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2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

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Friday September 13th, 2019

The Alumni Notes is now available online! If you did not receive this as an email yesterday, that means we do not have your email address. Please go to alumniandfriends.org/connect to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information.

Click here to read our most recent newsletter and catch up on other exciting LaGuardia news! conta.cc/30c2Nta
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The Alumni Notes is now available online! If you did not receive this as an email yesterday, that means we do not have your email address. Please go to alumniandfriends.org/connect to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information. 

Click here to read our most recent newsletter and catch up on other exciting LaGuardia news!  https://conta.cc/30c2Nta

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Luved my HS yrs 62 grad . Totally immersed in school & Art with great friends & teachers! Hope it is same experience today!

The High School of Music and Art was one of the greatest, most enduring influences in my life.

Go LaG....go M&A🎵💜

Thursday September 12th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"I am thankful for the most extraordinary environment a teenager could be in for learning! My love for music and the arts only grew exponentially as I grew, and my teachers and fellow students inspired me, always." - Ricki F. Wasserman (M&A '68)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
Artwork by Karen Mogami (LaG '20)
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#thankfulthursday
I am thankful for the most extraordinary environment a teenager could be in for learning!  My love for music and the arts only grew exponentially as I grew,  and my teachers and fellow students inspired me, always. - Ricki F. Wasserman (M&A 68)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
Artwork by Karen Mogami  (LaG 20)

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I am thankful for my arts education at the High School of Music & Art (class of 1967) because it provided me a place to explore, and encouraged creativity while allowing me to witness art being made in sights and sounds around me! It was a place that was a glimpse of my life and lifelong friendships that endure today.

Thursday September 5th, 2019

Catch Michael Che (LaG '01) and Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchors, hosting a comedy show to benefit the Staten Island Museum. September 19, 2019 at 8pm at the historic St. George Theatre. Tickets available: www1.ticketmaster.com/colin-jost-michael-che-friends-staten-island-museum-benefit-show/event/0000... and
www.facebook.com/events/437168463681749/
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Catch Michael Che (LaG 01) and Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchors, hosting a comedy show to benefit the Staten Island Museum. September 19, 2019 at 8pm at the historic St. George Theatre. Tickets available: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/colin-jost-michael-che-friends-staten-island-museum-benefit-show/event/000056DAA0DD53C2 and 
https://www.facebook.com/events/437168463681749/

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Michael Che hosted the PA gala in The Little Flower Theater 4 years ago and he was hilarious! Art Studio grad.

Wow I didn’t know how neat 🤩

Stefan Ilea

Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

Check out a new exhibit at The Great Frog's '72 Gallery,' featuring the work of John Holmstrom, best known as the creator and illustrator of 'Punk' Magazine - September 5-October 17 at 72 Orchard Street. The September 5 opening party is produced by Rima D Bien​ (PA '84).
Holmstrom is known for his work depicted in the film 'CBGB,' several Ramones album covers, and for illustrating icons in 'Punk' Magazine like Joey Ramone, and many others during the greatest era of CBGB.
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Check out a new exhibit at The Great Frogs 72 Gallery, featuring the work of John Holmstrom, best known as the creator and illustrator of Punk Magazine - September 5-October 17 at 72 Orchard Street. The September 5 opening party is produced by Rima D Bien​ (PA 84). 
Holmstrom is known for his work depicted in the film CBGB, several Ramones album covers, and for illustrating icons in Punk Magazine like Joey Ramone, and many others during the greatest era of CBGB.

Friday August 30th, 2019

If you're in Belgium, check out M&A '65 alumnus Charlemagne Palestine at the Meakusma Festival, September 6-8, 2019.
thequietus.com/articles/26989-charlemagne-palestine-interview-favourite-films
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If youre in Belgium, check out M&A 65 alumnus Charlemagne Palestine at the Meakusma Festival, September 6-8, 2019. 
https://thequietus.com/articles/26989-charlemagne-palestine-interview-favourite-films

Thursday August 29th, 2019

Sophia Dawson (LaG '06) was just named BET's Artist of the Week! Check out this video of the activist artist at work:
bit.ly/30KIC6r

She has been holding classes in her Industry City studio, but her knowledge is available in this ebook she recently released
"So You Wanna Paint A Mural." Check it out! sellfy.com/p/yOWi/?utm_source=Contacts+2017&utm_campaign=f571e1369e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_22_08_...
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Sophia Dawson (LaG 06) was just named BETs Artist of the Week! Check out this video of the activist artist at work: 
https://bit.ly/30KIC6r

She has been holding classes in her Industry City studio, but her knowledge is available in this ebook she recently released 
 So You Wanna Paint A Mural. Check it out!  https://sellfy.com/p/yOWi/?utm_source=Contacts+2017&utm_campaign=f571e1369e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_22_08_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_aa1828f784-f571e1369e-519399541

