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Originally delivered on 12/11/2023 6:30 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.11.23

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December 11, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

We hope you had an amazing weekend and got a chance to take in the spectacular all-school musical, The Addams Family. If not, there's still time; show dates are December 14-17th. 

Here's What's Coming Up:

Tuesday, Dec 12th - The LaG Show Choir, Directed by Jeanne Cascio,  will perform with the New York City Opera at the main stage in Bryant Park, beginning at 6pm

Wednesday, Dec 13th - LaG Swag Spirit Sale, 2:45-4:30pm

Let your kids pick up some swag - we will also have previously placed online orders! Makes for perfect holiday gift giving.

Sunday, Dec 17th - The Jazz Orchestra will perform as part of NYC Holiday Open Streets: The Gift of Fifth event, at the stage located on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets. (Time TBA)

Monday, Dec 18th - Join the Music Studio for our final general meeting of 2023 on Zoom at 7:30pm. Meeting ID: 815 9125 1799 

PW: 594495

Have an fantastic week!

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

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

The Addams Family

                         The Addams Family Pit Orchestra      


Congratulations goes out to the cast, crew, pit orchestra, Jeanne Cascio (Music/Vocal Director) and Dr. Chris Koelzer (Conductor!)

An amazing display of talent across studios and a testament to what makes LaG so special! 

If you haven't seen the show, click on the Playbill to get your tickets now and see it this week! You won't be disappointed.

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

I sent out a letter to the community last week containing some important information about some exciting opportunities. Please see below in case you missed it.

Interlochen Arts Camp

LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts share the goal of making the world a better place through arts education. I am thrilled to announce the continued partnership between our world class institutions, culminating in an opportunity for our students to be awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

As a partner of Interlochen, our students are eligible for a limited number of full tuition scholarships to attend camp in summer 2024. In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must complete an APPLICATION by January 15.  LaGuardia students must apply using application fee waiver code: LaGuardia24 in order for them to know that you are applying from LaGuardia.  The following digital materials are available to learn more about Interlochen Arts Camp:  

Camp Factsheet

Camp Program Guide

Camp Viewbook

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please contact

If you would like to sign up for in person auditions for Interlochen at LaGuardia then sign up using this form

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) boasts a remarkable roster of internationally recognized faculty and guest artists. Students also have various opportunities to meet and work with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as attend master classes given by artists and instructors engaged by the Tanglewood Music Center.  BUTI will host a Zoom Info session on December 27 at 8:30 pm. Students and Parents are welcome to join with this link.

If you would like to sign up for in person auditions for BUTI at LaGuardia then sign up using this form

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School Summer Study Scholarships

We are excited to announce that applications have opened for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply for the Alumni & Friends Summer Study Scholarships. These scholarships are for students with financial need to pursue the arts over the summer. Last year more than 100 scholarships were given out to students in all studios. For more information click here. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2024. 

As you begin planning for the summer please also know that we plan to continue our LaGuardia Summer Arts program (pending NYCDOE funding), and our partnership with Mostly Mozart for their instrumental music summer program at Lincoln Center.  I will share more information about these programs this winter.


  • One of the best ways to both support our program and have a great night out is to attend ourconcerts!  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.  We have multiple concerts in the month of January.  Tickets for January concerts can be purchased at

  • In order to perform at LaGuardia, students must complete the DOE media release.

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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music and Special Education

Don't Forget!

Future Dates:

December 12 - Show Choir performs with the New York City Opera at the main stage at Bryant Park beginning at 6pm.

December 13 - LaG Swag Spirit Shopping Day, 2:45-4:30pm

December 17 - The Jazz Orchestra will perform as part of NYC Holiday Open Streets: The Gift of Fifth event, at the stage located on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets. (Time TBA)

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

December 22 - Fiorello Friday: Show Choir

January 5 & 6, 2024 - Winter Semi-Annual Philharmonic Orchestra and Senior Chorus Concert, 6:30pm

January 7, 2004 - Music Studio Karaoke, 2:45-5pm

Karaoke City at 22 West 32nd Street, 7th Fl. Cost: $16 for two hours of singing and fun! Food and beverages not included, but available for purchase

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

January 9, 2024 - Winter Musicale #1, 6pm

January 11, 2024 - Winter Musicale #2, 6pm

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


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.


Below you will find a list of organizations who offer summer programing for high school students. Click on any one to be taken directly to their websites for more information.


The LaGaurdia PA does not endorse any of the below organizations. Resource listing is provided simply as a means to share information with our Music Studio Community.

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) 

Do you have additional resources to share with the LaGuardia Music Studio Community? 

Please email us at

Other Music Opportunities


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 TODAY, December 11, 2023

NYO Jazz - application deadline January 19, 2024


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)

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, 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
Saturday, December 16
2:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
7:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Sunday, December 17
2:00p The Addams Family - All School Musical
Monday, December 18
7:30p Music Studio General Meeting
Wednesday, December 20
Winter Sing - BB
Wednesday, January 3
7:30p Music Studio EB Meeting
Friday, January 5
6:30p Semi-Annual Concert
Saturday, January 6
6:30p Semi-Annual Concert
Monday, January 8
7:30p Music Studio General Meeting
Tuesday, January 9
6:00p Winter Musicale #1 - CH
Wednesday, January 10
6:30p PA EB Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Thursday, January 11
6:00p Winter Musicale #2 - CH
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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