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Originally delivered on 3/13/2023 6:46 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 3.13.23

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March 13, 2023
Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
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Message from the Reps


“Friends. Sisters. Mothers. Professors. When women affirm women, it unlocks our power. It gives us permission to shine brighter.” 
— Elaine Welteroth

Hello Music Studio Families!

March is marching along at a steady, but quick pace! 

Here's the run down of what has happened over the past week and what's coming up:

Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow, 3/16-3/18

The spring performance season kicks off this week with the Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow. You can find the schedule of performances. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

The Music Studio will be selling merchandise each night of the performance, and as such, we need a few volunteers! See the Volunteer section below for more details. 

Be sure to stop by to make a purchase or just to say hello!

Music Studio General Meeting

Last Tuesday was our Music Studio General Meeting. Former Music Studio parent Nan Hawley moderated the discussion by c/o 2022 LaG graduates, who discussed their college decisions, experiences, and shared some valuable pearls of wisdom. You can find the meeting minutes HERE.



*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

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. 

The Riverside Choral Concert features our 10th, 11th and 12th grade curricular ensemble: Senior Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Cantare, and Treble Chorus. Ensembles will perform a program of varied choral literature featuring folk songs, contemporary pieces, spirituals, and other choral works.

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

Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser Results
Thank You Music Studio!

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who created a popcorn pop-up store, sold pop corn, purchased popcorn, and shared the links. We had 543 supporters with event total sales of $29,138. 

The Music Studio will receive 50% of the profits, totaling $14,569.

Congratulations to our Top Sellers:

Nigel Swinson (vocal)

Sonya Houston (vocal)

Monique Johnson (instrumental)

Kendall Hollmon (vocal)

Our Double Good popcorn fundraiser may be over, but it's never too late to donate to the Music Studio. Donate Now!

Blurb From Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

We are excited to announce our spring performance calendar.  As we create the calendar, we must balance the needs of the studios, and student academic needs and commitments.  The below provides all ensembles with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning through performance.  

Tickets can be purchased at


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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Student Spotlight

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The Music Studio sends CONGRATULATIONS out to all LaGuardia Students who were accepted into Interlochen, as well as those who are award recipients. 

Healey Benari -9th Grade, Instrumental 

Wind Ensemble - Flute

Julian Craig - 9th Grade, Vocal

Andrea Enriquez - 9th Grade, Vocal

Jazz Performance and Improvisation

Issa Otis Hadden - 9th Grade, Instrumental

Classical Guitar Intensive

Popular Music Performance

New York Philharmonic - Honorable Mention

Elijah Ilkay - 10th Grade, Vocal

Musical Theatre Production (Merit Award)

New York Philharmonic - Honorable Mention

David Isaak - 9th Grade, Vocal 

Voice & Opera (Merit Award)

Ezra Kessler - 11th Grade, Instrumental

Jazz Performance & Improvisation

New York Philharmonic Full Scholarship

Volunteers Needed


We need your help for merchandise sales for our 4 Merry Widow performances on Thurs. 3/16, Fri. 3/17, and Sat. 3/18. If you can give some of your time that would be greatly appreciated!

Merchandise sales truly do help our students in the music studio to be able to participate in these wonderful opportunities. And it's a fun way to be involved in our school community!

Below is link for you to click and sign up for the show for which you would like to volunteer. And please leave your contact info as you sign up.

The Merry Widow Operetta (

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Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

March 16-18 Operetta: The Merry Widow Buy tickets HERE

  • 3/16 - Paris Cast, 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/17 - Marsovia Cast, 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/18 - Marsovia Cast, 1:30 p.m.; Paris Cast, 6:30 p.m

March 23 - All-School Spirit Shopping Day, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., 1st Fl Lobby

March 31 - Concerto Concert, Philharmonic Orchestra, 6:30 p.m.

Show Your Support
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

Other Opportunities


Teen Summer Workshops

Welcome to Summer at Third Street!

We understand the importance of continuing your music and dance education year round, so we hope that you will register for individual lessons, or one of our exciting summer workshops:

Piano Ensemble Workshop

Chamber Music Workshop

Musical Theatre Workshop, Level II

Jazz Workshop

Instrument or Voice Lessons

Early Bird Pricing  for all summer programs expire 3/15


ISO at Third Street is excited to present the return of Third Street's Annual Concerto Competition on Sunday, March 19. This concert will feature 6 soloists performing with the ISO at Third Symphony and Concert Orchestras. The concert is open to the public and the runtime is 1 hour and 50 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are on sale and available to the public via the Symphony Space box office.

Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m.


Marketing Yourself As A 21st Century Musician

Discover how to set yourself apart as an artist.

Taught by Grammy and International Opera Award Nominee, Johnathan McCullough

Wednesday, March 29,  7-9 p.m. via Zoom


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.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, March 14
7:00p SDF #1: Rent!
Wednesday, March 15
Women's History Celebration
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
7:00p SDF #1: Rent!
Thursday, March 16
6:30p Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
7:00p SDF #1: Rent!
Friday, March 17
7:45a Fiorello Friday
1:00p Senior Artshow #3
6:30p Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
7:00p SDF #1: Rent!
Saturday, March 18
1:30p Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
6:30p Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
Wednesday, March 22
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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