Thursday August 29th, 2019

"The arts have the potential to humanize, enlighten, uplift, and thrill us. That's what Performing Arts did for me...AND in the company of like-minded people ..." - Thelma Rosenblum Blanc, PA '51
#thankfulthursday
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful
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The arts have the potential to humanize, enlighten, uplift, and thrill us. Thats what Performing Arts did for me...AND in the company of like-minded people ... - Thelma Rosenblum Blanc, PA 51
#thankfulthursday 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Friday August 23rd, 2019

Spotted in Paris! Marcus Miller (M&A '76) will be performing at Jazz a la Villette on August 29th. If you are lucky enough to be in the city of light that night, check him out!

en.lavillette.com/programmation/jazz-a-la-villette-2019_e260
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Spotted in Paris! Marcus Miller (M&A 76) will be performing at Jazz a la Villette on August 29th. If you are lucky enough to be in the city of light that night, check him out!

https://en.lavillette.com/programmation/jazz-a-la-villette-2019_e260

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Congratulations Marcus!

Thursday August 22nd, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"It was a progressive & diverse learning space which allowed us as young people to find or express our voice through artistic modalities. It helped me and all of us at a pivotal stage in life. I am forever grateful for how it shaped me and for the connections I made with peers. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity."
– Jill Chatanow Flores (LaG ’89)

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

LaG 89 button made by Arrow Kleeman (LaG '89)
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#thankfulthursday 
It was a progressive & diverse learning space which allowed us as young people to find or express our voice through artistic modalities. It helped me and all of us at a pivotal stage in life. I am forever grateful for how it shaped me and for the connections I made with peers. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity.
– Jill Chatanow Flores (LaG ’89)

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

LaG 89 button made by Arrow Kleeman (LaG 89)

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PA66 agrees Thankyou

M&A ‘67 is right there with you!

Thursday August 15th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"I am most thankful for discovering my love of education. Because of the many dedicated teachers at LaGuardia, I became a public school educator." - Sarah Cohen Spurge (LaG '05)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia (LaG '17)
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#thankfulthursday 
I am most thankful for discovering my love of education. Because of the many dedicated teachers at LaGuardia, I became a public school educator. - Sarah Cohen Spurge (LaG 05) 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia (LaG 17)

Wednesday August 14th, 2019

Catch Li Jun Li (LaG '01) in the new Netflix series "Wu Assassins." Now an actress, Li was accepted to LaGuardia for both art and dance, and chose to spend half a day each day for four years dancing on the 8th Floor at 100 Amsterdam Ave! Read all about how she almost didn't become an actress, and watch the trailer for "Wu Assassins" - available now on Netflix.

charactermedia.com/why-did-wu-assassins-actress-li-jun-li-swear-off-acting-as-a-kid
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Catch Li Jun Li (LaG 01) in the new Netflix series Wu Assassins. Now an actress, Li was accepted to LaGuardia for both art and dance, and chose to spend half a day each day for four years dancing on the 8th Floor at 100 Amsterdam Ave! Read all about how she almost didnt become an actress, and watch the trailer for Wu Assassins - available now on Netflix.

https://charactermedia.com/why-did-wu-assassins-actress-li-jun-li-swear-off-acting-as-a-kid

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Accepted for art and dance? Nice!

Thursday August 8th, 2019

"Music & Art taught me that it's okay, and desirable, to be different and original and unique!"
- Joan Zimmerman Shore, M&A '52 #thankfulthursday

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Audrey Gatta, LaG '19
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Music & Art taught me that its okay, and desirable, to be different and original and unique! 
- Joan Zimmerman Shore, M&A 52   #thankfulthursday  

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Audrey Gatta, LaG 19

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It was a place it was safe to be me! M&A Class 1967

Im M&A 1983 !! I can speak volumes too- but you put it nicely!!

Wednesday August 7th, 2019

On August 20, Ethan Gabriel Riordan (LaG '18) will be performing his original song cycle entitled "Flicker" with special guests, including Micaela Diamond (LaG '17) of the "Cher Show." A rising sophomore at Yale University, Ethan studies composition and performance. Get your tickets to this performance at The Green Room 42 @ The Yotel, 570 10th Ave, thegreenroom42.poptix.com. ... See MoreSee Less

On August 20, Ethan Gabriel Riordan (LaG 18) will be performing his original song cycle entitled Flicker with special guests, including Micaela Diamond (LaG 17) of the Cher Show. A rising sophomore at Yale University, Ethan studies composition and performance. Get your tickets to this performance at The Green Room 42 @ The Yotel, 570 10th Ave, thegreenroom42.poptix.com.

Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Get your tickets to see Victoria Beaudoin (LaG '16), who will be making her professional debut at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 24. Victoria and Joseph Hayes, rising stars of theatre and television, team up in "The New York State of Mind Chronicles," featuring songs from "Grease," "A Chorus Line," "Fugitive Songs" and more. Use the code LAGUARDIA20 for a 20% discount for seating in the main dining area.

