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SUBJECT: Music Monday 1.2.23

January 2, 2023
Message from the Reps

Happy New Year Music Studio Families! 

It's hard to believe its January already!

We hope your holiday season was amazing, that you enjoyed time with loved ones, had a restful break, and are feeling energized as we journey into 2023! 

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

Please see our extensive concert schedule for January. Tickets are now available here.

New Merchandise 

We have NEW Merchandise: flannel PJ's, the famous LAGUARDIA hoodies and some new outerwear accessories! Old favorites have returned along with exciting new items too. Prices on ALL pullover hoodies have been reduced to $40!! Stop by our table at during any of the Winter Concerts this month, from 30 minutes before showtime through intermission.

We are happy to announce that our online store is finally open! Orders will be available for pick-up on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 3pm-4:30pm in the front lobby across from the security desk. 

Winter Semi-Annual Concert w/ Senior Chorus & Philharmonic Orchestra
Senior Chorus - Jana Ballard, Conductor
LaGuardia Philharmonic - Joseph Meyers, Conductor
Teacher Spotlight
Dr. Chris Koelzer
Getting To Know Our Music Faculty...

This week the Music Studio spotlights Dr. Christopher Koelzer, who  joined the LaGuardia Music Faculty in 2020 as Vocal Coach, Collaborative Piano Teacher and Accompanist!

Dr. Koelzer hails from the San Franciso Bay area. He performs, records, and coaches regularly in the New York City and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. K has performed across the world as a solo and collaborative pianist.  He attended Aspen Music Festival and School with a full scholarship from 2011-2012, returning as Vocal Fellow in 2014. 

He was a coaching fellow at Wolf Trap Opera in 2017, and selected for Merola Opera Program in 2019 as Apprentice Coach. Dr. K has premiered several operas - as Vocal Coach for the World Premiere of Mazzoli/Vavrek's Proving Up in 2018 at Washington National Opera, and as Chorus Master for the World Premiere of Kaminsky/Reed's Hometown to the World, in 2022 at the Town Hall, NYC.

Dr. K has worked as Assistant Conductor and Vocal Coach with many companies, including Washington National Opera, Northern Lights Music Festival, Maryland Lyric Opera, and Berkshire Opera Festival.

Dr. Koelzer was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance and has worked as Assistant Conductor with Maryland Lyric Opera since 2019. He recently performed at Carnegie Hall as pianist and organist.

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

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 new year has begun. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. Our winter performance season continues with our Winter Gospel Concert, Epiphany, happening this Friday, January 6th at 6:30pm. This is one you won't want to miss!  

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

Happy New Year!

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Music Studio NEW Merchandise!!

Our online Music Studio Store is now openOrders received after 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.

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

Do you have great photography skills? Please don't be shy! Share your LaGuardia Concert photos with us and we'll showcase them in Music Monday and on our updatedwebsite.

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.


2023 Summer Study Applications - Deadline January 25, 2023

We are so pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Alumni & Friends Summer Study Grants for Summer 2023! 

Scholarships are available to juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, who may be eligible to receive financial assistance for supplemental study in their arts discipline during the summer of 2023. Find out all you need to know HERE.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Wednesday, January 4
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Friday, January 6
7:45a Fiorello Friday
4:30p Young Alumni Reunion (Class of 2018-2022)
6:30p Winter Gospel Choir Concert
Tuesday, January 10
6:00p Winter Musicale #1
Wednesday, January 11
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
Thursday, January 12
6:00p Winter Musicale #2
Friday, January 13
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:30p Senior Artshow #1
Tuesday, January 17
4:30p Winter Dance (Hold) - Parents Association
Wednesday, January 18
Lunar New Year Celebration
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p 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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