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Originally delivered on 12/18/2023 5:30 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.18.23 Wrapping up 2023

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December 18, 2023
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

We hope you had a fabulous weekend and got a chance to take in the spectacular all-school musical - The Addams Family, see the Show Choir perform with the New York City Opera, see the Jazz Orchestra perform at the Gift of Fifth event, and are enjoying the sights, sounds and festivities of the holiday season!

Can you believe It's the final week of school for 2023 and the winter solstice begins on Thursday?

Please Join us tonight at 7:30pm on Zoom for our final general meeting of the year, as we wrap up 2023! 

Meeting ID: 815 9125 1799 

Passcode: 594495

Please take a look at the "Don't Forget" section and set your calendars because January 2024 kicks off immediately, with lots in store!

Merry Everything!

The Music Studio sends out heartfelt wishes to all of you for a wonderful holiday season and New Year filled with joy, love and peace! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa!

See Ya Next Year!

Wishing you all a fun, safe and relaxing holiday break!

Music Monday will return on January 8, 2024

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!

Show Choir & NYC Opera

The LaGuardia Show Choir, Jeanne Cascio (Music/Vocal Director), had the opportunity to perform in Bryant Park with the New York City Opera on December 12th, bringing cheer to the holiday season!

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe this is the last week of school before the new year begins!

Wishing you all a relaxing holiday and time spent with loved ones. I can't wait to connect with you in the new year.

I sent out a letter to the community two weeks ago containing some important information about some exciting opportunities. Please see below in case you missed it and mark your calendars.

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

December 22 - LAGMAS Fiorello Friday: Show Choir

January 5 & 6, 2024 - Winter Semi-Annual Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mr. Meyers and Senior Chorus directed by Ms. Ballard 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


Concert Orchestra - Mr. Bloomfield

Concert Band - Mr. Carbone

Elementary Chorus - Ms. Jones

Treble Chorus - Ms. Cascio, Dr. Koelzer

Operetta & Pitt - Dr. Shohdy, Ms. Swerdfeger, Dr. Koelzer

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


String Orchestra - Mr. Bloomfield

Cambiata - Dr. Jordan

Cantare - Ms. Ballard, Dr. Koelzer

Symphony Orchestra - Dr. Shohdy

January 17, 2024 - Gospel Concert - Dr. Jordan, Ms. White, TJ Walker

January 20, 2024 - Winter Band Concert - Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Roof

Volunteers Needed

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Calling All Volunteers!

Do you have some free time? 

Would you like to be more involved and get to know your fellow parents in the Music Studio? 

Volunteering is a great way to do just that and the Music Studio would love to have you!

Please see the schedule below. Interested? 

Please reach out to Co-Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Stuart Berman at

  • Winter Semi Annual, January 5th

      5pm - after intermission @7:30pm 2-3 people needed

  • Winter Musicale #1, January 9th

      5pm - after intermission @7:30pm 2-3 people needed

  • Winter Musicale #2, January 11th

      5pm - after intermission @7:30pm 2-3 people needed

  • Gospel Concert, January 17th

      5pm - after intermission @7:30pm 3-4 people needed

  • Winter Band Concert, January 20th

      5pm - after intermission @7:30pm 2-3 people needed

Keep an eye on your inbox for an email blast and sign-up link!

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.

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
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
Tuesday, January 16
6:30p General PA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, January 17
6:00p Winter Gospel Concert - CH
Friday, January 19
4:00p Winter Dance Showcase - LFT
7:00p Winter Dance Showcase - LFT
Saturday, January 20
3:00p Winter Dance Showcase - LFT
6:30p Winter Band Concert - 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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