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Originally delivered on 10/24/2022 6:23 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 10.24.22

October 24, 2022
Message from the Reps

Happy Diwali to all who celebrate! Diwali, one of the most important festivals in India, is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali will become a public school holiday in NYC in 2023. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” The festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and encourages people to work together and honor mother nature.

Lots of excitement coming up at LaG this week: 

  • School Spirit Shopping Day - Thursday, October 27th
  • Fiorello Friday will present "Latinos Unidos" with poetry, singing and dance - October 28th
  • Show Choir will perform as part of the New York Philharmonic opening activities for the David Geffen Hall - October 30th  

See the Don't Forget section for more details.  

A reminder to all Music Studio families that our online store is currently closed. We just learned that the system accepted some orders, so if you have placed any orders please reach out to or so we can help in figuring things out.  We have just done inventory and hope to open the online store officially soon!

All students should have received an email from Dr. Stricklin about LaG's costume guidelines for Halloween next Monday. It is a tradition at LaG (for students and faculty) to dress up so make sure your students follow the rules and have a great day! Third announcement here:

Visit from a Jazz Legend

Ron Carter, renowned jazz double bassist visited Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, as part of his new PBS documentary, Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes.  Click here to see the section just at LaG, or here to see the whole documentary.

LaG is also alma mater to his two sons, which he shared with the students attending the session, along with insights from his life and music career. Ron details how confronting racial injustices early in his career shaped his musical legacy.  

Carter's appearances on 2,221 recording sessions make him the most-recorded jazz bassist in history and he has won three Grammy awards, and is also a cellist who has recorded numerous times on that instrument.

Viola da Gamba

More students are needed for the Viola da Gamba ensemble!  This opportunity is open to both vocal and instrumental music students. Patricia Ann Neely, an expert in early music and Viola da Gamba, will host weekly group lessons. The sessions will take place at LaGuardia on Mondays from 4:15-5:30 pm (room 205). The session is on hold this week due to low participation, but hopefully, with a few more students, the sessions can continue!  Please reach out to Instrumental Co-Rep Monique Johnson at to learn more.

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

October 27 - 2:30-4:30 pm - School Spirit Shopping Day - in person at LaG in the Main Lobby, Atrium Floor.

October 28 - Fiorello Friday will present “Latinos Unidos” with poetry, singing and dance. 

October 30 - The Show Choir will perform at 5 pm, as part of the New York Philharmonic Open House Weekend for the David Geffen Hall on October 30th!  Tickets are free on a first-come-first-serve-basis.  For more information click here

November 4 - Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert at LaG, purchase tickets here

November 5 - The Operetta cast will appear as the chorus in the New York premiere of Hometown to the World, a chamber opera at The Town Hall on Saturday, November 5th at 8:00pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets here

November 9 - The first in-person Music Studio meeting will be held in the Recital Hall at 7 pm, meet & greet begins at 6:30 pm.

December 21 & 22 - Winter Semi-Annual Concert at LaG

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio families,

I am happy to share my most recent letter to the community here. You will find a list of performance opportunities for the Fall/Winter Instrumental Music and Vocal Music Studios, information about concert attire for performers, and contact information for LaGuardia Music Teachers. 

The running list for student opportunities - can be reviewed here - so perhaps there's something exciting in there for your student.  



Music Studio Merch

The Music Studio is excited to announce that we will be participating in the in-person School Spirit Shopping Day on October 27th from 2:30 to 4:30pm!!  We have a lot of items that we will be closing out, available at great prices, along with all of our exciting new merchandise!

Our online Music Studio Store is still closed, but once we are open for business, you will hear about it here first!  If you have questions or comments please email 

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


Click here to learn more about the NYU Tisch Future Music Moguls program. It is FREE of charge and for groups traditionally underrepresented in the music industry. It is designed to introduce a select group of talented high school students in 9th - 11th grade to all aspects of the contemporary music business and for students who may not have access to other programs and who would qualify for financial aid at NYU. Students learn about the creative process behind making songs, but they're also exposed to the exciting behind-the-scenes business decisions that help music wind up in the ears of audiences around the world. 


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.

National Children’s Chorus Vocal Auditions

The GRAMMY award-winning National Children’s Chorus Academy, based in NYC, provides children ages 5-17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The country’s leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills form the most basic concepts through the college level. The ensemble culminates in an exciting array of performances with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world. Additionally students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours, opera camp in Vail, Colorado, and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. 

Auditions Oct 29 - Nov 11. Online information presentation Saturday, October 29th.  To apply for Senior Division (Experienced, ages 10-17) click here:

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Monday, October 24
3:30p International Afternoon!
3:30p Clubs Meet
Tuesday, October 25
7:00a Virtual Q&A for Prospective Families
12:00p Virtual Q&A for Prospective Families
7:00p Virtual Q&A for Prospective Families
Wednesday, October 26
11:15a Box Office Open
Friday, October 28
7:45a Fiorello Friday
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
Sunday, October 30
5:00p Show Choir Special Performance
Monday, October 31
Spirit Week!
Tuesday, November 1
Spirit Week!
8:00a Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Wednesday, November 2
Spirit Week!
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
Current Music Studio Board Members

General contact:

Instrumental Co-reps: Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor 

Corresponding Secretaries: Tauheedah Yasin and Danielle Soto

Recording Secretary: Catherine Bernstein and Laetitia Ducroux - Assistant 

Audit Manager: Barbette Leonard and Vanessa Enriquez - Audit Manager Assistant

Merchandise Director:  Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez, Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinators - Sherry Stuart Berman and Sonya Houston

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