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Originally delivered on 10/23/2023 6:00 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 10.23.23

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October 23, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

We hope you had an amazing weekend and that you're enjoying the beautiful color changes of autumn.

Please join us tonight for our Music Studio Elections 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:  

  • 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!

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

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
Information Session Tomorrow

Topic: Rising Stars Informational Meeting

Time: Oct 24, 2023 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 5772 2448

Passcode: 311460

As many of you read in Sunday Night News, Rising Stars is underway. We are holding an information session tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 8:00pm on Zoom. If you have any questions about the show, the audition process, the time commitment, etc., join us tomorrow night. The zoom meeting will be recorded and distributed if you or your student can’t make the session. 

The biggest question we get is “can a student in any grade/studio audition?” The answer is YES! Traditional and nontraditional acts are welcome. Click this the link to sign up for an audition. Auditions take place October 30th – November 10th.

Student Leadership Opportunity

Rising Stars is also looking for two student musical directors. The application is open to Juniors and Seniors. These two students will be the leaders of House Band.  

The duties include:

  • Consult with Music Supervisor about the choice of musicians for the House Band
  • Consult with Music Supervisor to make arrangements and orchestrations for acts in the show
  • Set dates for and lead rehearsals with the house band before technical rehearsals
  • Lead the band for all performances

Have your student complete this GOOGLE FORM if they are interested in applying. 

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night. Please encourage your student to audition. It’s a great experience.


Kind Regards,

Rebecca Sherman & Marcee Smith

Rising Stars Co-Chairs

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful autumn season!

We are so excited that in less than one month we will have our first concert of the fall/winter season, featuring Jazz Ensemble, lead by Mr. Carbone, and Jazz Orchestra, lead by Mr. Blancq! 

I can't wait for you to witness the musicality of these students, first-hand. If you've never been to a LaGuardia concert, come get a glimpse of the talent that is emerging from our wonderful institution. I look forward to seeing you November 17th!

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Don't Forget!

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

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

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

October 30 - November 3 - LaG Spirit Week

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!!

Our online store in now open!! 

LaG Spirit Week is coming, 10/30 -11/3!

Don't be left behind, show your LaG spirit with some exciting new Music Studio merchandise!

Orders placed by 6pm this Thursday,10/27, will be available for pickup on Friday, 10/28, after school.

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


The GRAMMY Award-winning National Children's Chorus based in New York City provides children ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The country's leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in an exciting array of performances, presenting world premieres and collaborating with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world.

Additionally, students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours, summer opera academy, and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children's Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don't waste another minute. Set up a virtual audition today! Auditons Saturday, October 28, via Zoom by APPOINTMENT ONLY


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
Thursday, October 26
Wear Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Friday, October 27
3:30p Halloween Movie Night
Monday, October 30
8:00a Senior Park Photo Event in Central Park
Halloween Fall Festival on Mezzanine During Lunch
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Fall Festival on Mezzanine During Lunch
Wednesday, November 1
Halloween Fall Festival on Mezzanine During Lunch
Thursday, November 2
Halloween Fall Festival on Mezzanine During Lunch
Friday, November 3
Halloween Fall Festival on Mezzanine During Lunch
Thursday, November 16
Parent Teacher Conference (Evening)
Friday, November 17
Parent Teacher Conference (Afternoon)
1:45p Student Curated Art Show
6:00p Jr./Sr. Jazz Concert - LFT
Saturday, November 18
Student Curated Art Show
Wednesday, November 29
6:30p Senior One Acts
Wednesday, December 6
6:30p Senior One Acts - Little Flower Theater
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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