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Originally delivered on 12/19/2022 6:31 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.19.22

December 19, 2022
Message from the Reps

Hello Music Studio Families,

The holidays are here! 

There are many exciting things happening; be sure to check out the Don't Forget section below! 

Please see our extensive Concert schedule for December through January. Tickets are now available here.

New Merchandise - HOLIDAY SALE!

We have NEW Merchandise: flannel PJ's, the famous LAGUARDIA Hoodies and some great stocking stuffers! We will have some old favorites and exciting new items too, just in time for holiday shopping. Prices on ALL pullover hoodies have been reduced to $40!! Stop by our table at the Semi-Annual Concerts this Wednesday and Thursday, from 6pm through intermission.

We are happy to announce that our online store is finally open! Order before Wednesday at midnight to receive in time for the holidays. Holiday pick-up will be on Thursday, December 22nd, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, or at Thursday's Semi-Annual Concert.

ALL orders received after Wednesday, December 21, will be available for pick-up on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 3pm-4:30pm in the front lobby across from the security desk.

Thank You!

The Music Studio is grateful to all of our supporters and volunteers. Without our collaborative efforts, we would not be able to provide our students with the necessary extras to enhance their artistic endeavors and their evolution as artists, which includes assisting our teachers with classroom accompanists and professional consultants, along with additional professional development.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season filled with love, peace and joy, and a restful break.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023! 

Young Arts Winners!

The Music Studio would like to correct our previous announcement of the YoungArts winners. We unintentionally omitted two of our winning music students: Luna Adams and Piper Miller.

We are proud of our Music Studio students for being recognized for their talents in receiving awards from YoungArts, The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

So, once again, we'd like to send out a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all winners from the LaGuardia Music Studio - because, twice is nice!

Film - Merit

Luna Adams | Experimental

Voice - Finalist

Fiorela Miria | Classical: Soprano

Classical Music - Merit

Yufei Chen | Piano

Aurora Miller | Violin

Wyatt Pepper | Composition

Jhailyn Falcon | Jazz

Voice - Merit

Piper Miller | Singer/Songwriter

Lily Pool | Singer/Songwriter

Founded in 1981, YoungArts identifies exceptional young artists, amplifies their potential, and invests in their lifelong creative freedom. 

You can learn more about YoungArts here.

Show Choir Joins NYC Opera in Bryant Park

The Show Choir, conducted by Jeanne Cascio,  joined the New York City Opera and was accompanied by the New York City Opera Brass Ensemble for an evening of caroling in the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park last Tuesday.

Teacher Spotlight: Holiday Edition
Getting To Know Our Music Faculty...

As we get ready for the holiday season, the Music Studio thought a fun and festive way to introduce our music faculty, and get to know them a little bit better, would be to ask them to participate in a little holiday question and answer fun. This week we are asking: 

Joseph Myers, Coordinator of Instrumental Music

Q: What is your favorite holiday movie?

A: I'm from a fairly large family, one of five children. Every year growing up, we would watch the holiday classic, it's A Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. The movie is about an angel sent from heaven to help a frustrated and desperate businessman see that his life really mattered and what the lives of loved ones would have been like if he had never existed.  One year, my oldest sister claimed she had never seen it.  My siblings and I found this to be hysterically funny.  Ever since, we take turns pretending we have never seen or heard of the movie. Inevitably, we would sit down and watch the movie again, together. 

Q: Finish this thought, "It wouldn't be the holiday season without _____?

A: Seeing family. On Christmas Eve, my siblings and their children get together for a large meal and to exchange presents.  On Christmas Day, I travel to Los Angeles to spend the remainder of the holiday with my in-laws.

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

December 20 - Deadline to fill out the FORM for in-person Interlochen Arts Camp auditions at LaG (see the Blurb from Ben for more details!)

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

December 23 - Fiorello Friday featuring Show Choir Carols

January 6 - Winter Gospel Choir Concert 6:30pm

January 10 - Winter Musicale #1, 6pm, featuring: 

  • Concert Orchestra
  • Treble Chorus
  • Mixed Chorus
  • Symphony Orchestra

January 12 - Winter Musicale #2, 6pm, featuring:

  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Operetta Workshop
  • Elementary Chorus
  • Cantare

January 13 - Interlochen Arts Camp In-Person Auditions at LaGuardia

January 25 - New Music Ensemble Winter Showcase, 6pm

January 26 - Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Winter Concert, 6:30pm

Tickets can be purchased online at until 10am the day before the concert. They can also be purchased in person beginning one hour before the concert. 

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

It is hard to believe that the holidays are here and Winter Break is just next week, which means that our performance season is in full swing!  Don't miss the Winter Semi-Annual concerts happening this week!

Below you'll find a reminder regarding an in-person audition opportunity for Interlochen Arts Camp, happening at LaGuardia in January.

Interlochen Arts Camp In Person Auditions at LaGuardia 1/13

As a partner of Interlochen, our students are eligible for a limited number of full tuition scholarships to attend camp in summer 2023. In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must complete an APPLICATION by January 15, 2023. Use the code LaGuardia23 to waive the application fee. 


As part of the application, students must submit an audition or audition in person.  Interlochen Arts Camp will hold in person auditions here at LaGuardia on January 13, 2022 (during the school day).  Please fill out this FORM by December 20 if you would like to audition in person on January 13th. 

Happy Holidays!

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


Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Music Studio NEW Merchandise!!

Our online Music Studio Store is now openOrders received before Wednesday at midnight can be picked up on Thursday, December 22nd from 3:00 - 4:30pm.

If you have questions or comments please email

Show Your Appreciation

Giving to your Music Studio has just become easier! 

We are happy to announce that we now have a QR code for direct donations to the Music Studio! No longer do you have to select Music Studio from a drop-down box. We welcome any donations, and all are greatly appreciated!  Just click the QR code below.

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


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.


Applications open 1/16/23

The NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions Summer Programs include the following options for students: Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop, Percussion, Strings, Brass Workshop, Woodwind Intensive, Piano Intensive, Vocal Performance Intensive, Screen Scoring Workshop, Songwriters Workshop, Musical Theatre Conducting Intensive, Music Technology Intensive, Music Business: What Makes a Star. Click the link above for more information.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, December 20
BSU Kwanzaa Event (Hold)
Create Your Own Gram (Lunch Periods)
1:00p Club Meeting. Chairs
Wednesday, December 21
Create Your Own Gram (Lunch Periods)
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
6:30p Winter Semi-Annual Concert
Thursday, December 22
Winter Sing
Gram Distribution - Period 3
6:30p Winter Semi-Annual Concert
Friday, December 23
Winter Sing
7:45a Fiorello Friday
7:45a LagMas!!
Wednesday, December 28
11:15a Box Office Open
Friday, December 30
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
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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