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Originally delivered on 6/26/2023 6:30 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 6.26.23 - THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE

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June 26, 2023
Message from the Reps

Wow! This is it - the end of another school year!

Thank you to everyone who attended our last two Music Studio General Meetings - our election meeting on June 12th and our June 22nd meeting with special guest, AP Ben Schott, who explained the new bell schedule for fall 2023. Below are links to the meeting minutes.

June 12th meeting minutes

June 22nd meeting minutes

A huge THANK YOU goes to our outgoing board members! Thank you for you time, support and dedication!

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the 2023-2024 Music Studio Board:

Instrumental Rep - Rebecca Sherman

Vocal Co-Reps - Diane Vasquez & Marcee Smith

Corresponding Secretary - Tauheedah Yasin

Recording Secretary - Laetitia Ducroux

Budget Managers - Barbette Leonard & Vanessa Enriquez

Volunteer Coordinators - Sherry Stuart-Berman & Sonya Houston

Fundraising Coordinator - Jackie Cope 

Merchandise Coordinators - Diane Vasquez & Marcee Smith

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What an incredible year it has been! 

Once again, we'd like to extend an enormous amount of gratitude to our music studio community for all of your support this school year. The Music Studio Board couldn't do it without you. 

We work together in pursuit of a dream of excellence for our educational institutions that translates into rewarding experiences for our children, through our dedication and support. Together, we can accomplish great things!


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On Thursday, June 22nd, the Music Studio celebrated the seniors one final time with a luncheon of burrito bowl assortments, salad, guacamole, tortilla chips, churros, and brownies from La Palapa Cocina Mexicana (LaG parent - THANK YOU!). Finishing it off with chocolate and vanilla  2023 cakes!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this happen!

Congratulations class of 2023! We are excited to see the places you will go, and we wish you the very best as you journey out into the world!

Blurb From Ben

Happy Summer Music Studio Families,

Congratulations to the class of 2023! 

What an incredible year this has been. 

I applaud every single student for the hard work and dedication you have shown to your craft this school year. You should be proud of what you have achieved, and now it is time to take a little break. 

Thank you to the parents of the music studio community for your constant support, which makes my job just a little bit easier.

Wishing you the very best summer filled with fun, excitement, rest, relaxation and continued growth as many of you continue working on music throughout the summer.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Summertime Fun!

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Summer, Summer, Summertime...

In our last MM, we asked you, the music studio community to share your summer plans with us.

Here's what you said:

  • attending VIA Music Academy in Miami, FL
  • Relax and reconnect with family, friends, food, drinks and culture in our home country France !! 
  • Working Summer rising, 730-1230, off on Fridays! 7/21-7/28 Cruise! 
  • Work and Travel! Travel and work no particularly order. Have a great summer!. 
  • I'm planning to sit back and relax and try to enjoy far less zoom meetings in my life. And also listen to my daughter as she learns several new woodwind instruments! 
  • off to France then chasing my daughter in schools all summer from London to NYU then college Prep!
  • fun at French Woods camp, then family trip to Argentina!
  • attending Interlochen

No matter what you do, have fun, take time to relax and rejuvenate and enjoy the summer! Safe travels to all.

We'll see you in September!

Thank You For Your Support!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the music studio community for your continuous support and generous donations this year! 

This year marked the return of a full performance year at LaGuardia in three years! 

We were able to get full understanding of the demanding needs of our studio, see our students flourish and appreciate the wonder of everything it takes to produce these performances.

In order for this to continue, we really need your support more than ever!

Please consider donating today!

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 store will be closed for summer break and will reopen in September with some exciting new merchandise! 

If you have questions or comments please email

Limited sizes available for Proud LaG Parent tees

Other Opportunities


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is inviting 6 rising 12th grade students from LaGuardia to take part in an art-making workshop inspired by the new opera adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower premiering at David Geffen Hall on July 14, 2023.

Participants of the workshop will work with Lincoln Center Teaching Artists and William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellows in an inquiry-based experience inspired by the work of art.

There are 6 available spots for applicants who have an interest in composition, singing, or theater-making and are curious about investigating the process for adapting this classic Afro-futurist novel through music and live theatrical storytelling.

Workshop Information:

Date: Friday, July 14, 2023

Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 

  • 3pm-6pm: Attend a pre-performance workshop with Lincoln Center Teaching Artists
  • 6pm-7pm: Dinner (provided by Lincoln Center)

  • 7:30pm: Attend Performance at David Geffen Hall (pending availability)

*Please submit the brief application below to be considered as a participant for the workshop. DEADLINE for submitting:Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 11:59pm

Application Link:


Make Music, Make Friends, & Play Live on Stage in NYC

Grow as a person and a musician in NYC's longest runing rock band summer camp. Play in a band and perform on stage at a club here in NYC!

  • Program for all levels: Rock Band 101, Rock Band, or Rock Band & Recording.
  • Advanced students compose & record original music as a band in the unique Rock Band and Recording program
  • Two Week Sessions: 7/5 - 7/14, 7/17 - 7/28, & 7/31 - 8/11
  • Open to all instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keys.



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


Apply to the National Arts Competition

Open to 15-18 year old visual, literary or performing artists

The 2024 YoungArts application closes on October 13, 2023 at 11:59p.m.

Application Login

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Founded in 1963, the NYYS is internationally recognized for its award-winning and innovative educational programs for talented young musicians. It was awarded the 2022 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance - Classical, the first youth orchestra to win a Grammy in this category. As the premier independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area, the NYYS has provided over 7,000 music students unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and The Times Center, and to study with world-renowned artists. Beyond the instruction from accomplished musicians, students gain valuable life skills — commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration — and friendships that last a lifetime.  

Orchestra, Composition, Chamber Music, Conducting, Crescendo, Jazz, and Musical Theater Songwriting.


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.

Jazz Vocal Workshop

Yaala Ballin is an Israeli-born jazz vocalist who has performed in prestigious jazz venues throughout New York City and has toured all over the world. Yaala leads Master Classes in New York, Europe and Israel, and is currently an Instructor at Magnus, The New School in NYC.  

Recently, Yaala conducted a Master Class for LaGuardia’s Jazz Vocal Club.  Yaala will be offering Jazz Vocal Workshops that can help any vocalist in their performance of song. This is a special opportunity for LaGuardia Students.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Monday, June 26
2:00p Graduation for Class of 2023
Monday, July 10
Summer Arts Session 1 Starts
Monday, July 24
Summer Arts Session 2 Starts
Wednesday, June 12
Bubba and Morgan's Wedding
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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