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Originally delivered on 12/13/2021 6:38 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 12.13.21

Dec 13, 2021
Message from the Reps

Both of last week's Music Studio shows in the Concert Hall, Musicale #1 and Musicale #2, were extraordinary and really highlighted the talent of the LaGuardia Music Studio students! We have more not-to-be-missed performances coming up; see the Don't Forget section for details.

Mark your calendar and put the live stream on the big screen at home. And when there's a break, please support the Music Studio with your tax-deductible donation! See instructions for how to do this below.

Music Studio Merchandise!

Thank you to all who have stopped by our tables in the Concert Hall lobby and gone online to order Music Studio merch these past 2 weeks. We will continue to display all items at the upcoming shows for families to see and feel. Orders can now be placed on our online store! Please take a moment to browse the site and cross one gift, or many, off your holiday shopping list. Deadline for orders to be packed and picked up before break is Tuesday Dec 21 at midnight. If you have questions or comments, or there is a problem with the store or your order, please email 

LaG Red Fleece Blanket

Our LaG fleece blanket is the perfect holiday gift for any relative. Generously sized item to cozy up with on the couch.

Fleece blanket

Flannel PJ Pants

Be snug this holiday season with the LaG note logo flannel pajama pants. They come in sizes s-xl, so you can get a pair for everyone in the family!

Flannel PJ Pants

Don't Forget!

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 Sunday, Dec 19th

The PA Music Studio is 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 on sale now!

Upcoming Master Class for Vocal students

December 22 during the school day, Vocal students will have master classes with musicians from the NYC Opera:

Kathryn Olander, piano

Kristin Sampson, soprano

Lisa Chavez, mezzo-soprano

Glenn Seven Allen, tenor

Kevin Short, bass

Set up Your One-Time or Recurring Donation Today!

There is still time to get your tax deductible donation in before the year end. (LaGuardia PA Music Studio is a 501c3 organization)

You can set up a one-time or recurring monthly donations to the Music Studio (and the PA) through PayPal. To do so, 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 appears is auto-filled to make a donation to the General PA, but you can designate the Music Studio by clicking on the drop-down menu. Below that box is the option to make your donation a monthly-recurring one. 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

Ms. Roof is a relatively new LaGuardia teacher compared to the others we've highlighted. She has been teaching at LaG for 5 years but previously taught outside NYC for 13 years. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio and went to University of Toledo and Ohio University. She plays the clarinet and all clarinet family instruments. Ms. Roof teaches Band, Chamber Winds, Woodwind Studio classes, and Music Theory/History. She became interested in teaching music when she realized, she couldn't live life without music and had a passion for teaching. (For her undergraduate studies she also applied to journalism schools and for physical therapy but those interests didn't last long!)  

She is also the Assistant Conductor for the Brooklyn Wind Symphony (Metropolitan Music Community On occasion she plays clarinet and sometimes fills in for percussion in the ensemble. The Symphony just had their first concert of the season this weekend. Special music interests of Ms. Roof's include anything wind band, commissioning under-represented composers, conducting, classical clarinet, and chamber music. 

Ms. Roof says the LaG students are the best in the city and that they are full of personality, dedication, excited to learn new things, and they also teach her new things.     

In addition to music, Ms. Roof competes in athletic events, mostly running and triathlons.  

Blurb from Ben
The Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia's Summer Study Scholarship application is open! Each year Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia distributes over $50,000 in scholarships to Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen with financial need who wish to pursue arts programs and private lessons during the summer. All details are here:

Application Deadline: February 11, 2022
(Please note that Seniors do not qualify as they will have already graduated by summer 2022)

Please see the information from Boston University Tanglewood Institute, they have great summer programing, with deadlines coming up. They are holding zoom town halls to learn more about their programs starting next week.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Reminder to please check your email, and have your student check their email, 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 partners at the Parent Association for their generous contributions that make live performances and live streaming possible.
Donations can be contributed at

Help Keep LaGuardia Great!

December's Music Studio events--Winter Musicales, Semi-Annual Concerts, and Winter Gospel Concert--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
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)
Friday, December 17
Blackout: Semi-Annual Art Show
Blackout: Junior Scenes (Warden)
Junior Scenes (Warden)
7:45a Fiorello Friday
7:00p Winter Semi-Annual Concert (Senior Orchestra and Senior Chorus)
Saturday, December 18
7:00p Winter Semi-Annual Concert (Senior Orchestra and Senior Chorus)
Monday, December 20
Professional Development Bell Schedule
Blackout: Winter Gospel
Tuesday, December 21
7:00p Winter Gospel Concert
Wednesday, December 22
Blackout: Sophomore Scenes
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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