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Originally delivered on 10/2/2023 6:30 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 10.2.23

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October 2, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual meet-and-greet last Thursday, which was our first general meeting of the school year. We had such a great turn out that unfortunately, we reached capacity on our PA Zoom account. But, not to worry; this weekly newsletter will keep you up to date! You can find meeting minutes here: 9/28 Meeting Minutes 

We are also working to make sure that we don't have any zoom capacity issues in future meetings.

Here's what's happening in your Music Studio...

Music Studio Meetings

We will have our first in-person meeting on Thursday, October 12 at 7pm, in the 6th floor library (located on the north side of the building.) Doors will open at 6:45pm.

You can purchase Music Studio merchandise, listen to a mini performance from a few of our Music Studio students, and meet our AP of Music, Ben Schott, along with some members of your Music Studio Board as well.

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 continue to join us virtually and in-person. We look forward to seeing 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.

We now have a NEW way of connecting virtually! 

All music families are encouraged to join the LaGuardia High School Music Studio WhatsApp Chat. Its a great way to connect with other parents, ask questions and share information regarding all things music as they pertain to our school and our students - instrumental and vocal, all grades! 

Monday, October 9th is Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day. 

The New York City Commission on Human Rights acknowledges the land politically designated as New York City to be the homeland of the Lenape (Lenapehoking).

Have a great 3-day weekend!

Music Monday will return on October 16th.

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Wind Symphony at NYSSMA

                                  David Blumenthal                                                                 Kimberly Roof Arazosa

As many of you know, last spring, the LaGuardia High School Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the 87th Annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference in Rochester this December! This is an exceptional achievement these musicians have accomplished and a great honor!

This remarkable opportunity is made even more special, as LaGuardia High School will be the first New York City public school ensemble ever to be selected and perform at the conference. The Wind Symphony has been granted the most prestigious performance slot of the conference - Friday evening at 8:15pm. We look forward to the honor of representing the legacy of our current, past, and future LaGuardia students, as well as all of the New York City music-educators who continue to fight for music education in our great city.

While this performance is outside of our city, we believe that it is a pure extension of our classroom and the work our students do each and every day. Our preparation and performance will transform students' musical lives, create meaningful memories, and empower LaGuardia's legacy.

We are incredibly proud of the work the Wind Symphony has done and continues to do. We are excited to bring the show to Rochester!

Thank you for your continued support.


Kimberly and David

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

At LaGuardia, our students' performances serve as meaningful reflections of their musical growth and achievements, deeply connected to their learning in our music classes. We are truly excited about the forthcoming concert season and the chance to share these remarkable musical moments with you. Below, you will find the 2023-2024 music studio concert calendar.  We have also included information regarding concert attire, improvements to our school website as well as information about practice rooms. 

2023-2024 Music Studio Concert Calendar

  • Participation in concerts is a required part of the class associated with the concert.  Please review the dates carefully and make sure they are in your calendar.

  • Please remember that we are following current DOE safety guidelines. All adult guests must show photo ID

Ticket Sales (available within two weeks of a performance)

Instrumental Music Studio Concert Attire

Vocal Music Studio Concert Attire

Please note that we have access to clothing and can provide concert attire to students with financial need.

School Website - Music Studio 

Please check it out and let me know if you have any suggestions of items to add/delete.

Restore, Revise, Repair

A cornerstone of the 2023-2024 LaGuardia Plan is to improve communication across the school and between groups of stakeholders.

Practice Room Schedule and Access Policy

The recording studio, A02, will also be open for Open Studio time during period 4.

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!

October 12 - 1st in-person General Meeting at LaGuardia, 7-8pm, 6th floor library (located on the north side of the building). Doors will open at 6:45pm.

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!!

Next opprtunity to purchase new Music Studio merch is at our in-person meeting on October 12th!

We plan to have our online store open by very soon.  We will alert families with MANY announcements in Music Monday, SNN and direct emails! 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
College Auditions 101

The music faculty of Bard Conservatory, Lawrence Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and St. Olaf College are pleased to invite your students to College Auditions 101, a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, October 12, 7-8pm CDT, where we will talk all things auditions.

During this webinar, a panel of music faculty from all four schools will address topics like repertoire selection, pros and cons of live vs. recorded auditions, and what we are listening for in student audition performances. We will begin by sharing some general information and advice, then we will take questions from participants; we look forward to answering any questions your student may have.

Interested students may REGISTER HERE. Please feel free to share this link with your students. We hope they will be able to join us!

Best Wishes,

The Music Faculty of:

Bard Conservatory (

Lawrence Conservatory

Oberlin Conservatory

St. Olaf College


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

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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
Wednesday, October 4
Young Arts Recordings Dance - CH/Drama -A02
Thursday, October 5
Young Arts Recordings Dance - CH/Drama -A02
Friday, October 6
Young Arts Recordings Dance - CH/Drama -A02
Saturday, October 7
Young Arts Recordings Dance - CH/Drama -A02
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
Jr./Sr. Jazz Concert - LFT
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
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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