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Originally delivered on 11/7/2022 7:47 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 11.7.22

November 7, 2022
Message from the Reps

Join Us!!

What: Our first in-person meeting at LaG! 

When: Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30pm for “Meet & Greet” with a special performance from the LaGuardia Jazz Vocal Club.  Meeting begins at 7:00pm

Where: Recital Hall, 2nd floor, room 209 

Special Guest: Assistant Principal Ben Schott - Mr. Schott will be on hand to answer all Music Studio related questions.

Please send questions to no later than 10 am, Tuesday, November 8th 

We look forward to meeting you!


Congratulations to the LaGuardia Jazz Orchestra led by Rocco Carbone and the LaGuardia Jazz Ensemble led by Kevin Blancq who entertained a nearly full house on Friday evening in the Little Flower Theatre.  The performances were amazing, with many audience members saying that it felt like they were at a professional show, as opposed to a high school performance!

Rising Stars Survey

The Rising Stars survey is extended to 6 pm this Tuesday, 11/8 (TOMORROW!)

The future of Rising Stars is at stake. We have received about 100 responses, but there are 2,400+ students at LaG this year. If the student body thinks Rising Stars is important to the LaG community (regardless of whether or not they wish to participate), it is crucial for them to speak up!

NOTE: Students should use their email accounts to take the survey.

For questions or feedback, please email

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

November 8 -  school closed for Election Day 

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

November 10 - Fiorello Friday presents the Jazz Vocal Club

November 11 - school closed for Veteran's Day

November 30 - December 10 - All-school musical: Chicago (Teen Edition), purchase tickets here - seats are going fast!

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

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio families,

What a wonderful weekend of music for LaGuardia friends and family! On Friday night the Jazz Ensemble led by Rocco Carbone and the Jazz Orchestra Fall led by Kevin Blancq performed in the Little Flower Theater.  It was an amazing show with some spectacular performances by the students.  

On Saturday, the Operetta cast appeared as the chorus in the New York premiere of Hometown to the World, a chamber opera at The Town Hall. It was another wonderful show and a great opportunity for LaG students.

The running list for student opportunities - which can be reviewed here - has several upcoming free ticket opportunities.  



Music Studio Merch

The Music Studio had a very successful School Spirit Shopping Day on October 27th!!  We sold out of a lot of our old items and showed off some of our new ones!  We will be ordering more merch soon and will have some exciting new items in stock for upcoming concerts and future in school shopping days.  

Just a reminder, 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.


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.  To apply for Senior Division (Experienced, ages 10-17) click here:

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, November 8
11:00a Senior rep meeting
Wednesday, November 9
Indigenous Heritage Celebration
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Tuesday, November 15
4:30p SLT Closed Mtg
Wednesday, November 16
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
Thursday, November 17
Senior Graduation Portraits
4:30p Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 18
Senior Graduation Portraits
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:00p Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, November 21
3:30p Clubs Meet
Wednesday, November 23
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
11:15a Box Office Open
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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