54below.com/events/victoria-beaudoin-joseph-hayes/
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Get your tickets to see Victoria Beaudoin (LaG 16), who will be making her professional debut at Feinsteins/54 Below on August 24. Victoria and Joseph Hayes, rising stars of theatre and television, team up in The New York State of Mind Chronicles, featuring songs from Grease, A Chorus Line, Fugitive Songs and more. Use the code LAGUARDIA20 for a 20% discount for seating in the main dining area. 

https://54below.com/events/victoria-beaudoin-joseph-hayes/

Thursday August 1st, 2019

#thankfulthursday
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by members of the LaGuardia H.O.P.E. Club, a student-led community service club, which received a grant from Alumni & Friends to support their efforts.
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#thankfulthursday 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by members of the LaGuardia H.O.P.E. Club, a student-led community service club, which received a grant from Alumni & Friends to support their efforts.

Thursday August 1st, 2019

Catch a sneak peek of the LaGuardia Senior Dancers and the Senior Jazz Band rehearsing for tomorrow's performance of Fosse's "Sing, Sing, Sing" at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! August 2, 2019, 7pm, Damrosch Park - FREE! www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fo... ... See MoreSee Less

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The actual performance, from mid-audience, uncompressed video: drive.google.com/open?id=1pVhZGOk69tcHwJkehnHabIuv0J8xSSQE

Best of luck on this performance. If this is any indication it should be fantastic!

i wish i could go looks great! go LaGuardia!

Wow! Did they do this in our time, Judy-Ann Gray? The dancers, jazz band and New Music Singers...would’ve been incredible!

wish I was near‼️😊

Break a leg.... 1st trumpet player pitch was a little sharp

Friday July 26th, 2019

CALLING ALL BUDDING FASHIONISTAS AGES 9 TO 12!
LaG '89 art alumna Lara Kazan is running MAKE IT! STUDIO, a fashion/sewing summer camp and after school program in Park Slope. www.StudioMakeIt.com

Lara says:
Sign up for MAKE IT! Studio's August 19-23 and/or August 26-30 week of camp and build self-confidence through learning how to engineer and sew your own designs! A skill you will have fun learning and cherish always. We are offering a 15% discount until July 31st.

Make hip clothes, accessories, plushies and plenty more! You will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to make beautiful fashion design boards, and all about sustainable fashion! We supply all the materials, and we limit our classes to 8 kids with a 4 to 1 student-teacher ratio so that everyone gets the thoughtful attention they need.
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CALLING ALL BUDDING FASHIONISTAS AGES 9 TO 12! 
LaG 89 art alumna Lara Kazan is running MAKE IT! STUDIO, a fashion/sewing summer camp and after school program in Park Slope. www.StudioMakeIt.com

Lara says: 
Sign up for MAKE IT! Studios August 19-23 and/or August 26-30 week of camp and build self-confidence through learning how to engineer and sew your own designs!  A skill you will have fun learning and cherish always. We are offering a 15% discount until July 31st. 

Make hip clothes, accessories, plushies and plenty more! You will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to make beautiful fashion design boards, and all about sustainable fashion! We supply all the materials, and we limit our classes to 8 kids with a 4 to 1 student-teacher ratio so that everyone gets the thoughtful attention they need.

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Lara Kazan pls check your pm from me

Iris Cohen Fels

Friday July 26th, 2019

In December 2020 we will see the remake of "West Side Story," starring Ansel Elgort (LaG '12) as Tony, with Adriel Fly Flete (LaG '16) as a Shark and Corey Stoll (LaG '94) as Lieutenant Schrank. How excited are you?
www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7280727/Ansel-Elgort-seen-time-Tony-set-Steven-Spielbergs-W...

Ansel Elgort seen for first time as Tony on the set of West Side Story
The 25-year-old Baby Driver star plays the leading man in Steven Spielberg's remake of the hit Broadway classic, and seemed in high spirits as he made his way around the set in New York.
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This is great... fantastic to see our alumni in such an iconic piece. While I didn't see "Tony" or the others (wouldn't know them if we bumped on the street) I did get to see some of the filming. Last weekend the production blocked off St. Nicholas Ave from 145th to 141st St in Harlem. My church is on the corner of 141st St. They shipped in vintage period cars and buses and transformed a vacant lot to a construction site for a 1958 High Rise. I look forward to seeing this. M&A/LaG Forever!!

Thrilled! A wonderful actor and Former student of a terrific school!!

this is so fantastic 💕💕

I cannot wait!!

Can’t wait !!!!

Thursday July 25th, 2019

#thankfulthursday We are thankful for our amazing students and to our donors who help us support students like Chloe Chen, LaG '19, who received an Alumni & Friends Grant to study at the School of Visual Arts over the 2018 summer. Chloe received both the M&A Class of '54 Award and M&A Class of '63 Award. Chloe will be attending Cornell in the fall.

