The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 High School Recognition Program. Top-rated participants will be invited to be part of the Hall of Fame’s 2019 Holiday Concert at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
2018 Holiday Concert participants were the Great Neck Orchestra and Chorus, the Oyster Bay Wind Ensemble, the Herricks Jazz Ensemble, the Uniondale Show Choir and the Northport Touring Choir. The ensembles performed with Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductees and friends, including saxophonist Richie Cannata, an original member of the Billy Joel band, drummer Albert Bouchard, founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, and “America’s Got Talent” season 11 finalist, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame School Recognition Program is designed to identify Long Island high school music programs that are creating notable music experiences for their students and incorporating the national and New York state standards for the arts in creative and meaningful ways.
Based on an application submitted by the schools, several high schools will be recognized by the Hall of Fame. Application categories included program details, inclusion of national and state standards for music in curriculum, facility, staffing, and community and board support. Applications are reviewed by a panel of music educators, some of whom have been recognized as the Long Island Hall of Fame’s Educators of Note.
The Recognition Program application is available for download at: https://www.limusichalloffame.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/The-LIMHoF-HS-Recognition-Program-Application-2019.pdf.
“The role of music educators in our society is to nurture and develop the talents of young people through their work in schools. We’re grateful for the commitment these programs have demonstrated on a personal and professional level,” said Tom Needham, a Long Island Music Hall of Fame education committee chair. “In the coming years, we hope to strengthen our ongoing partnership with the music educator community through our High School Recognition Program, Educator of Note Award and expansion of our scholarship program. We hope that all of Long Island’s music programs will continue to partner with LIMHOF so that music education will be recognized and the achievements of our students celebrated.”