Each year, the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum partner to select the finalists. This year, the 10 finalists were selected from just more than 2,800 initial nominations with all 50 states being represented.
Sheehan is the director of bands and the music department chairperson at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Music in 2016. Snyder is the director of bands and the music department coordinator at Penncrest High School in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, where he teaches music theory and music technology.
The winner will be selected from the 10 finalists and, in addition to the $10,000 prize, will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019. The remaining finalists will receive a $1,000 prize, and the schools of all the finalists will receive matching grants made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund. See Penn State News, for more details.