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Originally delivered on 2/27/2023 7:09 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 2.27.23

February 27, 2023
Message from the Reps

Welcome back Music Studio Families!

Can you believe March is in two days and spring is right around the corner?

We hope you had an enjoyable break filled with fun and a little rest and relaxation. 

Before the break, Halley Shefler, Founder and President of Artsbridge, and Ariel Strasser, VP for Artistic Programs for Artsbridge, joined our monthly general meeting to discuss their summer program and other offerings. Missed the meeting? You can review the meeting minutes here and find links to Artsbridge below.


Music Studio General Meeting

March 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for our next Music Studio General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Topic: College Bound- Life After LaGmoderated by former Music Studio parent Nan Hawley.

*All students interested in Artsbridge Summer Program - Deadline extended to 3/15*

ArtsBridge Summer gives actors, singers, and fashion designers intensive, immersive training in their art form along with specialized guidance on what it takes to succeed in the college admissions process in their major. These programs are for high school and college transfer students who are seriously considering a college major or minor in the arts. Students work with top college faculty from across the country.


Click HERE to get in touch with Artsbridge


with Double Good Gourmet Popcorn - raise lots of money for The Music Studio and enjoy a delicious treat!

4 days only! Sale runs March 8-12 so get those orders in!

Join in the delicious fun of selling delectable gourmet popcorn with minimal work and all the benefit. Set up your virtual pop-up shop in a snap and share with your friends and family far and wide. Each time someone buys a bag of popcorn from you, 50% of the profit comes back to the Music Studio. You don't have to lift a finger - well, maybe if you want to check your sales. 100% virtual, no handling of money or product. The popcorn is packaged and shipped directly to the buyer. So make sure to get in on the challenge for some extra fun, and support your Music Studio all at the same time! 

Set up your shop now so when the event launches on March 8th you are ready to go.  

Step 1: download the Double Good app on iphone or android

Step 2:  enter our event code UQR TPM in the app.  

Step 3: create your personalized pop-up store. You can upload a 20 second video or put a photo of you singing or playing your instrument - show off and get lots of sales! 

Step 4: All stores will go live at 7 p.m. on March 8th and run until March 12th at 7 p.m.  

You can share your link in several ways - social media, text or email. Sell, Sell, Sell and support the Music Studio!


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


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. Lots of volunteers will be needed. Stay tuned; more details will be shared as they become available.

We Need Your Help!

THANK YOU for your generous donations!

But we still have a ways to go. Show your support by donating now. 


 No amount is too small and all donations are welcome! Please give what you can to help us reach our goal of $100,000

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.

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.

Click the "Donate Now!" button
Volunteers Needed


The Music Studio needs approximately 60 volunteers for the Riverside Choral Concert on Monday, April 3rd. Details to follow.

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. 

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Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

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

Topic: College Bound; Life After LaG

Click HERE to join

March 8-12 - Double Good Virtual Popcorn Fundraiser: Instrumental vs. Vocal - Who will raise the most money?

March 10 - Fiorello Friday

March 16, 17, 18 - Operetta: The Merry Widow, 6:30 p.m.

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

Welcome back!

I hope you had a restful mid winter break.

It's hard to believe that we are more than half way through the school year.

Spring is coming and so too are all of exciting spring shows, so make sure to save the dates on your calendars!

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

Student Spotlight

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15th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival

The Music Studio sends out CONGRATULATIONS to 2023 Instrumental Senior, Elijah Allen, who competed in the 15th annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival on the weekend of February 18th, taking home an award for "Outstanding Soloist". The weekend culminated with Elijah sitting in the Mingus Big Band at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday evening, February 19th.

Other Opportunities


The Metropolitan Opera will host another session of the Met Opera Choral Lab for local high school students, this time on Tuesday March 7th from 4-6pm at the Opera Learning Center at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Those of you who couldn’t make it for the last session can join this session led by guest conductor Bishop Chantel Wright! Please RSVP by Friday, March 3rd using the link below. 

Met Choral Lab Sign-up

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rae De Vine (contact info below).

Rae De Vine (she/they)

Manager of Program Operations, Education

The Metropolitan Opera

Directions to the Met Stage Door:

Enter on Amsterdam Avenue between 64th and 65th Street. 

The Stage Door entrance will be on your right. 

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


Opportunity #1

From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab will be presenting a special leadership conversation in NYC for young musicians on March 8 at 6 pm: “Inside the Career of An Iconic Arts Leader,” where pianist Emanuel Ax will interview NY Phil CEO Deborah Borda. 

The evening is free of charge and will include a discussion and community building reception afterwards.

As space is limited, please RSVP no later than Thursday, March 2

For more information and RSVP, click HERE

All attendees must RSVP individually through the link to attend. 

Opportunity #2

From the Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians ages 8-18. Students take part in their Fellowship, which includes recording for the NPR radio program and participating in online sessions with peers, exploring the power of community engagement, content creation, and career paths as musicians. 

If you would like to apply for this opportunity click HERE 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023

FROM THE TOP Scholarship Opportunity

For any dedicated young musicians with financial need, in need of funds to support an instrument purchase, regular private lessons, or summer program tuition, students can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. From the Top’s need-based award of up to $10,000 given in conjunction with full participation in From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab Fellowship.

  • To be considered for the JKCYAA Fall 2023 Class, all application materials must be received by April 15, 2023.
  • High School seniors graduating in 2024 must apply by November 15, 2023 in order to be considered for the award before graduation.


Application deadlines vary by program, so please check the website.

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 28
BSU Celebration #2
6:00p SLT Mtg
Wednesday, March 1
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Friday, March 3
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:00p Senior Artshow #2
8:00p मुक्ति : MUKTI
Wednesday, March 8
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
Friday, March 10
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Tuesday, March 14
7:00p SDF #1: Rent!
Wednesday, March 15
Women's History Celebration
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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