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Originally delivered on 4/3/2023 10:09 am

SUBJECT: Music Monday 4.03.23

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April 3, 2023
Message from the Reps


All Music Studio families please join us at the Spring Choral Concert TODAY, April 3rd at 7pm!

Purchase tickets at 

Adult tickets are $30 and students are $20 same price online or at the door.

After three years of hiatus, the Music Studio is happy to announce the return of an honored tradition - The Spring Choral Concert returns this evening, at Riverside Church in Harlem. 

The Spring 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.

Commemorate the occasion with a Spring Choral Concert tee, featuring all participating choir students. Get your t-shirt while supplies last! Order HERE.

Happy Spring Break!

The Music Studio wishes all in observance of:

Ramadan, which began March 22, a continued Ramadan Mubarak!

Passover, Chag Sameach!

and a Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a fun, restful and rejuvenating Spring Break!

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Music Monday will be on break too! 

We'll have more information on all the music happenings for the second half of a very full spring calendar!

See ya on the 17th!

Concerto Concert with the LaG Philharmonic

Congratulations to all of the Concerto soloists and the LaG Philharmonic, conducted by Joseph Meyers!

Concerto Soloists:

Jack Crisan, Viola

Gregory Galand, Bass

Aurora Miller, Violin

Jordan Petan, French Horn

Jazz Orchestra Concert, April 18th
Blurb From Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

Spring has sprung, everything's blooming, and spring break is upon us.

We are excited to continue the spring performance season with our final performance before the break; the Spring Choral Concert, tonight, 7 p.m. at Riverside Church in Harlem. Tickets for Riverside are still available and can be purchased at

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

Teacher Spotlight
Spring Choral Concert

The Music Studio is excited to announce the return of the annual Spring Choral Concert, and would like to acknowledge the wonderful music teachers who have worked so hard to prepare the students and help bring it to fruition.

Jana Ballard

Conductor, Cantare & Senior Chorus

Assistant Director, Mixed Chorus

Jana Ballard has been on the music faculty at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts since the fall of 2007. Ms. Ballard conducts both the Senior Chorus and Cantare, teaches Solo Voice, and assists in Mixed Chorus. She served as the Repertoire & Standards Senior High School Chair for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association from 2012-2016. Ms. Ballard frequently serves as a guest conductor and clinician for honors choirs; she has also served as a clinician and guest pedagogue with the Metropolitan Opera Education Program. 

Dr. Chris Koelzer, Accompanist

Dr. Koelzer has accompanied and coached at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan since 2020, and is excited to have joined the Vocal Faculty in 2022 as Operetta Workshop Music Team, Collaborative Piano teacher, and assisting choral ensembles. 

Dr. Koelzer performs, records, and coaches regularly in the New York City and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, and holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degrees in Collaborative Piano from University of Maryland, College Park.

Jeanne Cascio
Jonah Piali
Mary Ann Swerdfeger
Conductor, Treble Chorus
Conductor, Mixed Chorus
Assistant Director, Treble Chorus
Assistant Director, Senior Chorus

Volunteers Needed


Hello, Music Families! 

Please 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. 

Lend a helping hand and meet fellow Music Studio parents too!

Your help is always needed and much appreciated!

Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

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

Purchase tickets HERE

Buy a commemorative t-shirt HERE

April 18- Jazz Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m. Purchase Tickets HERE

April 19 - Vail Opera Camp Auditions at LaGuardia. Sign up to audition HERE

April 24- Music Studio General Meeting, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom 

April 25- Laguardia Wind Bands Concert: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, 6:30 p.m. Purchase Tickets HERE

April 28 - Spring Musicale #1: Concert Orchestra, Treble Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, 6 p.m.

Show Your Support
Now There's Even More Ways to Support the Music Studio!

Text LAGMUSIC to 44321 to receive a private link to donate via credit card or bank account.

Celebrate your student and support the LaGuardia High School Music Studio! 

Don't forget to share with your networks!

Music Studio Merchandise!!


For a limited time, you can purchase a commemorative t-shirt to celebrate the return of the Spring Choral Concert, held at Riverside Church in Harlem.

The Music Studio has some NEW MERCHANDISE just in time for Spring!

Don't be shy; show off your school spirit in our latest 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


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, April 5
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, April 7
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Tuesday, April 18
6:30p Jazz Orchestra Night
Wednesday, April 19
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
Thursday, April 20
9:00a Junior Scenes
Tuesday, April 25
12th Grade Special Activity
9th Grade Special Activity
6:00p SLT Mtg
6:30p Wind Bands Concert
Wednesday, April 26
11:15a Box Office Open
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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