Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2021 High School Recognition Program Awards winners announced

Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2021 High School Recognition Program Awards winners announced
This year for the first time ever the awards went virtual by accepting video entries of the students music performances during the pandemic, showcasing the resilience of how the students and teachers overcame the obstacles and challenges of the pandemic to teach and practice their music remotely.

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the winners of its fifth annual High School Music Department Recognition Program.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 awards had to be canceled. In 2021, the awards shifted to a virtual application process. For the first time, video entries were accepted that showcased the amazing music that schools created under unbelievably difficult conditions and pandemic restrictions.

Both the LIMHoF Education committee and a panel of music educators reviewed the videos that were submitted from each school. As a result, 12 Long Island high school music programs were awarded recognition wins and celebrated via video format.

For the first time in its history, music performance videos from each applicant have been posted to LIMHoF’s website. And some high schools submitted multiple videos to showcase their different music groups. Click here to view the videos.

“During the pandemic, school music programs in particular were dealing with incredible restrictions due to social distancing and remote learning, which created major difficulty for students learning to play music,” said Imhof Education Chairman, Tom Needham. “Music is a collaborative process and students need to be able to play music together. A lot of schools made it work, and we wanted to showcase their accomplishments under the circumstances. These schools found a way to do something great. The students overcame tremendous odds. This showcases, and is a tribute, to the students who adapted to a difficult situation.”

The schools receiving this prestigious recognition are:

Centereach High School, Farmingdale High School, Great Neck North High School, Great Neck South High School, Half Hollow Hills High School East, Harborfields High School, Hicksville High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Long Beach High School, Lynbrook High School, Southampton High School, Wheatley High School.

Youtube Playlist link- https://youtu.be/NGcYG6ijZiY

Centereach HS Philharmonic Orchestra – https://youtu.be/LqtF9XIp3xc
Centereach HS Select Vocal Ensemble – https://youtu.be/NrK96BIhoSw
Centereach HS Wind Ensemble – https://youtu.be/n8hs5xL_87c
Farmingdale HS Mixed Chorus – https://youtu.be/Jq_Y4oHs9Hg
Great Neck North HS Chamber Ensembles – https://youtu.be/dBgEEzS4R5E
Great Neck South HS Wind Ensemble – https://youtu.be/JHe1A36nWfg
Great Neck South HS Wind Ensemble – https://youtu.be/YXRGYZyhIXI
Half Hollow Hills HS East Guitar Ensemble – https://youtu.be/kKlq3Phq2oQ
Harborfields HS Jazz Band – https://youtu.be/ZrOuaWLsBUk
Hicksville HS Chamber Singers – https://youtu.be/jDkbKK1iigk
Kellenberg Memorial HS Ensemble – https://youtu.be/Wuq632wvV1Q
Long Beach HS Select Choir – https://youtu.be/p4NL4Ap2n-g
Lynbrook HS Concert Choir – https://youtu.be/IbBXMzBd-sQ
Southampton HS Swing Orchestra – https://youtu.be/rDXIjua2LZg
Wheatley HS Jazz Ensemble – https://youtu.be/OXKm9eY8hBg
Wheatley School Strings – https://youtu.be/b3Sppud2p_Y

LIMHoF currently encourages schools to apply for the 2022 High School Recognition Program. The LIMHoF High School Recognition Program is designed to identify Long Island High School music programs that are creating notable music experiences for their students and that are incorporating the National and New York State Standards for The Arts in creative and meaningful ways. LIMHoF accepts applications from Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties for this prestigious award recognition.

Application categories included program details, inclusion of national and state standards for music in curriculum, facility, staffing, and community and board support. All applications were reviewed by a panel of music educators, some of whom have also been recognized as the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s “Music Educators of Note.” Additional information can be found at: https://www.limusichalloffame.org/hs-recognition-program/

For more information on the High School Music Department Recognition Program or Education scholarships and grants offered by LIMHoF, please visit https://www.limusichalloffame.org/scholarshipsgrants/ or contact LIMHoF’s Board Member for Community Outreach, Kelly Leung at (516) 938-1626 or [email protected].

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