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Originally delivered on 11/6/2023 6:39 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 11.6.23

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November 6, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday, Music Families!

Welcome to November and cooler temperatures.  We hope you had an amazing weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. 

Here's what's coming up:

This Thursday, November 9th 2:45-4:30pm


The Music Studio will have tables set up in the lobby selling the hottest LaGuardia merchandise!  Give the kids money or permission to charge away! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, either for yourself or a loved one. We accept cash, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and all major credit cards.

Friday, November 17th at 6pm


The Music Studio kicks off its fall concert series with the Jazz Concert, featuring the Jazz Orchestra, directed by Kevin Blancq and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rocco Carbone.  Get your tickets here!

You'll have another opportunity to purchase fabulous Music Studio merchandise on this night, and we may have some exciting new merch. So stop by and say hello before the concert and purchase some music studio swag! 

Monday, November 20th 7:30pm


Join us for our next virtual Music Studio General meeting on Monday, November 20th at 7:30pm, where we will be discussing Summer 2024

Meeting ID: 897 1401 6244

Passcode: 035726

Join Meeting

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!

Happy Diwali!

This coming Sunday is Diwali, the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, and for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations.

Jazz Concert
LaG Happenings Outside
Show Choir Debuts on Broadway!

Don't miss the opportunity to see select LaGuardia Show Choir students perform (limited to 25 students) at curtain call; 9:25pm on Thursday, November 16th

Showtime 7pm.

Get your tickets now because once they're gone, they're gone!

Tickets start at $74 using code KIMFALL at


Special thanks to Sophomore vocal parent and Music Studio Volunteer Coordinator Sonya Houston for presenting the opportunity to LaGuardia, and Assistant Principal of Music Ben Schott and Show Choir Director Jeanne Cascio for making it happen.

Help Wind Symphony Go to NYSSMA
A Message from 05' LaG Band Alums

The LaGuardia High School Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 87th Annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference in Rochester! This is both an exceptional and historic achievement, as they are the first New York City public school ensemble ever to be selected to perform at the conference.

We are asking you to congratulate and support these students by donating to help defray some costs that will be incurred by families. The Wind Symphony will travel together from NYC to Rochester for a two-night stay, where costs will include hotel accommodations, transportation, meals, and more.

All funds will be donated directly to LaGuardia High School to support the Wind Symphony. Your donations will help subsidize the cost for all students, and especially for students in need of financial assistance in order to attend this trip. Let's make sure that every student is able to perform in Rochester!

As a community, we want to support each and every one of these fantastic students in attending the performance in Rochester. The Wind Symphony represents the legacy of our current, past, and future LaGuardia students. Max and I are part of that legacy - Class of 2005! LaGuardia has given so much to us - it is time for us to give back.

Join us in celebrating this wonderful accomplishment, and please donate today to help make this a memorable and impactful experience for the students of the LaGuardia High School Wind Symphony!

-Terence Lee and Max Sholl, LaGuardia Class of 2005 (and proud band alums!)

Click photo to listen to the LaGuardia Wind Symphony as they perform Of Our New Day Begun by Omar Thomas

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Happy November!

In my community letter last month I stated that one of the best ways to both support our program and have a great night out is to attend our concerts! Our first concert of the school year is next Thursday, November 17 at 6:00pm in the Little Flower Theater and will feature The LaGuardia Jazz Ensemble led by Mr. Carbone and the LaGuardia Jazz Orchestra led by Mr. Blancq.  All concert proceeds go directly to support our program. Our program needs include the upkeep of instruments, purchasing of music for our ensembles, and funding teaching artists that work with our students. Tickets can be purchased here

As a reminder, there are many outside student opportunities and free tickets. Please remember to take a look at the running list of Music Studio Partnership Events and Masterclasses.  Please note that this list will grow throughout the school year and we will be strategic to ensure that all grade levels/ensembles/instrument groups have opportunities that are appropriate to their needs.

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Don't Forget!

November 9 - All-Studio Merchandise Sale, 2:45-4:30pm

November 16 - Show Choir on Broadway at Kimberly Akimbo during curtain call. Showtime 7pm. Tickets available at

use code KIMFALL for discounted tickets. 

November 17 - Fall Jazz Concert, 6pm, Little Flower Theater

purchase tickets here

November 20 - Music Studio General Meeting, 7:30 via Zoom

Meeting ID: 897 1401 6244

Passcode: 035726

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 is now open!! 

Join the Music Studio this Thursday at the All-Studio Merchandise Sale, November 9, from 2:45-4:30pm to purchase exciting new Music Studio merchandise!

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




Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler leads a cello master class. Jeffrey will highlight his career as a collaborator and performer (including eight years with Kronos Quartet), discuss cello techniques, and play excerpts of works by our 2023–24 fellows. REGISTER HERE



An All Strings Orchestra Made Up of Only NYC Students ages 10-18

Merkin Hall at The Kaufman Center

Monday, November 20, 2023 at 7pm

Tickets $20 General Admission

Launched at the start of the 2023-24 season, Crescendo is the NYYS's newest program, designed for NYC string players aged 10-18. Led by Tantchaya (Tanya) Chanphanitpornkit, this free program provides access to outstanding music education for a diverse range of students. In addition to weekly ensemble rehearsals, students receive coaching from the Aizuri Quartet, artist-in-residence, workshops, and masterclasses with professional musicians; plus, guidance on topics including audition preparation, audience engagement, careers in arts, and festival & college admissions.


Since its founding in 1883, the MET Orchestra's performances have encompassed not only the entire opera's repertoire, but symphonic and chamber programs at Carnegie Hall, international tours, and countless musician activities outside of the Metropolitan Opera House. Lessonface is proud to be hosting online masterclasses and more activities with Met Orchestra musicians. Now accepting applications and enrollments for masterclasses for 2023-2024 for Trombone and Flute - free for performers and viewers.

Sign up to watch and learn more about MET Orchestra Musicians on Lessonface.

Apply to perform in upcoming masterclasses. Accepting applications for trombone and flute

Trombone: January 14, 2024 (for the February 4 live masterclass)

Flute: March 30, 2024 (for the April 21 live masterclass)

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 byNovember 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; visit the links for more info.

NYO2 - application deadline December 11, 2023

NYO Jazz - application deadline January 19, 2024

NYO Orchestra - application deadline December 4, 2023

NYO Apprenticeship - application deadline December 4, 2023

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, November 10
2:15p Student Curated Art Show
Thursday, November 16
Parent Teacher Conference (Evening)
Friday, November 17
Parent Teacher Conference (Afternoon)
5:00p Student Curated Art Show
6:00p Jr./Sr. Jazz Concert - LFT
Wednesday, November 29
6:30p Senior One Acts
Friday, December 1
6:30p Senior One Acts - Little Flower Theater
Thursday, December 7
Hanukkah Begins
7:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Friday, December 8
1:45p Winter Semi-Annual
7:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Saturday, December 9
2:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
7:00p Semi-Annual Art Show
7:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Sunday, December 10
2:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Current Music Studio Board Members

Instrumental Co-rep: Rebecca Sherman -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez 

Co-Corresponding Secretaries: Tauheedah Yasin & Michael Goldsman

Co-Recording Secretaries: Laetitia Ducroux & Abhilasha Mahan

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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