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Originally delivered on 3/20/2023 7:33 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 3.20.23

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March 20, 2023
Message from the Reps


“Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” 
— Oprah Winfrey

Happy Spring Music Studio Families,

Welcome to longer hours of sunlight and warmer temperatures.

Can you believe there's only one more week left in March! Time is marching right along!

The spring concert season is in full swing. This week saw the amazing Operetta Workshop production of The Merry Widow. Congratulations to the performers, pit orchestra, teachers and technical design on a wonderful production. Check out a few photo highlights from the show, down below.

Ms. Mary Ann Swerdfeger - Artistic Director

Dr. Valentina Shohdy - Conductor and Music Director

Dr. Chris Koelzer - Accompanist and Assistant Music Director

Mr. G. Ben Swope - Technical


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.

You may purchase tickets at

Or, scan the QR code below:

Operetta Workshop: The Merry Widow
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


The Riverside Choral Concert is coming up on April 3.

Tickets for Riverside 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

David Isaak - 9th Grade, Vocal 

Voice & Opera (Merit Award)

Elijah Ilkay - 10th Grade, Vocal

Musical Theatre Production (Merit Award)

New York Philharmonic - Honorable Mention

Nika Nodjouomi - 10th Grade, Instrumental

Jazz Performance & Improvisation

New York Philharmonic - Full Scholarship

Ezra Kessler - 11th Grade, Instrumental

Jazz Performance & Improvisation

New York Philharmonic - Full Scholarship

Nathanael Lee - 11th Grade, Instrumental

Volunteers Needed


Hello, Music Families! 

We are so excited by the upcoming April 3rd, 7pm Choral Concert at Riverside Church, Manhattan!! We have wonderful volunteer opportunities available, and we need your help for this very special day/evening. 

Please click on the link below and either log in to your Membership Tool Kit account or, if you don't have an account, you can create one. Then choose how you would like to help. 

We look forward to sharing this event with you!

Volunteer Here!

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Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

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.

April 3 - Riverside Choral Concert, Riverside Church in Harlem, 7 p.m.

purchase tickets HERE

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


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
Wednesday, March 22
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
Thursday, March 23
Parent Teacher Conferences
2:30p School Spirit Shopping Day
Friday, March 24
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 27
Environmental Week
Tuesday, March 28
Environmental Week
4:00p Open House for Admitted Students
6:00p SLT Mtg
7:00p SDF #2: You on the Moors Now
Wednesday, March 29
Environmental Week
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
7:00p SDF #2: You on the Moors Now
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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