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Originally delivered on 5/8/2023 7:36 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 5.08.23

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May 8, 2023
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week!

National Teacher Day is tomorrow, May 9th - “a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”  

A little history....

National Teacher Day was born in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. However, it didn't become a national holiday until March 7, 1980, after the National Education Association, along with its Kansas and Indiana State affiliates, lobbied Congress. 

In 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. The following year, the National Education Association voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

The Music Studio acknowledges all of our wonderful teachers and support staff!

Thank You!


Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal of Music

Joseph Meyers

Coordinator of Instrumental Music

Bernice G. Fleischer

Assistant Principal of Music Emeritus

Instrumental Faculty

Krystyna Berman

Kevin Blancq

Jonathan Bloomfield

David Blumenthal

Rocco Carbone

Leonardo Freire

John Hamilton

Kimberly Roof

Dr. Valentina Shohdy

T.J. Walker

Roslyn White

Vocal Faculty

Robert Apostle

Jana Ballard

Jeanne Cascio

Victor Clark

Dawn Jones

Dr. Darryl Jordan

Flora Kirou

Dr. Christopher Koelzer

Jonah Piali

Mary Ann Swerdfeger

Message from the Reps

Hello Music Studio Families!

Hopefully you we're able to come out to witness two wonderful concerts last week: Spring Musicale #2 and Percussion & New Music Ensembles.

Congratulations to all the student performers, teachers and tech crew for two spectacular performances. Check out a few photo highlights below!

Our spring concert series continues this week with more exciting performances in store.

Tomorrow night, don't miss the spring Gospel Concert: Atmosphere. Don't forget to purchase your tickets! Remember, cash only at the door.

This Friday night, join us for the Show Choir Concert.

Stop by the Music Studio tables outside the Concert Hall to say hello, and purchase some merchandise or snacks. We will be selling Colombe coffee and donuts, while supplies last, if you're looking for a little sustenance during the concert!

Atmosphere: Spring Gospel Concert
Spring Musicale #2
String Orchestra

Jonathan Bloomfield, Conductor

Elementary Chorus

Dawn Jones, Conductor

Darryl Jordan, Assistant Conductor

Eduardo de la Vega Garza, Accompanist


Jana Ballard, Conductor

Dr. Christopher Koelzer, Accompanist

LaGuardia Jazz Ensemble

Rocco Carbone, Director

Blurb From Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

Hopefully you were able to enjoy our Spring Musicale #2 and Percussion Ensemble & New Music Ensemble concerts last week.

Our spring performance season continues this week with Gospel Choir on Tuesday, May 9th, and the Show Choir concert on Friday, May 12th!

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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

An Attitude of Gratitude
To the Music Studio Families...

The Music Studio sends out a tremendous amount of gratitude to all of the  families who have contributed to the Music Studio in support of our students' needs.  

From master classes to accompanists, audio engineers, organists, helping out with performances, costumes, Operetta, meals, music purchases, props, electricians, stage hands, teacher seminars, etc…

Your support is the glue that binds us! 

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Student Spotlight

This past week Downbeat Magazine announced their 2023 Student Music Awards, in which the NYC All-City Latin Ensemble was awarded Outstanding Performance for Latin Groups. This is an astounding national award.

The following LaGuardia Music students participated in the winning ensemble:

Acoustic Bass         Benjamin Lipp

Saxophone Alto      Avi Puthan

Saxophone Tenor   Sebastian Arce

Saxophone Tenor   Jack McShane

Trombone               Zachary Burrowes

Trombone               Nicole Noriega

Trombone               Beatriz Rush

Trumpet                  Maya Seltzer

Trumpet                  Emmet Duprey

Trumpet                  Alexandra Nowak

Trumpet                  Daniel Siegel

Vocals                     Detola Badmus

Vocals                     Annabella Perez Salvi

You can read the magazine here

View the winning band's videos here

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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 HERE. 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!


Teacher's Appreciation Week: May 8th-May 12th, 2023

May 9 - Gospel Concert: Atmosphere, 6:30 p.m.

May 10 - Music Studio Teacher Appreciation Lunch

May 12 - Show Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m.

May 22 - Music Studio Executive Board Mtg, Zoom, 7:30 p.m., Link TBA

May 23 - Music Studio General Mtg, in-person, time/room TBA

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!!

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

Limited sizes available for Proud LaG Parent tees

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.

  • 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
Monday, May 8
4:30p Dermatology
Tuesday, May 9
6:30p Gospel Choir Show
Wednesday, May 10
7:30a Principal's Office Hours
11:15a Box Office Open
12:00p Principal's Office Hours
12:09p Senior Showcase
7:00p Principal's Office Hours
Friday, May 12
7:45a Fiorello Friday
6:00p Senior One Acts (Fries)
6:30p Show Choir Concert
Monday, May 15
6:00p Ticket: Celebratory dinner for Campbell Baird
Tuesday, May 16
AAPI Heritage Celebration
Wednesday, May 17
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
6:00p Senior One Acts (Broughan)
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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