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Originally delivered on 12/5/2022 8:04 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.5.22

December 5, 2022
Message from the Reps

Hello Music Studio Families,

December is well underway with some really exciting things happening, so be sure to check out the Don't Forget section.

Don't Miss The Next Music Studio Meeting!

Our next Music Studio meeting is Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30 pm, and this is one not to miss!  We will have special guests from French Woods and Interlochen joining us. 

The meeting will be held virtually on zoom - Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here to review minutes from our last meeting on November 9th.

New Merchandise - HOLIDAY SALE!

Finally, we are so happy to announce that new merchandise has been delivered and will be available for sale at the School Spirit Sale on December 15th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm and at future shows. We have some old favorites and exciting new items too, just in time for holiday shopping. We have reduced prices are on ALL our pullover hoodies - now $45 including our brand new merch!

Fingers crossed that our online store will open late next week, but we will likely announce it with a separate email.

Chicago: Teen Edition

The All-School Musical, Chicago: Teen Edition has opened to rave reviews! "AMAZING!", "INCREDIBLE", "Must See!"

So, come out and support the students who have worked so hard on this production and see the wonderful collaboration that makes LaGuardia so special!  

Happy December everyone!

Congratulations Senior Chorus!

Congratulations to the Senior Chorus and Ms. Jana Ballard, conductor, who performed at Carnegie Hall on November 29th as part of the DCINY's (Distinguished Concerts International New York) The Holiday Music of Eric Whitacre, (including the world premiere of The Gift of the Magi), concert!

Jana Ballard has been on the music faculty at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts since the fall of 2007.

Senior Chorus is an advanced level mixed choir for junior and senior music majors. Senior Chorus members are accepted into the choir based on musicianship, sight-reading, and teacher recommendations. Senior Chorus performs several concerts a year, featuring a variety of choral genres. Senior Chorus members are regularly invited to perform in festival choirs throughout New York City. Senior Chorus has worked with Eric Whitacre several times in masterclass settings at LaG.

Giving Tuesday

We raised just over $1100 for the Music Studio on Giving Tuesday!  The Music Studio would like to thank every donor for your generosity and continued support!  But remember, no need to limit your giving to just one day - we welcome any donations to the Music Studio are gratefully accepted!  Click the QR code below, but remember to select Music Studio from the options!

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

I am excited to provide you with information on some upcoming outside performances that our upper level choruses will be participating in!

Senior Chorus 

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Senior Chorus will perform in We Are Here: Songs from the Holocaust at Carnegie Hall on January 26.  This concert, presented by The Museum of Jewish Heritage, features songs written in the ghettos and camps of Nazi-occupied Europe performed by top cantors alongside pop and Broadway talent. From heart-wrenching folk ballads to up-tempo satire, these songs present a powerful tribute to artists who, in the worst of times, continued to create and make a better world for us all. For more information and to purchase tickets go to 

Show Choir

The Show Choir will join New York City Opera for an evening of caroling at Bryant Park on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 pm. A quartet of singers from New York City Opera will perform an hour of iconic Christmas carols alongside students from the Show Choir, accompanied by a brass quintet. This concert will be filled with holiday favorites perfect for people of all ages. This free performance takes place near the Christmas Tree and can be enjoyed by skaters on the Rink as well as visitors throughout the rink deck.

Gospel Choir

As part of our ongoing collaboration with Interlochen Center for the Arts, our choir students will be featured in a performance on March 3 in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

The performance is being hosted by the New York Philharmonic, featuring 140 Interlochen Arts Academy students. The performance will open with the world premiere of an interdisciplinary piece titled Mukti. That will be followed by a side-by-side performance featuring the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and members of the Philharmonic performing works by Valerie Coleman, John Wineglass, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Mary Watkins. At the end of the concert, our Gospel Choir will join in a surprise performance of Glory by John Legend and Common.


Tickets to this performance are selling fast! As a partner of Interlochen, we are being offered deeply discounted tickets, at a total price of $10 per person, inclusive of all fees. To purchase tickets for your family, please visit the New York Philharmonic Box Office today and use code FAMILY10. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.



Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

December 6 - Music Studio General meeting at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

Special Guests from French Woods and Interlochen camps

Register in advance for this meeting:

December 8-10 - All-school musical: Chicago (Teen Edition), online ticket sales are closed, but box office opens one hour before performances to sell remaining tickets and for Will Call.  Unpaid tickets being held at Will Call will be released for sale to general public 30 minutes before performances.

December 9 - Fiorello Friday featuring Kenji Golden and Duncan McVety on violin, Alexandra Pellot on cello and Keiko Golden (parent) on piano.

December 13 - Show Choir joins New York City Opera for an evening of caroling in Bryant Park at 6 pm

December 15 - School Spirit Shopping Day: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the lobby

December 18 - Show Choir performs at Bryant Park 2 pm

December 21 & 22 - Winter Semi-Annual Concert w/ Senior Chorus & Philharmonic Orchestra  6:30 pm at LaG

December 23 - Fiorello Friday featuring Show Choir

Music Studio Merch

School Spirit Shopping Day returns on December 15th!!  

We will have replenishment of many items that we sold through, as well as a LOT of exciting new merch - including the most anticipated FAME hoodie for December pre-orders and hopefully through our online store, so be sure to stop by our tables!

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

Volunteers Needed

The Music Studio is currently seeking someone with web development experience as we update our Music Studio online store and website. If you have any skills that you would like to share, please reach out to us at

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. Apply by 12/15/22.


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.


Summer Applications Now Open

MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience for students ages 8 to 17 in a dynamic conservatory setting. Students will develop their musical skills and will join a vibrant community of young musicians.  Early decision date: 1/16/23.  Applications due by 2/17/23. Visit website for more details.

Precollege Applications Open 12/1/22

MSM’s Precollege program gives talented students professional instruction and multiple performing opportunities in a supportive environment, as well as collaborative time spent with like-minded peers, many of whom become life-long friends and colleagues. Students take part in either the Classical Program or the Jazz Program.

Instruction each Saturday throughout the school year includes a weekly private lesson and classes such as theory, ear training, composition, orchestra, chorus, and conducting. Students also take part in numerous performances held in our various recital halls. Click here for more information.


Summer String Quartet Program 

MICM, located in Northern Wisconsin is a summer program focused on chamber music. They offer an immersive three-week string quartet program for around 30 high school and college students. The program costs $3,865 including tuition, room and board. Scholarships are available and awarded based on financial need. Click here for more information.   Apply by 2/15/23.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, December 6
Donation Raiser - Asylum Seekers, NY Immigrants
Computer Science Celebration Week
Wednesday, December 7
Donation Raiser - Asylum Seekers, NY Immigrants
Computer Science Celebration Week
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
3:30p Game Night for Seniors
Thursday, December 8
Donation Raiser - Asylum Seekers, NY Immigrants
Computer Science Celebration Week
7:00p All School Musical: Chicago
Friday, December 9
Donation Raiser - Asylum Seekers, NY Immigrants
Computer Science Celebration Week
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:30p Winter Semi-Annual Art Show Opening
5:30p Tour for Prospective Families
7:00p All School Musical: Chicago
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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