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Originally delivered on 2/6/2023 7:09 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 2.6.23

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February 6, 2023
Message from the Reps

As we welcome in the month of February, we recognize and celebrate Black History Month. Let us take time to reflect and celebrate how the contributions of African Americans have helped to shape our world for the better - from music to medical science, technological advances and much more. 


Music Studio General Meeting

Please join us for our next Music Studio General Meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Click HERE to join the meeting.


The Music Studio will be presenting Operetta The Merry Widow March 16, 17 and 18. More details to follow.

Riverside Choral Concert

After three years of hiatus, the Music Studio is happy to announce the return of an honored tradition - The Riverside Choral Concert returns on the evening of April 3, 2023, at Riverside Church in Harlem. Stay tuned; more details will be shared as they become available.


Are you looking for opportunities outside of LaGuardia? Please don't forget to checkout the Other Opportunities section at the bottom of this newsletter. There are lots of great opportunities and new ones are constantly being added as we learn about them. Some of the deadlines are close, so check them out before it's too late!

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:

February 13 - Music Studio General Meeting via Zoom, 7:30 p.m.

Click HERE to join the meeting.

February 16 - All-School Spirit Shopping Day, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.,1st floor lobby

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

Welcome to the Spring Semester!

Preparation is underway for some wonderful spring performances, so stay tuned and make sure to add these events to your calendar.

Below you'll find reminders for next steps for seniors, and 2023 NYSSMA Festival information.

Senior Music Students

If you missed my letter last week to seniors, Please click this link to access Music Commencement Exam Next Steps - NYSSMA and Reflective Essay

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 to All State (not freshman or pianists) must have an accompanist, UNLESS the repertoire is for instrument alone (unaccompanied).  All State requires a lengthy recommendation process and requires 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.

Student Spotlight

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Congratulations goes out to Instrumental Sophomore, Diogo Muggiati-Feldman for being accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America for Summer 2023! Click here to find out more about NYO-USA

(We only know if you tell us, so send us your music related good news and we'll give you a shout out.)

Congratulations to LaGuardia students Elijah Allen, Bix Cole, and Ben Sherman, whose Youth Orchestra and Combo were BOTH chosen to compete alongside fellow young musicians in the Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival.

Other Opportunities


Met Opera Choral Lab:  Deadline - February 7, 2023

Calling all singers! Please join us for our inaugural Choral Lab, an exciting opportunity for students from the NY/Tre-state area to learn and rehearse choral classics from the opera repertoire.  Renowned choir director, Bishop Chantel R. Wright, will lead this session to help young singers fine-tune their vocal skills, build confidence, and collaborate with peers across the region.

In tandem with our 2022-2023 Virtual Honors Choir, students will study and perform a new a cappella arrangement of Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore for all voice types.  The score, individual click tracks, and recordings of previous virtual choirs can be found here.

Ability to read sheet music and some choral experience is preferred.

Sign up here if interested.

When: Thursday, February 9th,  6-8 p.m.

Where: The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, List Hall

(entrance is at the Stage Door: enter on Amsterdam Ave between 64th and 65th street. Stage Door entrance will be on your right.)

*Please note students will need to show ID matching the name listed on their jot form.*


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.


Preparatory Division Brass Masterclasses Event

Saturday, 2/18/23 5-6:30 p.m.

Brass students (ages 8-17) interested in learning more about Julliard's preparatory programs are invited to join us for a Brass Masterclasses Event with the Preparatory Division Faculty!

This FREE event will include trumpet, horn, and low brass masterclasses as well as a brief Q&A for students and parents.

Following the event all are invited to attend the Pre-College Orchestra concert in Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Whether you're planning to audition for the Music Advancement Program (MAP) or the Pre-College Program this spring, or you just want to learn more about what the Preparatory Division has to offer, prospective students, parents and educators are all welcome.

To register for this event as a masterclass participant or as an observer, please fill out the registration form. You will receive a confirmation email upon successfully submitting the form.

Are you specifically interested in the Music Advancement Program (MAP)? If so, in addition to attending this brass event, we invite you to attend MAP's In-Person Open House from 12:30-4:40 p.m. immediately before this event! Please register separately for each event. 


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
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
12:00p Principal's Office Hours
7:00p Principal's Office Hours
Thursday, February 9
National Counselor Week
3:30p Dance Showcase Student Event
Friday, February 10
National Counselor Week
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:00p Senior Artshow #1
Monday, February 13
Respect For All Week
Tuesday, February 14
Respect For All Week
6:00p SLT Mtg
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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