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
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#thankfulthursday  We are thankful for our amazing students and to our donors who help us support students like Chloe Chen, LaG 19, who received an Alumni & Friends Grant to study at the School of Visual Arts over the 2018 summer. Chloe received both the M&A Class of 54 Award and M&A Class of  63 Award. Chloe will be attending Cornell in the fall.
 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education: https://alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

Monday July 22nd, 2019

LaGuardia students will be performing August 2 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Dancing to Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece "Sing, Sing, Sing!" with live music by the LaGuardia Jazz Band! FREE, 7pm at Damrosch Park.

The dance performance will be followed by a rare screening of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning "Liza with a Z." Capturing a one-woman, one-night-only production Minnelli gave at the Lyceum Theater in 1972, directed by Bob Fosse, costumed by Halston, with songs by Kander & Ebb.
www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fo...
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LaGuardia students will be performing August 2 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Dancing to Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece Sing, Sing, Sing! with live music by the LaGuardia Jazz Band! FREE, 7pm at Damrosch Park. 

The dance performance will be followed by a rare screening of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning Liza with a Z. Capturing a one-woman, one-night-only production Minnelli gave at the Lyceum Theater in 1972, directed by Bob Fosse, costumed by Halston, with songs by Kander & Ebb. 
http://www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fosse-legacy

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Wish I could be there

Wish I could be there

Let me check my schedule. Looks amazing

Sure, I can do this. This is a gorgeous piece.

I sent this to you.... it’s a Friday.. won’t make it

WE MUST ATTEND!!! Lori Colon Ivy Navarro Mariana Bekerman-Taglienti

Zoe Schneider Emma Granna Frank Zagottis Danielle Beckmann Rachel Vine Samm Cohen Colleen Jasinski Pietro G Berzolla Peter Slatin Samora Free Mark L Mann Henry Rudolph Stephanie Bryant Luisa Tedoff Cohen Efren Olivares Jane Geller Ron Longe You can PM me...

Thursday July 18th, 2019

"It wasn’t just a free public high school arts education. LaGuardia taught me to be human, to love people regardless of race, socioeconomics, religion etc. because we all spoke the same artistic language and it was an experience like no other. I was zoned for a school where bullying and drugs were prevalent and being the 'weird' performer in middle school I dreamt of a way out and into a world where everyone was a dreamer. Thank you LaGuardia."
– Suzanne Adelman Eldridge, LaG ’92 #thankfulthursday

Why are YOU thankful for your FREE arts high school experience? Please share! alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

(Artwork by LaG '18 alumna Athena Capo-Battaglia)
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It wasn’t just a free public high school arts education. LaGuardia taught me to be human, to love people regardless of race, socioeconomics, religion etc. because we all spoke the same artistic language and it was an experience like no other. I was zoned for a school where bullying and drugs were prevalent and being the weird performer in middle school I dreamt of a way out and into a world where everyone was a dreamer. Thank you LaGuardia.
– Suzanne Adelman Eldridge, LaG ’92  #thankfulthursday  

Why are YOU thankful for your FREE arts high school experience? Please share! https://alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

(Artwork by LaG 18 alumna Athena Capo-Battaglia)

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I am grateful to have been admitted to Music & Art where every day we were affirmed by our teachers and fellow students! I never knew I was talented or special until it was affirmed by M&A. Even afterward I lost touch with my skill until our 30th reunion when Mr. Kosakoff said to us, “Just the fact that you were admitted to M&A proved you had talent!” I know I still got it...but I keep forgetting.

And thank you for same values at Performing Arts. The precursor of LaGuardia. PA music sept. 1958

I'm thankful for Athena. She's amazing!!

Tuesday July 16th, 2019

Shout out to LaG/PA '87 alumna Cecil Castellucci whose new graphic novel memoir "Girl on Film" will be released November 2019! Castellucci is an award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer and tells us that many parts of her book take place in the old PA building and LaGuardia.
www.shelf-awareness.com/dedicated-issue.html?issue=48#m287
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Shout out to LaG/PA 87 alumna Cecil Castellucci whose new graphic novel memoir Girl on Film will be released November 2019! Castellucci is an award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer and tells us that many parts of her book take place in the old PA building and LaGuardia. 
https://www.shelf-awareness.com/dedicated-issue.html?issue=48#m287

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Good for you Miss Cecil. ....

So cool!!

Monday July 15th, 2019

Please read this wonderful note from our Interim Acting LaGuardia principal, Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos:

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, Guardians, Alumni, and Friends,

It is with great honor and privilege that I greet you as the Interim Acting Principal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts.

I began my career in the New York City public schools as the Music Director of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. I quickly scaled up my vision of excellence for the music department, and began to oversee all aspects of administration and supervision as Assistant Principal. In 2016, I became the Principal of Talent Unlimited High School, and further leveraged my networks in education, the arts, and academia. My academic history includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Music from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from New York University. I was also fortunate to participate in further studies in music and pedagogy at Temple, Princeton, Duquesne, and Rider Universities.

