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Originally delivered on 11/20/2023 6:07 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 11.20.23

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November 20, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday, Music Families!

Hopefully, you had a fantastic weekend!

Can you believe the holiday season is upon us and there's only ten more days in November? Sheesh!

This week saw two amazing performances with the LaGuardia Show Choir's debut on Broadway with Kimberly Akimbo, and our first concert of the season featuring the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. Read on below to find some highlights from both shows!

TONIGHT, November 20th 7:30pm


Join us for our next virtual Music Studio General meeting tonight, November 20th at 7:30pm, where we will be joined by representatives from Manhattan School of Music, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, French Woods Festival of Performing Arts, LIU Roc Nation, and ArtsBridge to discuss their Summer Programs for 2024. Programs include music, dance, theater and more. Meeting is open to all studios, so bring a friend! 

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!

We're Thankful for You!

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the parents who have contributed to the Music Studio, whether you've given your time or your treasure. You are so appreciated and its because of you that we are able to provide the level of support that we do to our students and teachers.

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, safe travels, and a lovely extended weekend filled with great company, joy and laughter, and of course good food!

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Jazz Concert Hightlights

Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Rocco Carbone

Click the photo to watch video highlights from the Jazz Ensemble.

Video provided courtesy of Shaun Qualheim from our parent community.

Jazz Orchestra

Directed by Kevin Blancq

Click the photo to watch video highlights from the Jazz Orchestra.

Video provided courtesy of Daniel Feldman from our parent community.

Congratulations Show Choir!
Show Choir Gets Standing Ovation on Broadway

Last Thursday night the LaGuardia Show Choir, directed by Jeanne Cascio, debuted on Broadway with a curtain call number replete with choreography at the Tony Award Winning Musical, Kimberly Akimbo.

Congratulations to all for a stellar performance!

Click the photo above to watch the full number on the Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway Facebook page.

Once again, 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.

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Thank you for coming out to support the Jazz Concert, our first concert of the school year. I look forward to seeing you as our fall/winter concert series continues in December.

Attention Seniors:

As the school year progresses we look forward to the 2024 Music Commencement Assessment leading to the Chancellor's Diploma Endorsement in Music. We are pleased to share preliminary details below regarding the 2024 Music Commencement Assessment. Instrumental and Vocal Studio seniors prepare to graduate with a Chancellor's Diploma Endorsement in Music and must successfully complete ALL three components of the 2024 Music Commencement Assessment. Participating in the Music Commencement Assessment is a LaGuardia requirement.

The 2024 Music Commencement Assessment consists of three mandatory sections:

  • The 2024 written exam (Multiple Choice, Short Answer and Rehearsal Critique & Reccomendations) will be administered at 12pm at LaGuardia on January 23, 2024
  • The NYSSMA Solo Adjudication will occur March 22-23 (live, in-person performance of your Jury piece at a NYSSMA off-site festival)
  • The Reflective Essay will be due on March 15 (submission procedure will be included in a future letter)

Next Steps:

1.  IMPORTANT - Please read the directions and fill out the below form by Monday, November 27, 2023

2.  Review the 2024 Music Commencement Exam Handbook

  • Pages 11-16 describes each section of the written assessment (January 23), how it is scored, what topics are covered in the written section, and what is expected from you for the Rehearsal Critique section.
  •  Pages 20, 22-24 describes the reflective essay requirements. Please note that we will submit documentation for past in-school performances.

3.  I will hold a Zoom meeting for all seniors to discuss the Music Commencement Exam, and the support you will receive to be successful. The meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30pm using the below zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 986 2989 5558

Passcode: 652066

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Don't Forget!

Future Meeting Dates:

December 6 - Exec Board Music Studio Meeting, 6:30pm

December 18 - Music Studio General Meeting, 7:30 via Zoom

January 3, 2024 - Exec Board Music Studio Meeting, 7:30pm

January 8, 2024 - Music Studio General Meeting, 7:30 via Zoom. 1st year LaG Alum College Freshmen will share their college experiences

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!! 

Shop now! Order pick-ups happen Friday afternoons.

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
ArtsBridge Summer 2024

Applications Are Now Open For Our 15th Summer

Join us next summer at Baldwin Wallace University for the ArtsBridge Summer programs you already love, plus our newest addition!

Learn More & APPLY NOW

2-Week Programs: July 19 - August 2, 2024

4-Day Add-on Programs: July 15 - July 19, 2024

New Program Spotlight

ArtsBridge Summer Screen Acting

We are thrilled to announce our newest program: ArtsBridge Summer Screen Acting! Led by Chapman University faculty John Benitz, students in this 4-day add-on program will discover a whole new world of acting for the screen. Through a series of exercises and hands-on experience, students will build foundational screen acting skills. The program will culminate in the filming and screening of partnered scenes, allowing students to experience the entire process from rehearsal to professionally edited work. 

Contact: 1-855-788-ARTS (2787) 



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

Merkin Hall at The Kaufman Center

Tonight, 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.


Sunday Night Jazz Vibes in Brooklyn

Director Michael Thomas will lead the NYYS Jazz Band in his inaugural season as director at the Shapeshifter Lab for the first time on Sunday, December 10th, at 5:30PM! The band will be showcasing the legacy of Thad Jones; from his early days with the Count Basie Orchestra, to his work as a co-founder and leader of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. This concert will feature works from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, as well as NYYS First Music Commission from Ben Beckman titled Dream Logic.

Shapeshifter Lab is located at 837 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.



The MSM Precollege Jazz Program has a unique and comprehensive curriculum, including weekly private lessons, jazz-specific classes in ear training and music theory, ensembles, and multiple performance opportunities each semester. Manhattan School of Music's Precollege jazz Arts program is an intensive and enriching environment for serious jazz students. Students work closely with a distinguished faculty of active performing artists in a Saturday program at the Manhattan School of Music in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. 

MSM Precollege will be holding mid-year auditions for the Jazz Arts program, a unique and intensive Saturday program for intermediate to advanced middle and high school students.

Auditions will be held at the Manhattan School of Music on Saturday, December 2nd, with an enrollment date of January 20, 2024, for accepted students. Financial aid is available.

The audition is open to students on the following instruments: Trombone, Saxophone, Trumpet, Double Bass

*Additional jazz instruments (piano, drums, clarinet, violin) are invited to audition in May for fall 2024 enrollment.*

MSM Audition Requirements and Program Info

MSM Precollege Jazz Arts Application

Application questions? 

Contact: Tiffany Bizup, Senior Advisor to the Asst. Dean

MSM Precollege or Jazz Arts Program questions?

Contact: Ryan Hamm, Asst. Dean for Youth Programs and Director of Precollege,


The B-Side is a program for young people (ages 14-22) that provides an entry-level look at different career opportunities in the music industry. Whether participants are aspiring artists or future music-industry leaders, this program will provide essential industry related skills, and connections with performing artists, music industry executives, accomplished producers, songwriters, and more. You do not need to be a musician to apply. The B-Side is open to any young person who is interested in learning about the music industry. Apply by January 4, 2024


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)


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
Wednesday, November 29
6:30p Senior One Acts
Friday, December 1
6:30p Senior One Acts - Little Flower Theater
Tuesday, December 5
6:30p PA EB Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 6
6:30p Music Studio EB Meeting
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
Wednesday, December 13
6:30p General PA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 14
7:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Friday, December 15
7:00p 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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