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SUBJECT: Music Monday 1.9.23

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January 9, 2023
Message from the Reps

Hello Music Studio Families! 

We hope your January is off to a great start!

The calendar is full of many exciting happenings, so be sure to check out the Don't Forget section below! 

Please see our extensive concert schedule for January. Tickets are available here.

Winter Gospel Concert

Hopefully you had a chance to experience the glory of the Winter Gospel Concert that took place last Friday.  It was truly wonderful and uplifting to experience, and brought the audience to their feet with palpable joy! Congratulations to all the members of the LaGuardia Gospel Choir,  Dr. Darryl Jordan, Conductor and T.J. Walker, Music Director, the LaGuardia Gospel Choir Band, and the Technical Crew. Special thanks to The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, Dr. Darryl Jordan, Conductor. Check out a few photos below.

Epiphany: A Winter Gospel Concert
Don't Forget!

Upcoming Events:

January 10 - Winter Musicale #1, 6 p.m., featuring: 

  • Concert Orchestra
  • Treble Chorus
  • Mixed Chorus
  • Symphony Orchestra

January 12 - Winter Musicale #2, 6 p.m., featuring:

  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Operetta Workshop
  • Elementary Chorus
  • Cantare

January 13 - Interlochen Arts Camp In-Person Auditions at LaGuardia

January 17 - Music Studio General Meeting via Zoom, 7:30 p.m.

January 25 - New Music Ensemble Winter Showcase, 6:30 p.m.

January 26 - All School Spirit Shopping Day, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 1st floor lobby

January 26 - Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.

January 26- Senior Chorus performing at We Are Here: Songs from the Holocaust to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Click Here for more info and tickets

**Tickets for all on-site LaGuardia concerts can be purchased online at until 10am the day before the concert. They can also be purchased in person beginning one hour before the concert.**

Blurb from Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

I hope your 2023 is off to a great start and you had a chance to witness our wonderful Gospel Choir in concert last Friday. Our winter performance season continues this week with our Winter Musicales happening this Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!  

Below you'll find reminders regarding an in-person audition opportunity for Interlochen Arts Camp, happening at LaGuardia this Friday, Regents Week Blackout Dates, Jury information for Instrumental and Vocal Juniors and Seniors, and an important Commencement reminder for Seniors.

Interlochen Arts Camp In Person Auditions at LaGuardia 1/13

As a partner of Interlochen, our students are eligible for a limited number of full tuition scholarships to attend camp in summer 2023. In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must complete an APPLICATION by January 15, 2023. Use the code LaGuardia23 to waive the application fee. 

As part of the application, students must submit an audition or audition in person.  Interlochen Arts Camp will hold in person auditions here at LaGuardia on January 13, 2022 (during the school day).  

Regents Week Blackout Dates for Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band

Tuesday, January 24

Symphonic Band - 8:30 a.m to 12 p.m.

Wind Symphony - 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25

Wind Symphony - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Symphonic Band - 1 to 2:30 p.m.

2023 Music Commencement Assessment for SENIORS ONLY

As we approach term two of your senior year at LaGuardia, we are thinking forward to graduation and the 2023 Music Commencement Assessment leading to the Chancellor’s Diploma Endorsement in Music. 

Please see the attached letter that was sent out to all 12th grade families and students on January 5th. The link to the google doc is HERE

2023 Juries for Instrumental and Vocal JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY

Just a reminder that juries are happening during Regents week. Below you can find the original letters that were sent out in November.



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

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Thank You!
With Gratitude...

The Music Studio would like to send out a special thanks to Michael Capasso, parent of a class of '24 vocal major, former Music Studio Vocal Rep, and General Director of the New York City Opera, for his generous contributions to the Music Studio over the years.  Michael has been instrumental in bringing in Master Classes and performance opportunities for Music Studio students. Most recently, the Show Choir performed Christmas carols with the NYC Opera at Bryant Park. "With my background and job, I can easily help my child, but it gives me real pleasure to help as many LaGuardia Music Studio students as I can!"

Music Studio Merchandise!!

Our online Music Studio Store is now openOrders will be available for pick-up on Fridays, from 3-4:30 pm, in the front lobby across from the security desk.

If you have questions or comments please email

Show Your Appreciation

Giving to your Music Studio has just become easier! 

We are happy to announce that we now have a QR code for direct donations to the Music Studio! No longer do you have to select Music Studio from a drop-down box. We welcome any donations, and all are greatly appreciated!  Just click the QR code below.

