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Originally delivered on 9/12/2022 7:12 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 9.12.22

September 12, 2022
Message from the Reps

Welcome to week two of the 2022-2023 school year!  It sounds like our kids have gotten off to a great start in the first three days of school.

Tomorrow night at 6:30 pm and Wednesday morning at 7:30 am, Music Studio will be part of the in person LaGuardia HS Welcome Session for New Families. MS will be in the Little Flower Theater in the lobby. Please join us to learn more about our studio and if you need LaGuardia Music Studio swag, we will be selling items both days! 

Many of the Music Studio board members will be joining us on both days, but our board is NOT complete and we definitely need more volunteers to fill all our positions. If you are interested in running (we still need Instrumental Reps, volunteer coordinators, and assistants for Budget Manager, Recording Secretary and Merchandise Coordinator.) Click here to review the document which explains all the positions.

We need your help, so please consider joining us - Music Studio parents are a fun group, and you learn/feel so much more part of LaG when you participate!

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

September 13 and 14 - In-person Welcome Session for New Families! Take this opportunity to connect with other LaGuardia families and learn how you can get involved with our school. Music Studio will be meeting in the Little Flower Theater in the lobby on September 13th at 6:30 pm and on September 14th at 7:30 am, pick whichever session works for you!   

Week of September 19 - First Music Studio Meeting - exact date still tbd

Week of September 26  - Music Studio Elections - exact date still tbd

Music Studio Merch

New "LaG Swag" has arrived, and those of you at the Welcome Session for New LaG Families will see it first!!  Our online Music Studio Store is still closed, but once we are open for business, you will hear about here first! 

If you have questions or comments please email 

Blurb from Ben

Dear Instrumental Music Students and Families,

Welcome back for an exciting new year at LaGuardia.  I am planning to send out a letter soon to all Music Studio families on changes and other updates for people to be aware of, but I am always reachable at - I look forward to hearing from you. 

All the best,

Benjamin Schott
Assistant Principal, Music

Show your Appreciation

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! As many of you know, contributions to the Music Studio help pay for a variety of events - the senior class celebration and Accepted Students Open House - as well as the accompanist for chorus classes, additional live-streaming of Music performances, and other concert expenses. If families contributed $100 (or more!!) for every student, we could help the Music Studio pay for so many of these expenses.  Since LaGuardia is a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation is tax-deductible. 

You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation - whichever works better for you - to the Music Studio (and the PA) through PayPal. To do so, click the Direct Donation link below or follow these instructions:

Log into your MTK account, click on Ways to Give under the Donate & Volunteer drop-down menu, then on the underlined red link Donate to a specific studio (2 places on the page allow you to do that). The PayPal page that appears is auto-filled to make a donation to the General PA, but you can designate the Music Studio by clicking on the drop-down menu. Below that box is the option to make your donation a monthly-recurring one. Or, by leaving that box unchecked, the donation will be a one-time donation. 

You can select any amount you like to donate. Contributions are very much needed, and all are gratefully received! 

Click Direct Donation to give to the LaGuardia PA.



Volunteering is a great way to meet people and learn more about Music Studio affairs. Become a volunteer today to support our students and staff all year long, not just at performances. Please make sure you have filled out your volunteer questionnaire on your Membership Toolkit profile. 

Other Opportunities


YoungArts and The National Endowment for the Advancement of Artists identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12, in the U.S. are encouraged to apply in the discipline of their choice. Apply by 10/14/22.


YO Jazz invites young musicians to audition for its summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22. Outstanding young musicians from across the US showcase the legacy and bright future of American jazz in a free rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.



NYO2 invites young musicians from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestra field to audition for its free summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22.  Teen musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.


NYO-USA invites young musicians from across the US to audition for its free summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22. The program includes a training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians followed by a tour performing in great musical capitals of the world. Teens spend several weeks in sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, workshops designed to complement the repertoire, and social/recreational activities. Opportunities for orchestra librarians, orchestra management, and apprentice composers also available. Apply by 1/19/23.


Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts at the 92Y offers 100% full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for exceptional students in NYC to develop their creative potential as artists, dancers, and musicians. Students are immersed in a broad range of advanced classes as well as personalized private instruction. Programs in visual arts, dance, music, and musical theater. Visit website for details and deadlines.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Friday, September 16
7:45a Fiorello Friday
11:00a All-School Musical Cast Special Performance
12:00p Jazz Group Special Performance
Tuesday, September 20
3:20p Big Sibs "Li'Sib Mixer"
Thursday, September 22
Latinx Heritage Celebration
Friday, September 23
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Friday, September 30
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Club Fair
Tuesday, October 4
SLT Mtg (Time TBD by Elected Parent Representatives)
Friday, October 7
7:45a Fiorello Friday
12:00p Dance Youngarts Filming
Saturday, October 8
8:00a Dance Youngarts Filiming
Tuesday, October 11
Concerto Competition
Senior Graduation Portraits
Wednesday, October 12
Senior Graduation Portraits
Current Music Studio Board Members

General contact:

Instrumental Co-reps: 

Vocal co-reps: 

Michael Capasso

Marcee Smith

Corresponding Secretaries: Rebecca Sherman and Tauheedah Yasin

Recording Secretary: Catherine Bernstein

Treasurer: Barbette Leonard

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