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Originally delivered on 10/16/2023 7:36 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 10.16.23

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October 16, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

The Music Studio PA thanks you for your support and attendance at our 1st in-person meeting of the 2023-24 school year, which was held last Thursday evening! It was lovely to meet so many new families and see familiar faces. We had such a great turnout with over 75 people in attendance! As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, so if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us either in the WhatsApp Chat or via email: or

Much appreciation goes out to our special guests AP of Music, Ben Schott, and the flutist quartet: Rania Alam, Rhiannon Chaston, Anna Kapriyelov and Ben Leviathan. If you missed this wonderful performance, you can view a video clip below, courtesy of Rose Javier from our parent community.

You can find the meeting minutes here: 10/12 In-Person Meeting Minutes 

                    AP of Music, Ben Schott.                                            Great attendance at our 1st in--person meeting                                   Music Studio PA sells merchandise 

                                                                                                                      click photo to watch video clip

Music Studio Elections

Our next virtual meeting will be held on Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm; click here to join - meeting ID: 875 5446 9948 and passcode 753702.

Come on out to this virtual meeting and learn about volunteering to take a seat on your Music Studio Executive Board!

By serving on the Music Studio PA Board, you will gain an inside perspective and understanding of the needs of our students, our studio and our teachers, as well as the expenses incurred in the music studio. You will also get to engage with the community, while collectively working with other Music Studio Board members via monthly meetings and fundraising opportunities.

We have three open opportunities:

Music Studio Instrumental Co-Rep 

We are looking for someone to learn and work alongside the Instrumental Rep and Vocal Reps in the following areas:

  • planning and leading Music Studio General meetings
  • fundraising for the Music Studio
  • providing leadership for Studio committees and initiatives
  • attending studio events and leading volunteers
  • serving as a liaison between the LaGuardia High School Administration, including the AP of Music, the General PA Executive Board and Music Studio parents, by responding to their concerns and  by providing content for communications via the Co-Corresponding Secretaries

**While not mandatory, prior experience in working with the Parent Association as a board member, volunteer, merchandise coordinator, etc. and/or familiarity with DOE regulations/policies, is helpful prior to serving as a Representative.

Music Studio Co-Recording Secretary

The Music Studio Co-Recording Secretaries maintain the official records of the Music Studio PA meetings. The Co-Recording Secretary will work under the guidance of the existing Recording Secretary. They are responsible for

  • providing Zoom links to and recording Zoom meetings
  • providing sign-in sheets at both virtual and in-person Studio PA meetings 
  • taking notes and finalizing them in the form of minutes for distribution in advance of the next Studio PA meeting along with monitoring and overseeing Chat Rooms. 

There must always be a Recording Secretary or Co-Recording Secretary attending each Music Studio meeting, but if that is not possible, they are responsible for finding another parent to take notes at the meeting.

Co-Corresponding Secretary

The Music Studio Co-Corresponding Secretary will work and learn from the Corresponding Secretary in:  

  • distributing minutes and financial information prior to each Studio PA meeting  
  • working closely with the Co-Representatives 
  • responsible for website content, producing and distributing regular newsletters to families (Music Mondays) that include upcoming Music Studio events, information of interest, fundraising needs, requests for volunteers, and other items pertinent to Music Studio families.

Yes, we do work hard, but we also have fun and it's all for a really great reason - our incredible children! 

So join us today and become an active member of this vibrant community!

Connect With Us

Are you on our mailing list? 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.

You can create an account using this link: Membership Tool kit

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

Rising Stars
Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

It was so great to meet and interact with some of you at the Music Studio General PA meeting last Thursday. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you again and see you at our fall and winter concerts. Just in case you missed my community email earlier this month, 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

Concerto Competition Winners

Congratulations goes out to the Concerto Competition Winners who will perform on March 27, 2024!

Rhiannon Chaston, Flute

Concerto in D Major, OP. 283, Mvt. 1: Allegro Molto Moderato by Carl Reinecke

Diogo Feldman, Trumpet

Trumpet Concerto in Ab major by Alexander Arutiunian

John Christian Henderson, Bassoon

Concerto in Bb Major, K 191 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bobby (Boogyeom) Park, Violin

Faust Fantasy by Henryk Wieniawski

Don't Forget!

October 23 - Music Studio Election Meeting, 7:30pm via Zoom click here (meeting ID: 875 5446 9948 and passcode 753702)

October 20 - Fiorello Friday (performers TBD)

October 27 - Fiorello Friday (performers TBD - but it will be great!)

October 30 - Rising Stars auditions begin; open to all students, all studios

October 31 - Lag-O-Ween 

Music Studio Funding Appeal

The Music Studio thanks you for your continued donations and support for our students and studio. Your donations assist in covering the many expenses of the Music Studio, which in turn helps our students. While we work to continuously support our students and teachers, we definitely cannot achieve this without your help.  These necessary funds are used to purchase the music our students perform, workshops, master classes, professional development, accompanists and so much more.  

Click here to read our fundraising letter - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Music Studio Merchandise!!

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


CFC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Juilliard graduates and violinists, Mariella Haubs '17 and Jocelyn Zhu '17. Concerts for Compassion was envisioned to bring music and educational programs to displaced peoples, refugees, and their local communities, opening channels of communication and facilitating cross-cultural integration.

CFC is currently offering a fellowship opportunity for three to four upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) in high school. Please see attached application. Application Deadline: October 31, 2023


The Young Musicians Innovation Challenge gives high school musicians the unique opportunity to compete for the chance to launch innovative chamber music projects with mentorship and financial support from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Proposals are adjudicated on creativity, viability, sustainability, and ways in which projects address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Submission deadline November 3, 2023 at 5pm.


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
Monday, October 16
Senior Yearbook Portraits @ LAG
Tuesday, October 17
Senior Yearbook Portraits @ LAG
Wednesday, October 18
Senior Yearbook Portraits @ LAG
Thursday, October 19
Senior Yearbook Portraits @ LAG
Friday, October 20
Senior Yearbook Portraits @ LAG
Monday, October 30
8:00a Senior Park Photo Event in Central Park
Wednesday, November 15
Jr. and Sr. Jazz Concert - Little Flower Theater
Thursday, November 16
Parent Teacher Conference (Evening)
Friday, November 17
Parent Teacher Conference (Afternoon)
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
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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