Volunteers Needed

The Music Studio is currently seeking someone with web development experience as we update our Music Studio online store and website. If you have any skills that you would like to share, please reach out to us at

Do you have great photography skills? Please don't be shy! Share your LaGuardia Concert photos with us and we'll showcase them in Music Monday and on our updatedwebsite.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and learn more about Music Studio affairs. Become a volunteer today to support our students and staff all year long, not just at performances. Please make sure you have filled out your volunteer questionnaire on your Membership Toolkit profile. 

Other Opportunities


YO Jazz invites young musicians to audition for its summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22. Outstanding young musicians from across the US showcase the legacy and bright future of American jazz in a free rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.



NYO2 invites young musicians from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestra field to audition for its free summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22.  Teen musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.


NYO-USA invites young musicians from across the US to audition for its free summer 2023 season starting 9/8/22. The program includes a training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians followed by a tour performing in great musical capitals of the world. Teens spend several weeks in sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, workshops designed to complement the repertoire, and social/recreational activities. Opportunities for orchestra librarians, orchestra management, and apprentice composers also available. Apply by 1/19/23.


Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts at the 92Y offers 100% full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for exceptional students in NYC to develop their creative potential as artists, dancers, and musicians. Students are immersed in a broad range of advanced classes as well as personalized private instruction. Programs in visual arts, dance, music, and musical theater. Visit website for details and deadlines.


Summer Applications Now Open

MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience for students ages 8 to 17 in a dynamic conservatory setting. Students will develop their musical skills and will join a vibrant community of young musicians.  Early decision date: 1/16/23. Applications due by 2/17/23. Visit website for more details.

Precollege Applications Open 12/1/22

MSM’s Precollege program gives talented students professional instruction and multiple performing opportunities in a supportive environment, as well as collaborative time spent with like-minded peers, many of whom become life-long friends and colleagues. Students take part in either the Classical Program or the Jazz Program.

Instruction each Saturday throughout the school year includes a weekly private lesson and classes such as theory, ear training, composition, orchestra, chorus, and conducting. Students also take part in numerous performances held in our various recital halls. Click here for more information.


Summer String Quartet Program 

MICM, located in Northern Wisconsin is a summer program focused on chamber music. They offer an immersive three-week string quartet program for around 30 high school and college students. The program costs $3,865 including tuition, room and board. Scholarships are available and awarded based on financial need. Click here for more information.   Apply by 2/15/23.


Applications open 1/16/23

The NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions Summer Programs include the following options for students: Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop, Percussion, Strings, Brass Workshop, Woodwind Intensive, Piano Intensive, Vocal Performance Intensive, Screen Scoring Workshop, Songwriters Workshop, Musical Theatre Conducting Intensive, Music Technology Intensive, Music Business: What Makes a Star. Click the link above for more information.


2023 Summer Study Applications - Deadline January 25, 2023

We are so pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Alumni & Friends Summer Study Grants for Summer 2023! 

Scholarships are available to juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, who may be eligible to receive financial assistance for supplemental study in their arts discipline during the summer of 2023. Find out all you need to know HERE.


Inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition 

Art of the Piano, led by Awadagin Pratt, is thrilled to hold its inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition.  Taking place in the summer of 2023, this bi-annual competition is specifically for talented young African American pianists.  

The aim of this Competition is to give these young artists a highly visible platform to showcase their skills, gain opportunities, experience, and support.  Additionally, the Competition aims to get more African American artists on concert stages in general, to commission new works, and to add more African American pianistic voices to the classical canon. Apply by 3/1/23.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, January 10
6:00p Winter Musicale #1
Wednesday, January 11
7:30a Principal's Office Hours
11:15a Box Office Open
11:20a Senior Showcase
12:00p Principal's Office Hours
7:00p Principal's Office Hours
Thursday, January 12
6:00p Winter Musicale #2
Friday, January 13
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Tuesday, January 17
4:30p Winter Dance (Hold) - Parents Association
Wednesday, January 18
Lunar New Year Celebration
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
Friday, January 20
7:45a Fiorello Friday
4:00p Winter Dance Showcase
7:00p Winter Dance Showcase
Current Music Studio Board Members

General contact:

Instrumental Co-reps: Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor 

Corresponding Secretaries: Tauheedah Yasin and Danielle Soto

Recording Secretary: Catherine Bernstein and Laetitia Ducroux - Assistant 

Audit Manager: Barbette Leonard and Vanessa Enriquez - Audit Manager Assistant

Merchandise Director:  Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez, Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinators - Sherry Stuart Berman and Sonya Houston

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