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Originally delivered on 11/14/2022 7:08 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 11.14.22

November 14, 2022
Message from the Reps

Thank you to everyone who attended our first in-person Music Studio meeting!

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet so many new families with more than 60 people in attendance.

Special thanks to the talented instrumental and vocal students who prepared a few selections for the attendees: Jazz Vocal Club members Olivia Kunz, president and Phebe Barnett, co-president along with junior Jazz Orchestra students Bix Cole, on piano and Tristan Waife, on upright bass.

Many thanks to our Music AP Ben Schott, who led an informative Q&A with parents. See our recap below with a brief synopsis of what was discussed.

The Jazz Vocal Club is still happily accepting new members!

Is your student interested in joining an after-school music club?  Click here to view all current after-school music clubs. 

Is there a music club that your student is interested in that isn’t listed here? Perhaps they’d like to start one!  

Students are encouraged to start clubs that they are interested in and LaG will try to find a faculty member to oversee the club.  All clubs are run by students, but overseen by faculty for safety.

First In-Person Meeting Recap

Music AP Ben Schott was on hand to have a Q&A with families. Here's a brief synopsis of what was discussed:

  • Practice rooms are available on a first come first served basis. There are 7-8 practice rooms located in the basement, open to both Instrumental & Vocal students throughout the day. Room 261 is also available for larger groups. Currently, there are no practice rooms available after 9th period due to limited staff availability.
  • Vocalist instrumental classes are only available to Juniors and Seniors.  
  • If a student has or sees an instrument that needs repair, they should notify their music teacher immediately.
  • The recording studio is available during 1st & 5th periods for junior and senior students taking a Music Tech class.
  • Music academic classes (Music Theory, Site Singing, Music History) are not offered 10th period and will continue to alternate with PE classes.
  • AP Ben Schott is working on outside partnerships as well as masterclasses that will open additional opportunities for the students; more details to come. 
  • Donations are essential to support our Music Studio programs, accompanists for students, and productions like the Operetta. If every Music Studio family was able to donate $100 then we would be able to meet our goal.  Remember, any contribution (greater or smaller than $100) is welcome and appreciated!!
Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio families,

It was a great pleasure meeting so many of you at the first in-person meeting of the Music Studio board. We had a lot of new freshman families and it was my pleasure to answer so many of their questions.

LaGuardia can become insular because we have everything we need here like musicians, teachers, and a built-in audience. However, our students need to collaborate with others in the world around them and we're trying to bring in a lot of outside partners. We have had the Marine Band,  several NYC Opera singers, and a Met Opera singer doing masterclasses. Very soon I will be sharing some exciting news about some of the partnerships we are working on, so stay tuned.

Remember - if you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at 



Rising Stars Survey Results

Thank you, students! More than 200 of you filled out the Rising Stars Survey despite this busy time. Click here for the results as of 11/9/22. The form remains open for additional student responses.

Save the (Tentative) Date!

Friday, 11/18 at 8 pm

Rising Stars Alumni Panel

Zoom gathering for current students

Join us if you'd like to learn more about past Rising Stars shows and student team positions!

LAGHSPA Rising Stars Committee

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

November 17 - School Spirit Shopping Day (2:30-4:30 pm)

November 17/18 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 18 - Fiorello Friday - string chamber music groups Brahms piano trio featuring Aurora Miller, violin, Gloria Baek, cello, Jeffrey Sussman, piano and Dvorak, Bass Quintet with Yuri Hatazaki, violin, Duncan McVety, violin, Sonia Cretara, viola, Daniel Ku, cello and Gregory Galand, bass all directed by Dr. Valentina Shohdy. 

November 23 -  Fiorello Wednesday with the Gospel Choir conducted by Dr. Daryl Jordan

November 24/25 - School Closed for Thanksgiving

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

Music Studio Merch

School Spirit Shopping Day returns on November 17th!!  We are hoping that our re-orders arrive in time for the event, but we still have plenty of stock and some of our older items will be sold at bargain prices.  We will have a LOT of exciting new merch for the December event, date still TBD.

Just a reminder, our online Music Studio Store is still closed. 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, but remember to click down on the menu and select MUSIC STUDIO!



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.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
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
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
3:30p Clubs Meet
Wednesday, November 23
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Wednesday, November 30
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
3:30p Key Club Gala
5:00p All School Musical: Chicago (Preview)
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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