strong music education."
More information about the Grammys
Signature Schools program is available at
Fine Arts Department Homepage