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Originally delivered on 12/6/2021 5:26 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.6.21

Dec 6, 2021
Message from the Reps

A big congratulations to the Senior Band and Jazz Band on their concert performance Wednesday evening. It was stellar, and such a great way to kick off this month of music. Remember all shows are live-streamed so if you are not able to get tickets, you can view from the comforts of your home. We have 2 Musicales this week you won't want to miss! For many, it will be their first time performing at LaGuardia, truly a momentous occasion.

Please mark your calendar for the next general Music Studio PA meeting  on December 20 at 7pm.

 Music Studio Merchandise!

Thank you to those who ordered last week. We are still unable to sell merchandise at the December concerts due to LaG Admin concerns about the crowd our terrific swag attracts. HOWEVER, we will still be displaying all items and take orders both at the performances and via the QR code provided (image to the left). Please take a moment to check out our merchandise offerings and cross one gift, or many, off your holiday shopping list! 

The on-line store is almost ready! Please stay tuned for the link this week.

Don't Forget!

December 7: Winter Musicale #1 Junior Band, Intermediate Orchestra, Junior Jazz, and Treble Chorus 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30)

December 9: Winter Musicale #2 Percussion Ensemble, Intermediate Band, Junior Orchestra, Cantare 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30) 

December 14: Winter Musicale #3  Elementary Orchestra, Elementary Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Opera Workshop 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30) 

December 14: Show Choir performing at Bryant Park with the NYC Opera 5:45pm

December 17-18: Winter Semi-Annual Concert (Senior Orchestra and Senior Choir) 7-9:30pm

December 20: Music Studio General Meeting 7pm

December 21: Winter Gospel Concert 7-9:30pm

Next Hill Country BBQ Performance Dec 19th

Due to an overwhelming response, the PA Music Studio will be partnering again with Hill Country Barbecue. The next Showcase will feature the LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Blancq, on Sunday, December 19th at 2pm. Tickets will be $20 each, and with each ticket purchase you will receive a $10 meal voucher. Doors will open at 1pm for dining before the show starts. Tickets will be going on sale soon, stay tuned for the link!

Set up Your Recurring Donation Today!

Thank you to everyone that made Giving Tuesday a success! If you did not get a chance to donate, it's never too late to give. You can set up a recurring monthly donations to the Music Studio (and the PA) through PayPal. To set it up, click the Direct Donation link below or follow these instructions:

Log into your MTK account, click on Ways to Give under the Donate & Volunteer drop-down menu, then on the underlined red link Donate to a specific studio (2 places on the page allow you to do that). The PayPal page that shows up is auto-filled to make a donation to the General PA, but there is a drop-down menu that allows you to designate the Music Studio. Below that box is the option to make your donation on monthly-recurring basis. Or, by leaving that box unchecked, the donation will be a one-time donation. 

You can select any amount you like to donate; all contributions gratefully received! 

Direct Donation

Teacher Spotlight

Vocal teacher Ms. Ballard is from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and attended Western Kentucky University. She has been at LaGuardia for 15 years and has loved every minute of it. Ms. Ballard teaches Senior Chorus, Solo Voice, Cantare, Voice 3/4 and 5/6, and Sight Singing. Before coming to LaG, she taught in Kentucky, and then moved to NYC and performed for 2 years. She sang with Voyces and Early Music Ensemble for many years, and now sometimes gigs in Staten Island and Manhattan.

Like many others, Ms. Ballard had an amazing high school Choral experience that inspired her to want to teach. She says LaG students are truly bright stars! And their charisma and enthusiasm to learn helps them adjust to constructive criticism like professionals. Ms. Ballard is the middle child between her 2 brothers, which probably taught her many lessons growing up. 

Blurb from Ben

The lotteries for show tickets have started. Please check your email, and have your student check theirs for when lotteries open and close. Lotteries can only be entered with a student's LaGuardia email.

Access to Live Streaming
To ensure that our students’ progress is accessible and celebrated, we will live stream each event. For productions that have multiple performance dates, we will live stream multiple performances if the performers are different (for example, if a play is double-casted with a different ensemble of students performing on different performance dates). Live streaming is available, free of charge, and free of restrictions, on our website at the time of the performance only. We invite all members of our community to join our live performances via live streaming.

Eligibility to Attend Live Performances
In order to be admitted into the building to attend a live performance, all audience members must

  • Wear a face covering

  • Complete the DOE Daily Health Screening questionnaire

  • Show proof of vaccination if age-eligible to receive the vaccine, OR proof the attendee is a New York City Department of Education public school student

Recognizing that many members of our community face financial hardship, we will not be charging an entrance fee. Families who are able, are welcome to contribute a donation to offset the cost of live performance and live streaming. We thank our partner at the Parent Association for their generous contributions to make live performances and live streaming possible.
Donations can be contributed at

We look forward to kicking off our live performance season!

Help Keep LaGuardia Great!

The upcoming Music Studio events--Winter Musicales, Semi-Annual Concert, and Winter Gospel Concert--will need volunteers. 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. 

Sign up opportunities
Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Monday, December 6
Professional Development Bell Schedule
Blackout: Junior Scenes (Evans)
Tuesday, December 7
6:00p Winter Musicale #1
Wednesday, December 8
Blackout: Semi-Annual Art Show
Blackout: Senior One Acts (Stafford)
12:08p Senior Showcase
5:00p Senior One Act (Stafford)
Thursday, December 9
6:00p Winter Musicale #2
Friday, December 10
Junior Scenes (Evans)
7:45a Fiorello Friday
Tuesday, December 14
6:00p SLT Mtg
6:00p Winter Musicale #3
Wednesday, December 15
Blackout: Senior One Acts (Tsantilas)
12:08p Senior Showcase
5:00p Senior One Acts (Tsantilas)
Music Studio Board Members

General contact:

Instrumental Co-reps: 

Anne Gregorio

Nan Hawley

Vocal co-reps: 

Michael Capasso

Marcee Smith

Corresponding Secretaries: Rebecca Rent and Rebecca Sherman

Recording Secretary: Joy Bassini

Treasurer: Barbette Leonard

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