As a child, I demonstrated a penchant for observing and engaging with musical elements. While my cousins took turns sewing patterns on grandma’s Singer machine, I listened intently to the rhythmic undulation of the stitches. While my older siblings received corrections on their posture and wrist shape during their lessons, I sat under the piano eagerly awaiting the melodies about to take shape. When my father casually hummed folk songs, I would run to the mysterious black and white keys to decipher the pitches. My mother noticed, and didn’t take no for an answer when she was told by the piano teacher I was too young. I started my formal music training, but more importantly, learned a lesson in relentlessly tapping into a potential.

When my high school band director (the inspiration for J. K. Simmons’ character in Whiplash) introduced me to the trombone, music transformed from an independent pursuit to a collaborative experience. Throughout college, graduate school, and my early career I maintained musical studies and penned quite a few essays extolling performing arts as the fuel for learning: the persistence and self-reflection from practicing challenging passages; the patience and open-mindedness from rehearsing with diverse perspectives; the precision and attention from analyzing patterns, I concluded, was the perfect vehicle for teaching inquiry.

My work as the principal of a performing arts school has demonstrated the power of arts education. As a musician, I am blessed to have experienced the intimate processes of actors, dancers, and visual artists. I was invited to engage in collaborative projects across the arts, making unequivocal statements about identity, equity, and social justice. Through the arts, we communicate in the most human way possible – by sharing experiences and soliciting emotional responses. When the arts become limited, so become our voices. LaGuardia stands for education in the arts, and in turn, for the voices of our students. I am committed to ensuring that arts education – education focusing on human interactions – is always at the core of our work.

I am excited to have begun conversations with faculty and staff, students, parents and guardians, alumni, and partners, who have generously shared their time, experience, and expertise. I thank Executive Superintendent Rosales and Superintendent Orlen for their support as we work together in this incredible community of intergenerational stakeholders.

I look forward to us sharing with each other our belief in the power of the arts, education, and arts education. Along the way, we will reflect, revel, and revise to protect the integrity of our mission at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts.

Best,
Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos
Principal I.A.

Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos
Principal I.A.
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
100 Amsterdam Ave, New York New York 10023
T(212)496-0700 F(212)724-5748
www.laguardiahs.org
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Please read this wonderful note from our Interim Acting LaGuardia principal, Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos:

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, Guardians, Alumni, and Friends, 

It is with great honor and privilege that I greet you as the Interim Acting Principal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. 

I began my career in the New York City public schools as the Music Director of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. I quickly scaled up my vision of excellence for the music department, and began to oversee all aspects of administration and supervision as Assistant Principal. In 2016, I became the Principal of Talent Unlimited High School, and further leveraged my networks in education, the arts, and academia. My academic history includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Music from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from New York University. I was also fortunate to participate in further studies in music and pedagogy at Temple, Princeton, Duquesne, and Rider Universities.

As a child, I demonstrated a penchant for observing and engaging with musical elements. While my cousins took turns sewing patterns on grandma’s Singer machine, I listened intently to the rhythmic undulation of the stitches. While my older siblings received corrections on their posture and wrist shape during their lessons, I sat under the piano eagerly awaiting the melodies about to take shape. When my father casually hummed folk songs, I would run to the mysterious black and white keys to decipher the pitches. My mother noticed, and didn’t take no for an answer when she was told by the piano teacher I was too young. I started my formal music training, but more importantly, learned a lesson in relentlessly tapping into a potential.

When my high school band director (the inspiration for J. K. Simmons’ character in Whiplash) introduced me to the trombone, music transformed from an independent pursuit to a collaborative experience. Throughout college, graduate school, and my early career I maintained musical studies and penned quite a few essays extolling performing arts as the fuel for learning: the persistence and self-reflection from practicing challenging passages; the patience and open-mindedness from rehearsing with diverse perspectives; the precision and attention from analyzing patterns, I concluded, was the perfect vehicle for teaching inquiry.

My work as the principal of a performing arts school has demonstrated the power of arts education. As a musician, I am blessed to have experienced the intimate processes of actors, dancers, and visual artists. I was invited to engage in collaborative projects across the arts, making unequivocal statements about identity, equity, and social justice. Through the arts, we communicate in the most human way possible – by sharing experiences and soliciting emotional responses. When the arts become limited, so become our voices. LaGuardia stands for education in the arts, and in turn, for the voices of our students. I am committed to ensuring that arts education – education focusing on human interactions – is always at the core of our work.

I am excited to have begun conversations with faculty and staff, students, parents and guardians, alumni, and partners, who have generously shared their time, experience, and expertise. I thank Executive Superintendent Rosales and Superintendent Orlen for their support as we work together in this incredible community of intergenerational stakeholders. 

I look forward to us sharing with each other our belief in the power of the arts, education, and arts education. Along the way, we will reflect, revel, and revise to protect the integrity of our mission at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. 

Best,
Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos
Principal I.A.

Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos 
Principal I.A.
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
100 Amsterdam Ave, New York New York 10023
T(212)496-0700 F(212)724-5748
www.laguardiahs.org

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I am happy and hopeful that LaGuardia will thrive and be the best school that I remember. Welcome to the new I.A. principal. I hope to meet with you in the future M&A class of '84 (music)

Welcome! Very excited to keep the amazing vision of our school alive!

The Alumni of the Class of 1985 - 1st Graduating class from the New School - extends a warm welcome to you! Wishing you success in your tenure at Laguardia! Keep their dreams alive!

Class of 1984, the last graduating class from the Castle on the Hill, wishes you the best of luck in your new endeavor.

“The Best of Both Worlds” AKA Class of 1986 wishes you a warm hearted welcome!

Merrill (Weinheim) Kramer M&A '66. Best of luck and thank you for keeping our special legacy alive and thriving! It's truly a gem.

Yep, she gets it, and I believe her commitment to educational excellence through the arts as the primary vehicle. Good job on getting great principal everyone.

Welcome, and wishing you and LaGuardia all the best! Greta Berman, M and A class of 1961. Was a music major in h.s. But got my PH. D in art history, and am about to start my 42nd year teaching art history at Juilliard - right down the block from you!

We welcome you and look forward to you upholding and reinstating the standard of the Arts that we the graduates were allowed and led to learn, grow, exspand, create and enjoy. This school it's teachers, faculty and students are special. Please take care to continue the love, the life, and the pure joy that the Arts bring to us all.

Breathing a sigh of relief and wishing you all the best from this alumni, Class of ‘71 who lives right down the block!

Welcome. Love our kids! That's all we ask.

Welcome! Your message and tone give me hope for the future of LaG. As a '98 visual arts major that is now a student affairs educator and administrator in higher ed, I appreciate your blending of focus on mission, education, and the student experience, all of which were so unique and formative at LaG. Best of luck!

Thankyou and good luck Class of 1966😊

Come on in the room ! Have a blast and keep our legacy alive ❤️

Welcome to your new opportunity to further education with the amazing power & benefits of the arts. As a 71 alumni who has made my home in Bloomington, Indiana (home to the largest & one of the finest comprehensive music schools in the world), I have followed the highs and lows of LaGuardia High School all along. Your message is encouraging with the hopes of saving the rich culture LaGuardia High School and helping it achieve new heights.

We'll miss you!

Amen!!!!! Music clas of ‘64

Excellent letter. Tom Reingold, Voice 1978

Class of 1984, welcomes you. Good luck

Quite a resume. And a trombonist!

Brava. Voice alum class of 62 M&A .....

M&A 84, welcome!

WELCOME !

Welcome!

The power of arts, education and arts education... A minority female...hmmm Gonna pray for her!

Friday July 12th, 2019

Shout out to LaG '18 alum Evan Dominguez, who is directing Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" at Sanctuary Theater at St. Johns Lutheran Church (81 Christopher Street, NY) August 8-11 and 15-18. Evan was a recipient of an Alumni & Friends summer study grant as well as the recipient of the Alumni & Friends Graduation Award for an outstanding student in the drama department. He also received the Actor’s Equity Foundation Award in 2018.

Tickets are $15 and are available at adollshouse.brownpapertickets.com.

The cast is comprised of graduate, current and soon-to-be students of the Neighborhood Playhouse. This process grew over the course of our first year at the conservatory and gradually came together as more playhouse friends joined the company.
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Shout out to LaG 18 alum Evan Dominguez, who is directing Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House at Sanctuary Theater at St. Johns Lutheran Church (81 Christopher Street, NY) August 8-11 and 15-18. Evan was a recipient of an Alumni & Friends summer study grant as well as the recipient of the Alumni & Friends Graduation Award for an outstanding student in the drama department. He also received the Actor’s Equity Foundation Award in 2018.

Tickets are $15 and are available at adollshouse.brownpapertickets.com. 

The cast is comprised of graduate, current and soon-to-be students of the Neighborhood Playhouse. This process grew over the course of our first year at the conservatory and gradually came together as more playhouse friends joined the company.

Friday July 12th, 2019

Hooray for LaG '16 dance alum Dharon Jones, who will be making his Broadway Debut as Action in the 2020 revival of "West Side Story!" Dharon was a recipient of an Alumni & Friends summer study scholarship and the Father Fame Graduation Award, courtesy of "Father Fame" David de Silva.
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Hooray for LaG 16 dance alum Dharon Jones, who will be making his Broadway Debut as Action in the 2020 revival of West Side Story! Dharon was a recipient of an Alumni & Friends summer study scholarship and the Father Fame Graduation Award, courtesy of Father Fame David de Silva. 
http://www.playbill.com/article/isaac-powell-shereen-pimentel-more-set-for-west-side-story-broadway-revival

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Congratulations and blessings

So awesome! Congrats!

So happy for you son!

Congratulations@

Congratulations!!!

Congrats Cuz

Way to Go Dharon!!! Congratulations Barbara Bern-Glus PA 1972

Congratulations

I told you not to forget the little people when you’re famous! Hahaha. Always knew you would make. You are amazingly talented xo

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Congrats!!

