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SUBJECT: Music Monday 03.04.24 Marching into Women's History Month

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March 4, 2024
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“Don’t mistake politeness for lack of strength.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor, “My Beloved World”

Happy March, Music Studio Families!

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the incredible pre-spring sunny weather yesterday! Daylight savings begins Sunday, so get ready for more hours of daylight as prepare to welcome the spring season.

Don't forget to join us March 14, 15 and 16th for the largest cast show of the school year - Operetta: The Gondoliers. Purchase your tickets now at

114th Annual International Women's Day

In the U.S., March is observed as Women's History month, and during this month we celebrate March 8th as International Women's Day, a global celebration acknowledging the achievements and contributions of women, while also seeking gender equality. 

The official colors are purple, green and white. Purple symbolizes justice, dignity and being loyal to the cause. Green is a symbol of hope and new beginnings, while white signifies purity and equality. These colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Movement (WSPU) in the UK in 1908, and was brought to the US by American suffragists who worked with them.

Every year there are two themes; one proposed by the United Nations, and one by the International Women's Day community (IWD). This year, the UN official theme for 2024 is Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress. 

"By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all."

The campaign theme by the IWD is Inspire Inclusion. 

"This year's campaign theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality. It calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. Inspire Inclusion encourages everyone to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalized communities."

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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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!

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

We're gearing up for spring. I look forward to sharing more updates with you all soon.

The Operetta has been in rehearsals for several weeks now; costumes are being ordered, sets are being built and the cast is working really hard. This is the largest cast show at LaGuardia. Please come and see it for yourself from March 14-16th. Purchase your tickets here.
Partnership with families makes our program work.

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!

March 14 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Fandango Cast6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 15 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Cachuca Cast, 6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 16 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Cachuca Cast, 1:30pm, Concert Hall 

Fandango Cast6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 18 - Music Studio General Meeting via Zoom (link TBA), 7:30pm

March 19 - LaG SAT Day

March 27 - Concerto Concert, 6:30pm, Concert Hall

Purchase tickets here

Calling All Volunteers
Help Beautify the Music Studio Hallways!

Hey there!

Do you have some free time that you'd like to donate? No problem, we've got just the opportunity for you! 

We're forming a Music Studio Enhancement Committee to help us create a warm, cheerful and welcoming environment in the Music Studio! 

We're looking for people to help us brainstorm ideas for decor, planning, printing posters and pictures, then assemble and execute. If you are interested, please send an email to or and let's get to beautifying!

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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 

Registration with full payment is required to reserve your participation and will be accepted until the symposium is filled. Payments must be received no later than June 1, 2024.

Duo Piano Master Classes 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Guitar Workshop 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Northwestern Bach Academy 

application deadline April 8, 2024. Early submission strongly encouraged.

Percussion Symposium  

application deadline April 8, 2024

Trombone Master Classes 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Violin Institute 

application deadline April 8, 2024. Early submission strongly encouraged.

Vocal Performance Seminar 

application deadline April 8, 2024

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

  • JumpStart  Registration opens in March
  • Screen ActingRegistration opens in March - Rolling, limited to 10 spots

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) 

Scholarships Available

Just Announced: 
Scholarships are available through the Empire State Summer Arts Scholarship, a program of the New York Department of Education. Must apply by April 19, 2024. Eligibility Requirements

Other Applicants: Deadline to apply March 31

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

Please email us at

Other Opportunities
Spring Open House: March 30th

Don't miss your chance to attend our Spring Open House - one of the biggest events of the year for prospective students, on March 30th. Take a tour of the Boston Campus, learn more about the application process, and enjoy student performances, all in one day.


This event will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Please register to receive the livestream link.

Virtual Information Sessions

Register for an upcoming virtual information session to talk to an admissions counselor and ask any questions you may have about applying, auditioning, interviewing or transferring to Berklee College of Music undergraduate program.

March 7 - Transfer Student Q&A

Join Associate Director of Admissions, Michael Gamble, to learn about transferring to Berklee. Zoom at 11 am. Sign up

March 14 - Diversity and Inclusion at Berklee: 

Prospective Student Q&A

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment staff and student coordinators to discuss student resources. Zoom 3:30 pm. Sign up

March 28 - Prospective Student Q&A

Learn about Berklee's programs, student experience, admissions process, and more. Zoom 3:30 pm. Sign up

April 4 - Transfer Student Q&A

Join Associate Director of Admissions, Michael Gamble, to learn about transferring to Berklee. Zoom at 11 am. Sign Up


Teen Meisner with Mollie O’Mara

Meisner Monologue/Audition Technique class

Join me in continuing the incredible work of Sanford Meisner after the Neighborhood Playhouse Junior program closes on April 6th: Teen Meisner with Mollie O'Mara.

There is so much more to Meisner's training, that I am excited to be able to continue this work with the students. From Mr. Meisner's own words that "Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances" I will expertly guide our young actors through the technique with improvisations, scenes and monologues all the while working off the imagination and/or text.

Saturday, April 13 - May 18, from 11am-1pm  

ArtNY, 520 Eighth Avenue

The cost of the class will be $325 per person for the six (6) Saturday sessions, made payable one week before class starts. This class will also include an 8x10 professional photo (over $500 value) and we'll work on an acting resume.

No previous Meisner training required.

Email to sign up for more info.



MAP (Music Advancement Program) is a Saturday program for intermediate and advanced music students from New York City’s five boroughs and the tristate area who demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence. The program actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the classical music field. Application deadline April 1, 2024


The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus is Sing for Hope’s musical ensemble that provides creative service learning through rehearsal and performance for children and youth ages 8-18 via an innovative multi-age model. At once global and hyperlocal, The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus is our pride and joy, currently centering a core group made up of young singers from across the New York Metropolitan area. Performing subset groups include Girls’ Chorus, Gospel Choir, and more. Click here for more information. 


Sound+Science is an innovative after-school program in NYC for high school students interested in exploring the unique and deep connection between music and STEM. Through a unique curriculum, participants will explore modules like ‘The Hidden Codes in Electronic Music’, ‘From Hip-Hop to AI’, and Music Improvisation and the Evolution of the Mathematics of Computation Sound+Science, revealing the profound connections between music, technology, physics and mathematics.

Participants can look forward to Masterclass Lectures, where industry experts shed light on the confluence of music and technology and the Studio Labs, which provide a hands-on environment for participants to apply their knowledge, fostering creativity and collaboration.

Sound+Science will also offer a challenging and supportive environment that pairs high school students with local college STEM majors as they work together on Incentive-based projects designed to challenge and motivate participants to create real-world applications that resonate with musicians, producers, and coders while facilitating knowledge exchange and mutual growth.

The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm at Civic Hall in Union Square from March 5 - May 23 with breaks to coincide with the DoE's calendar. It is completely free for New York City Public School students through support from the Simons Foundation. 

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
Thursday, March 7
International Women's Day
Monday, March 11
Student Voter Registration Drive
Tuesday, March 12
Student Voter Registration Drive
6:00p PA EB Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 13
Student Voter Registration Drive
Thursday, March 14
Student Voter Registration Drive
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Friday, March 15
Student Voter Registration Drive
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Saturday, March 16
1:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
6:00p General PA Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 21
Parent Teacher Conference (Evening)
Friday, March 22
Parent Teacher Conference (Afternoon)
1:45p Senior Art Shows #2
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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