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Originally delivered on 9/18/2023 8:00 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 9.18.23

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September 18, 2023
Message from the Reps

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We hope you all had a lovely weekend and beautiful celebrations for those who observed Rosh Hashanah. Summer is officially coming to a close this week with autumn beginning on Friday. Here's what's happening in your Music Studio...

Music Studio Meetings

We will have a virtual meet and greet on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30pm, via ZoomClick here to join

Our first in-person meeting will be Thursday, October 12 at 7-8pm. Please note the date changed from what was posted in SNN. More details will be shared as we get closer.

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.

Please join us virtually and in-person. We look forward to meeting you!

Connect With Us

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.

The Music Studio sends wishes for a meaningful fast to all those observing Yom Kippur.

Music Monday will return on October 2.

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Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

We're off to a great start and I'm really excited to see our students progress over the coming weeks and months. 

Last week I sent out a community letter with important information regarding student opportunities, communication protocols, programming updates, instrument care and more. If you missed that letter in your inbox, please see the attached letter below. 

Music Studio Community Letter

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

A Message From The Coordinator of Instrumental Music
Concerto Competition

The instrumental music studio is pleased to announce that the preliminary round of the LaGuardia Concerto Competition for 2024 will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd. The final round of the competition will be held on Tuesday, October 10th in the concert Hall. The Concerto Concert is scheduled for March 27th, 2024.

As a reminder, a concerto is a piece of music for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra.


Only returning students are eligible to compete. 


When choosing your repertoire there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Be sure the orchestral accompaniment is available to purchase or rent.

  • Choose a movement of the concerto. If the entire concerto is less than 15 minutes you might be allowed to perform the entire work. Check with me if you have any questions.

Sign up to compete HERE   


Be in contact with me at if you have any questions.


Mr. Meyers

Coordinator of Instrumental Music

Don't Forget!

September 28 - 1st MS General Meeting 7:30pm on Zoom 

Meeting ID: 859 5628 4132
Passcode: 830959

October 12 - 1st in-person General Meeting, 7-8pm

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.

View the guide online here

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

Please email us at

Other Opportunities


Kenan Scholars Artist Collective

Digital Music Production, Media Arts & Design, Fashion, and the dazzling world of Performing Arts, which includes theater and the electrifying art of spoken word. Throughout the school year, you'll delve deep into contemporary art, supercharge your creative thinking, and craft magnificent artwork inspired by a central theme. The grand finale? An awe-inspiring group exhibition or performance under the sparkling lights of Dorothy Maynor Hall in HSA. 

Uptown Sound Experiment

The Uptown Sound Experiment at the Harlem School of the Arts is a musical performance ensemble where young musicians aged 14–18 from across New York City come together to explore, create, and perform. Through collaboration with other NYC teens and experienced musical mentors, the Uptown Sound Experiment serves as the house band for HSA concerts and performs at various venues across NYC.

Application Deadline October 9

Visit to learn more


Mama Music Program (formerly Gospel for Teens) is our very own award-winning teenage gospel program that enriches 50 – 75 participants each semester with the gift of discovering their personal artistic talent and expression through music history and vocal technique, all while building self-confidence on and off stage that lasts a lifetime. The program has grown to be a highly respected source of education and self-development for youth throughout New York City and continues to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of music as an art form. Classes begin October 7, 2023.


Visit to learn more


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, 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
Friday, December 15
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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