He's such a great young man!

Congrats from M&A-er '69

Outstanding!!! ❤️❤️

unreal. Congrats Dharon!!!! 🎊🎊🎊

Bravo!!

Congratulations, Dharon!!!!!

Way to go Dharon!❤️

Wow!!

Thursday July 11th, 2019

If you're in Tokyo, check out LaG '90 alum Yoichiro Yoda's exhibit "Art Day by Day: 50 Years of the Yoda Family in New York." Through September 8, 2019 at Mitaka Gallery of Art: mitaka-sportsandculture.or.jp/gallery/event/20190629/ ... See MoreSee Less

If youre in Tokyo, check out LaG 90 alum Yoichiro Yodas exhibit Art Day by Day: 50 Years of the Yoda Family in New York. Through September 8, 2019 at Mitaka Gallery of Art: http://mitaka-sportsandculture.or.jp/gallery/event/20190629/

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Thursday July 11th, 2019

Today is "Thankful Thursday!" We are so appreciative of our amazing students, alumni, and supporters and want to share gratitude. Please read this wonderful note by Lorna Courtney, LaG '16 vocal major, the recipient of numerous Alumni & Friends scholarships and awards that helped her on her path to BROADWAY! Lorna will be making her Broadway debut in "Dear Evan Hansen" as Alana, this Saturday, July 13th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at dearevanhansen.com/tickets#broadway. Standing room tickets are also available same day. #thankfulthursday ... See MoreSee Less

Today is Thankful Thursday! We are so appreciative of our amazing students, alumni, and supporters and want to share gratitude. Please read this wonderful note by Lorna Courtney, LaG 16 vocal major, the recipient of numerous Alumni & Friends scholarships and awards that helped her on her path to BROADWAY! Lorna will be making her Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen as Alana, this Saturday, July 13th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at https://dearevanhansen.com/tickets#broadway. Standing room tickets are also available same day. #thankfulthursday

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I just saw her last week! She was FANTASTIC!! #LaG4Life

Beautiful.

Tuesday July 9th, 2019

For those in the Oakland, CA area, LaG alumni from 1989 and 1990 are planning a reunion for all alumni from LaGuardia, M&A, and PA on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The day consists of a 2:30pm hike to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland (chabotspace.org/) from the Joaquin Miller Playground, followed by drinks at Ale Industries (aleindustries.com) from 5-8pm. All alumni are welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

For those in the Oakland, CA area, LaG alumni from 1989 and 1990 are planning a reunion for all alumni from LaGuardia, M&A, and PA on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The day consists of a 2:30pm hike to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland (chabotspace.org/) from the Joaquin Miller Playground, followed by drinks at Ale Industries (aleindustries.com) from 5-8pm. All alumni are welcome!

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Wow. I graduated in 1986 and I live in Oakland.

I’m an alum too- class of 1964. Didn’t know you were. What did you major in?

See you all there!

Ummm •looking beyond Mars? •!

Tuesday July 9th, 2019

This morning Superintendent Vivian Orlen introduced us to Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos, LaGuardia's new interim acting principal, and we are all extremely excited to welcome her to our amazing community of artists!
She shares a passion for the arts, with a Master's in Educational Leadership from NYU and a Master's in Music and Music Education from Columbia University. Ms. Vasconcelos began her DOE career as Music Director at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where she served in various roles for 10 years. She has served as principal of Talented Unlimited High School since 2015-16. (She's already sporting the LaGuardia tote bag that Alumni & Friends distributed at the 2019 alumni reunion, designed by LaG '89 alum Rithy Chan.)
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This morning Superintendent Vivian Orlen introduced us to Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos, LaGuardias new interim acting principal, and we are all extremely excited to welcome her to our amazing community of artists!
She shares a passion for the arts, with a Masters in Educational Leadership from NYU and a Masters in Music and Music Education from Columbia University. Ms. Vasconcelos began her DOE career as Music Director at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where she served in various roles for 10 years. She has served as principal of Talented Unlimited High School since 2015-16. (Shes already sporting the LaGuardia tote bag that Alumni & Friends distributed at the 2019 alumni reunion, designed by LaG 89 alum Rithy Chan.)

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Wonderful meet and greet this morning! Lots of positivity! Love that she is so approachable! Excited for her vibrant energy to restore and reboot our school!

Largely thanks to the integrity and dignified activism of the students, our beloved School moves forward. I am reminded of M&A’s school song which begins “Now Upward in Wonder.” And sadly, though M&A 51 alumnus Martin Charnin has just died, he left us with “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” and indeed it feels that way for LaGuardia!

Cheers to this great news!!!!!

Wonderful news

Sounds really promising! 👏🏼👏🏼

Yay!

