Hilton High School a GRAMMY Signature School Semi-FinalistHilton HS Music Program

Hilton Central School District Music Program Coordinator Nancy Russo has received word from the GRAMMY Foundation of Santa Monica, California that Hilton High School is one of only 129 semi-finalists in a pool of 5,000 schools for the prestigious GRAMMY Signature School Award in 2011.  Hilton High School was also a finalist in 2009, 2008 and 2004.  The GRAMMY Award signifies excellence in recording and the GRAMMY Signature Schools is designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs across the country with special awards and grants from $500 - $5,000. 

GRAMMY Signature Schools exhibit excellent performance ensembles; high quality instruction in multiple musical genres offered in the school district; high quality instruction available to all students in non-performance music courses such as music history; a variety of avenues provide music education to a larger segment of the student population than those in performance courses. 

"We will now submit recordings of our performances a performance CD of the Wind/Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and Women's Chorus and supplemental materials in order to move on to the next step," said Ms. Russo.     Hilton CSD Music

Hilton High School music includes Concert and Symphonic Bands, Choruses and Chorales, the DaCapo SingersHilton Crimson Cadet Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Crimson Cadet Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Piano, Music Theory [both AP and IB] as well as a variety of courses and performance groups taught by Ms. Russo, Mr. Jared Streiff and Mr. Adam Klock.  Annually Hilton music groups win awards in adjudicated competitions, area music festivals and other contests. 

The school has a long and proud musical history.  The High School Wind and Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform in Disney World Orlando in 2009.  The Winter Drumline maintains a national ranking nationally winning World Finalist in 2006 and Northeast Regional Champions in subsequent years.  Its Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform every year at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Hilton High School graduates have a tradition of pursuing careers in music instruction and performance. 

For further information about the Music Program in Hilton Schools, Ms. Nancy Russo may be reached at 585-392-1000 ext. 2284.

For more:  Music in Our Schools.