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Originally delivered on 9/11/2023 6:30 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 9.11.23 - WELCOME BACK!

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September 11, 2023
Message from the Reps

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The Music Studio welcomes you all to the 2023-2024 school year!

We hope you all had an amazing summer filled with fun, healthy adventure, rest and relaxation. Now, hopefully everyone is feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the new school year!  

If you're new here, you may be wondering, "What is the Music Studio?"

The Music Studio is a subset of the General Parents Association, consisting of current parents of students in the Music Studio, both instrumental and vocal. Our focus is the same: community building, support of students, parents and teachers and fundraising.   

Just like the General PA, there are elected board members, monthly general parent meetings and executive board meetings, and LOTS of fundraising efforts through merchandise sales, direct ask appeals, and additional targeted fundraisers.

Connect With Us

It was wonderful to meet some of the new families at the New Family Orientation on August 30th! We look forward to meeting many more of you throughout the school year!

We'd love to connect with you, and the easiest way for that to happen is with a Membership Tool Kit account! Did you receive this newsletter in your inbox? If the answer is yes, congrats, that means you've already created an account. Yay! 

If you haven't, you can create an account using this link: Membership Tool Kit

If you'd like to connect with the Music Studio directly, there are email links at the bottom of this newsletter under Current Music Studio Board Members.

Music Studio Meetings

We will have a meet and greet on-line before the end of the month with an in-person General Meeting in early October. Dates to be announced. Please make sure you sign up to get on our mailing list so you will never miss a meeting. Meetings will always be posted in the Music Monday newsletter and reminder emails will also be sent.

We look forward to an amazing school year and we're so glad you're here to join us!

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful summer. I'm excited to welcome all of our new families and welcome back all of our returning families.  

We have an exciting year ahead of us and I look forward to sharing music updates with you as they progress.

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Donate Now!

The Music Studio works to continuously support our students and teachers, and we definitely cannot achieve this without your help. Donations and fundraising are extremely important, as these funds are used to purchase the music our students perform, workshops, master classes, professional development, accompanists and much more.  

Donations are accepted year round and no amount is too small. 

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!!

We sold some of our newest Music Studio merchandise at the New Family Orientation on August 30th, and more exciting new merchandise is coming! 

We plan to have our online store open by the end of September. Stay tuned for more information.

If you have questions or comments please email

Find Your Best School

Get all the details you need for your best music school choice, from audition requirements to financial aid and career help - and what makes each school unique.

Click the photo to download the 2023-24 Guide to Music Schools.

Do you have additional resources to share with the LaGuardia Music Studio Community? 

Please email us at

Other Opportunities


Apply to the National Arts Competition

Open to 15-18 years-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.


Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a multi-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors.

Applications NOW OPEN for 2024 National Youth Ensembles

Deadlines vary, but are in Nov and Dec 2023. Visit the links for more info.


NYO Jazz

NYO Orchestra

NYO Apprenticeship

Do you know of an opportunity to share with the LaGuardia Music Studio Community? 

Please email us at

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Friday, September 15
First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month
Friday, October 13
Faculty Art Show
Saturday, October 14
Faculty Art Show
Wednesday, November 15
Jr. and Sr. Jazz Concert - Little Flower Theater
Friday, November 17
Student Curated Art Show
Saturday, November 18
Student Curated Art Show
Friday, December 1
Senior One Acts - Little Flower Theater
Thursday, December 7
Hanukkah Begins
The Addams Family - All School Musical
Friday, December 8
The Addams Family - All School Musical
Semi-Annual Art Show
Saturday, December 9
The Addams Family - All School Musical
Semi-Annual Art Show
Sunday, December 10
The Addams Family - All School Musical
Thursday, December 14
The Addams Family - All School Musical
Current Music Studio Board Members

Instrumental Co-rep: Rebecca Sherman -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez 

Corresponding Secretary: Tauheedah Yasin

Recording Secretary: Laetitia Ducroux

Audit Manager: Barbette Leonard and Vanessa Enriquez - Audit Manager Assistant

Merchandise Director: Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez, Coordinator

Fundraising Coordinator: Jackie Cope

Volunteer Coordinators: Sherry Stuart Berman and Sonya Houston

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