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SUBJECT: Music Monday 1.23.23

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January 23, 2023
Message from the Reps
Happy Lunar New Year - 2023: The Year of the Rabbit

Today is the second day of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, which is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals, and is observed by millions of people around the world. The Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunar calendar and is derived from 12 full cycles of the moon. Wishing you and your families a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Winter Concert Series

It's Regents Week, but our winter concert series continues this week on January 25, with New Music Showcase, followed by the final concerts of the season on January 26, with Senior Chorus at Carnegie Hall, and the Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band concert in the LaG concert hall.

Music Studio General Meeting

Hopefully you were able to join us on Zoom at our general meeting, which was held on January 17th. A huge thank you goes out to LaG teachers David Blumenthal and Kimberly Roof for joining us and sharing their experiences at The Midwest Clinic with us. We also briefly discussed Juries for Juniors and Seniors.  Click HERE to view the minutes from the meeting. If you'd like to learn more about The Midwest Clinic, please visit 

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 updated website.

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. 

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

January 25 - New Music Ensemble Winter Showcase, 6:30 p.m.

January 26 - Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.

January 26- Senior Chorus performing at We Are Here: Songs from the Holocaust to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Click Here for more info and tickets

**Tickets for all on-site LaGuardia concerts 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,

I hope you've had a chance to witness our wonderful Winter Concert Series thus far. Although it's Regents Week, our winter performance season continues this week with New Music Showcase and Wind Symphony & Symphonic Concert Band. Hope to see you there!  

Below you'll find reminders regarding Regents Week, Blackout Dates, Jury information for Instrumental and Vocal Juniors and Seniors, an important Commencement reminder for Seniors and 2023 NYSSMA Festival information.

Regents Week Blackout Dates for Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band

Tuesday, January 24

Symphonic Band - 8:30 a.m to 12 p.m.

Wind Symphony - 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25

Wind Symphony - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Symphonic Band - 1 to 2:30 p.m.

2023 Music Commencement Assessment for SENIORS ONLY

As we approach term two of your senior year at LaGuardia, we are thinking forward to graduation and the 2023 Music Commencement Assessment leading to the Chancellor’s Diploma Endorsement in Music. 

Please see the attached letter that was sent out to all 12th grade families and students on January 5th. The link to the google doc is HERE

2023 Juries for Instrumental and Vocal JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY

Just a reminder that juries are happening during Regents week. Below you can find the original letters that were sent out in November.



2023 NYSSMA Festival

Attention all instrumental 9, 10, and 11th grade musicians who would like to register for the 2023 NYSSMA Festival, registration has begun.  Please fill out this FORM if you would like to register for the spring festival.

Click the below link for more information about the NYSSMA festival.

Please note regarding All State:  Any instrumentalist who intends to go All State (not freshman or pianists) must have an accompanist UNLESS the repertoire is for instrument alone (unaccompanied).  All State require a lengthy recommendation process and require a commitment from the applicant. For instrumental, All State includes all of the level IV solos but with accompaniment.  

If you have NYSSMA questions, you can email Ms. Roof at or myself.

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Music Studio Merchandise!!

Our online Music Studio Store is now openOrders will be available for pick-up on Fridays, from 3-4:30 pm, in the front lobby across from the security desk.

If you have questions or comments please email

Show Your Appreciation

Your donations do so much to enrich the music education and experiences of each student within the Music Studio. Donations cover such things as Master Classes, Professional Development for teachers, Instrumental upkeep, Accompanists, Annual Operetta costs and much more. Please give what you can and help us reach our goal of $100,000. In many cases corporations offer matching gift donations to nonprofit organizations - the LaGuardia Parents Association is a 501(c)(3) so your gift can have double the impact - so see if your company offers these grants.

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.

Other Opportunities


2023 Summer Applications - Deadline January 25, 2023

This season offers more than 20 intensive programs for instrumentalists, singers, and composers, ages 14 through 20. Learn how to apply now on our website or flip through our brochure to feel a bit of Tanglewood Magic.

LaGuardia students have a coupon code for $30 off of their application! The code is 03BUTI29


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.


Registration Now Open

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

20 Cumming St, New York, NY 10034

Jazz Power Youth Spring Performance workshop is an award-winning, transformational, 12-week multidisciplinary program in singing, dancing and acting for youth ages 10-17. With support from the National Endowment from the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Miranda Family Fund with the Hispanic Federation, the Common Sense Fund, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the program is offered at no cost to families who fully commit to the program schedule and attendance policy.


Creative Stage Collective is a multi-generational troupe of kids and adults who create original works based on the imaginative ideas of children, based in Harlem.

Seeking a percussionist to play O Fortuna from Carmina Burana as part of our Musical Sketch Comedy Revue called Creative Stage Spectacular. 

Candidates need to be available to attend 2 hours of rehearsal that will be scheduled at some point on the following dates/times, as well as the dress rehearsal in the theater.

1/29 (between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

2/5 (between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

2/8 and 2/9 (between 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

2/10 (between 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

All rehearsals take place at 154 West 93rd St.


Interested candidates should contact Madeline Bender at


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.


Inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition 

Art of the Piano, led by Awadagin Pratt, is thrilled to hold its inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition.  Taking place in the summer of 2023, this bi-annual competition is specifically for talented young African American pianists.  

The aim of this Competition is to give these young artists a highly visible platform to showcase their skills, gain opportunities, experience, and support.  Additionally, the Competition aims to get more African American artists on concert stages in general, to commission new works, and to add more African American pianistic voices to the classical canon. Apply by 3/1/23.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Monday, January 23
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
Tuesday, January 24
6:00p SLT Mtg
Wednesday, January 25
11:15a Box Office Open
6:30p New Music Showcase
Thursday, January 26
2:30p School Spirit Shopping Day
6:30p Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony Concert
7:30p We Are Here: Songs from the Holocaust
Wednesday, February 1
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Friday, February 3
BSU Celebration #1
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Monday, February 6
National Counselor Week
Tuesday, February 7
National Counselor Week
Wednesday, February 8
National Counselor Week
7:30a Principal's Office Hours
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a 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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