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SUBJECT: Music Monday 01.08.24 Happy New Year!

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January 8, 2024
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a restful break!

The new year has begun and January is packed with many exciting events.

Please Join us TONIGHT at 7:30pm on Zoom for our first general meeting of 2024, as we invite recent LaG grads back to talk about their college experience thus far. This is one your students will probably want to listen in on too! 

Meeting ID: 816 4362 4999

Passcode: 447965

The 2023 Wrap Up

Before we broke for Christmas break, we had a Wrapping up 2023 General Meeting. If you missed the recap, you can view the minutes here.

Winter Concert Series

Our winter concert season kicked off Friday and Saturday with the Semi-Annual featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra: Joseph Meyers - Conductor, Dr. Valentina Shohdy - Assistant Conductor, and the Senior Chorus: Jana Ballard - Conductor, Jonah Piali - Assistant Conductor, Dr. Chris Koelzer - Accompanist, and Joseph Meyers - Orchestra preparation. 

It was another wonderful concert. See some highlights below. Thank you for your support in purchasing merchandise and refreshments, and thank you to our volunteer parents! We will continue to have these sales during our winter concert series, so sign up to volunteer today!

This week the concert series continues with Musicale#1 tomorrow night and Musicale #2 on Thursday, January 11th; both concerts begin at 6pm. 

Next Wednesday evening, January 17th, the Gospel Choir presents Freedom. You don't want to miss out on these concerts, buy your tickets here.

I Sing, You Sing, We All Sing!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Music Studio Karaoke community building event yesterday afternoon. It was a great time and we hope to have more events like this in the near future. Check out some photos of our karaoke vocalists below!

           Oliver Cope, Senior Vocal student               William Goldsman, Freshman Vocal student       MaryJo Verrato, Freshman Vocal parent (left)

                                                                                                                                                            Valisa Tate, Freshman Drama parent (right)

        Ariana Safillo, Senior Drama student              Michael Goldsman, Freshman Vocal parent            Phebe Barnett, Senior Vocal student 

Honoring The Legacy of Dr. King

"Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 15th. 

Enjoy the extended weekend. Music Monday will return on January 22.

Please take a look at the "Don't Forget" section and set your calendars because January 2024 has lots in store!

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!

Winter Musicales
Winter Gospel Concert
Winter Semi-Annual Highlights
LaG Philharmonic Orchestra

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LaG Senior Chorus

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Visit laguardia.arts on Instagram for more snippets.

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Happy 2024!

Welcome back! I hope you all a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season and time spent with loved ones. 

I sent out a letter to the community weeks before the break containing some important information about some exciting opportunities. Please see below in as reminders 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. 

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.


  • Our Winter Concert Series is in full swing! 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!


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

January 9 - 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 - Winter Musicale #2, 6pm


String Orchestra - Mr. Bloomfield

Cambiata - Dr. Jordan

Cantare - Ms. Ballard, Dr. Koelzer

Symphony Orchestra - Dr. Shohdy

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

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

January 23, 24,25, 26 - Juries for Junior and Senior Instrumental & Vocal students

January 26, 27 & 28 - Rising Stars

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 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.

Summer 2024 Applications Now Open

Greetings from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University! Explore all that Northwestern and the Bienen School have to offer through one of our eight Summer Session workshops. These programs offer students a one-week intensive led by Bienen's world-renowned faculty in a small group setting. Visit our Summer Sessions Workshops page to learn more about our offerings and start your application today!

Conducting & Wind Music Symposium

Duo Piano Master Classes

Guitar Workshop

Northwestern Bach Academy

Percussion Symposium

Trombone Master Classes

Violin Institute

Vocal Performance Seminar

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


Register today for Jazz, Musical Theatre or Percussion Winter Break Workshops and save $50

Early Bird savings expire TODAY, January 8th

Click here to learn more


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


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, 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
7:00p Winter Dance Showcase - LFT
Wednesday, January 24
6:00p New Music Ensemble Winter Showcase - A25
Friday, January 26
7:00p Rising Stars - CH
Saturday, January 27
2:00p Rising Stars - CH
7:00p Rising Stars - 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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