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SUBJECT: Music Monday 01.22.24

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January 22, 2024
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!


We hope you had a lovely weekend and that you're all staying warm and toasty this winter.

Thank you to everyone who attended our very first general meeting of 2024!  We invited recent LaG grads back to talk about their college experiences thus far. They had some wonderful nuggets to share with our Music Studio community. If you didn't happen to make the meeting not to worry; you can find the meeting minutes HERE.

Winter Concert Series Comes to a Close

Our winter concert season has now come to a close, and what a stupendous winter concert series it was!  This past week saw the Gospel Choir Concert and the Winter Band Concert featuring Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. As usual, the joy in the concert hall was palpable and spirits were lifted high with singing and dancing. Congratulations to all of the musicians, performers and our wonderful instructors, and as always, many thanks to the tech crew! Be sure to check out some of the highlights below. 

Thank You!

Thank you all for your support in purchasing merchandise and refreshments during our concerts, and thank you to our volunteer parents! The Music Studio would not be able to support our students and teachers without the support of the community.

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: The Highlights
Musicale #1
Concert Band
Concert Orchestra

                               Concert Band                                                                    Concert Orchestra

                         Rocco Carbone, Conductor                                              Jonathan Bloomfield, Conductor

Elementary Chorus
Treble Chorus

                             Elementary Chorus                                                                  Treble Chorus

                               Dawn Jones, Conductor                                                  Jeanne Cascio, Conductor

                                                                                                                    Dr. Chris Koelzer, Accompanist

Pit Orchestra

                               Pit Orchestra                                                                             Operetta Cast

                      Dr. Valentina Shohdy, Conductor                                             Mary Ann Swerdfeger, Conductor

                                                                                                                        Dr. Chris Koelzer, Accompanist

Musicale #2


Dr. Daryl Jordan, Conductor

String Orchestra
String Orchestra

String Orchestra

Jonathan Bloomfield, Conductor



Jana Ballard, Conductor

Dr. Chris Koelzer, Accompanist

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Valentina Shohdy, Conductor

Photography by William A. Sherman

Visit the LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts official Instagram page at laguardia.arts for additional highlights

Winter Gospel Highlights
Winter Gospel Freedom Concert 2024

Click the above image to see video recordings. 

Videos provided courtesy of Vlad T. from our parent community.

Photography by William A. Sherman

Visit the LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts official Instagram page at laguardia.arts for additional highlights

Winter Band Concert Highlights

Symphonic Band

David Blumenthal & Kimberly Roof Arasoza, Conductors

Wind Symphony

David Blumenthal & Kimberly Roof Arasoza, Conductors

Photography by William A. Sherman

Visit the LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts official Instagram page at laguardia.arts for additional highlights

Rising Stars

Attention All Music Studio Families,

This weekend, come witness the magic that is LaGuardia! 

There's a lot of Music Studio students performing in this year's Rising Stars Show - maybe even your child, and we both need your support! 

How can you support, you ask?

Buy tickets! 

There's still plenty of seats available, so treat your mail carrier, favorite bank teller, neighbor or ask your partner for a date night!

Please join us for a really great, fast moving and extremely exciting show!

Rising Stars is a PA fundraiser that benefits ALL of LaGuardia!

We are still in need Volunteers!! 

See the show one night, volunteer on another night. Why? Because it's all for a great cause - our children!

We have a sign-up Genius form below which can give you a better 

understanding of how you can help.  

Click HERE, or on the poster to purchase tickets

Click HERE to volunteer

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

We're closing out January and the fall semester!

Our annual winter concert series has come to a close. I hope you had a chance to enjoy some, if not all, of the wonderful concerts during this season and experience first hand, some of the amazing talent at LaGuardia. 

Below are some important final reminders:

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.

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

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. 

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 TODAY! 

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.


  • Junior and Senior Juries:  The junior and senior juries will be held at the end of January.  Juniors and seniors should review the 2024 Instrumental Jury Letter or 2024 vocal Jury Letter and join the google classrooms indicated in the letters.

  • 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!


January 23, 24, 25, 26 - In-Person Jury Exams for Junior and Senior Instrumental & Vocal students

January 24 - New Music Ensemble Winter Showcase, 6 pm, A25 - *New Music Families Only*


January 26 - Rising Stars, 7pm in the Concert Hall

January 27 - Rising Stars, 2pm and 7pm in the Concert Hall

January 28 - Rising Stars, 2pm in the Concert Hall



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

Mr. Clark, LaG vocal teacher with his LaG Swag: Laguardia MS sweat pants, and LaG Big Label red scull cap

Music Studio Board members selling LaG MS Swag in their own LaG swag


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


Saturday, January 27th, the Youth Orchestra of St. Lukes (YOSL) will be hosting its Family Workshop #3, where interested families can learn all about local New York City youth music programs.  

This workshop will take place at the DiMenna Center in Cary Hall. Attendees will participate in an informational session about local New City youth music programs. This workshop is family-friendly, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend, especially middle school and high school students. 

The workshop will be broken into two sessions:

1st session - overview of local music programs  

2nd session - Q&A with:


Coffee & donuts provided


Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is a two-week summer intensive for young artists (aged 12-18) looking to expand their training with Juilliard artist faculty at state-of-the-art facilities in Orlando, FL. While offering students a highly rigorous experience, this program encourages community, confidence, and healthy artistic practices.

2024 Program Dates and Majors

Session 1 | June 30-July 13: Drama, Piano, Voice 

Session 2 | July 14-27: Dance, Musical Theater

Applications are due February 15th. The program is hosted at their partner school, Windermere Preparatory School, in Orlando, Florida. Students with wide-ranging interests are welcome to apply to both sessions.

Session 1 Documentary - 2023

Session 2 Documentary - 2023


This new song contest celebrates the 2024 launch of the Harlem Rocket, a new Black-owned high-speed boat tour for this world-famous neighborhood. An original, compelling new short song will be selected as the Harlem Rocket's theme music and promotional jingle.

CRITERIA: The entries for Rhythm & Waves must be original tracks under 2 minutes in length, and submitted through the Harlem Rocket's WeTransfer platform. They will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity

  • Capturing the spirit and thrill of The Harlem Rocket

  • Melody and sound

  • Immediate usability as a theme song, jingle and sonic hook

Providing a signed Release, found HERE

FORMAT & DEADLINE: Submissions must be MP3 or MP4 files. All submissions are due by midnight ET on February 19th, and must be submitted at for review

PRIZES & PROMOTION: The winning song's composer will win a prize valued at $1000.00 including $500.00 in cash, and they will be promoted widely. The composer will be credited.

USAGE: Harlem Rocket will be granted first rights to own/use, modify, distribute, play and perform the winning song.

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, 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
Sunday, January 28
2:00p Rising Stars - CH
Tuesday, February 6
6:30p PA EB Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 13
6:30p General PA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Friday, March 1
1:45p Senior Art Show #1
Saturday, March 2
7:00p Senior Art Show #1
Tuesday, March 12
6:00p PA EB Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 14
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Friday, March 15
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Saturday, March 16
1:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Tuesday, March 19
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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