Monday July 8th, 2019

Happy summer to everyone! If you did not receive the recent Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter on July 3 that means we do not have your email address in our alumni database! Please make sure to sign up here so you don't miss important information about alumni events, school performances and exhibits, and so much more! alumniandfriends.org/connect ... See MoreSee Less

Happy summer to everyone! If you did not receive the recent Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter on July 3 that means we do not have your email address in our alumni database! Please make sure to sign up here so you dont miss important information about alumni events, school performances and exhibits, and so much more! https://alumniandfriends.org/connect

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I come from the class of PA 58. I think you should invite alumni from the first 10 years from PA every year. We are the most senior of the group and you never know 🙏🏻

I was in the 1st year of PA.It" SAVED THE DAY"! I won the" Drama Award" (from Metropolitan Vocation H.S)...46th St. was MY HOME!

Monday July 8th, 2019

Congratulations to LaGuardia Class of 2019! What an amazing graduation and spirited end of the year! We are so proud of the class of 2019 for being strong and effective leaders and making sure their voices were heard.
Read our Alumni Summer Highlights E-Newsletter to see reunion photos and get updates on what's been happening at LaGuardia, including leadership changes and more!
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Congratulations to LaGuardia Class of 2019! What an amazing graduation and spirited end of the year! We are so proud of the class of 2019 for being strong and effective leaders and making sure their voices were heard. 
Read our Alumni Summer Highlights E-Newsletter to see reunion photos and get updates on whats been happening at LaGuardia, including leadership changes and more! 
https://conta.cc/2Jkc258

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I am a proud mom of a class of 2019 graduate! I’m M&A class of 81!

Glad to find the group! I have not in been back to the NY metro area since 1990. I am an M&A Castle grad of 1974! I had great experiences and education there. Music has always been part of me and hopefully always will be!🎼

Friday June 21st, 2019

Tonight! June 21 at 7pm the LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band will be performing for the Make Music New York celebration with Gail Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, at Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street and East End Avenue (use the 84th or 87th St. entrance for wheelchair access) FREE.
www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/event/make-music-new-york
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Tonight! June 21 at 7pm the LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band will be performing for the Make Music New York celebration with Gail Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, at Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street and East End Avenue (use the 84th or 87th St. entrance for wheelchair access) FREE.
https://www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/event/make-music-new-york

Thursday June 20th, 2019

The LaGuardia Dance Ensemble will be performing this Friday, June 21 at Bryant Park at 6pm! Free and no tickets necessary! Choreography by Tommy Tibball, Thomas Hogan and Darrell Grand Moultrie.
Four dance companies will be performing.
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/06/21/contemporary-dance
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The LaGuardia Dance Ensemble will be performing this Friday, June 21 at Bryant Park at 6pm! Free and no tickets necessary! Choreography by Tommy Tibball, Thomas Hogan and Darrell Grand Moultrie. 
Four dance companies will be performing.
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/06/21/contemporary-dance

Monday June 17th, 2019

Check out M&A '71 alum Lloyd Green's books about M&A: 'AUDITION STORIES – I Got Accepted To The High School of Music and Art' - www.amazon.com/dp/1717870171

"Regardless of the year, every student had to go through THE AUDITION in order to be accepted. These are the stories from alumni who experienced the anxiety of being tested and soon found that that glorious feeling of getting in was only the beginning."

And 'PRECIOUS MEMORIES – Audition Stories and More From The High School of Music and Art.'
In Kindle and Paperback (Black & White or Full Color)
www.amazon.com/dp/1092215298
www.amazon.com/dp/1092783881

"Again, The Castle beckons. Book Two of Audition Stories - More talented students reminisce and share their experiences. Filled with anxiety and joy from those who dreamed of becoming part of a very special place."
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Check out M&A 71 alum Lloyd Greens books about M&A: AUDITION STORIES – I Got Accepted To The High School of Music and Art - www.amazon.com/dp/1717870171

 Regardless of the year, every student had to go through THE AUDITION in order to be accepted. These are the stories from alumni who experienced the anxiety of being tested and soon found that that glorious feeling of getting in was only the beginning.

And PRECIOUS MEMORIES – Audition Stories and More From The High School of Music and Art. 
In Kindle and Paperback (Black & White or Full Color)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092215298
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092783881

Again, The Castle beckons. Book Two of Audition Stories - More talented students reminisce and share their experiences. Filled with anxiety and joy from those who dreamed of becoming part of a very special place.

Monday June 17th, 2019

This Saturday, June 22 at 2pm catch the amazing LaGuardia New Music Ensemble at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (196 Allen Street). Showtime is 2pm, doors at 1:30pm. All ages invited. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. It'll be a great show! www.eventbrite.com/e/laguardia-high-school-new-music-ensemble-tickets-61177951901 ... See MoreSee Less

This Saturday, June 22 at 2pm catch the amazing LaGuardia New Music Ensemble at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (196 Allen Street). Showtime is 2pm, doors at 1:30pm. All ages invited. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Itll be a great show! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/laguardia-high-school-new-music-ensemble-tickets-61177951901

Monday June 17th, 2019

The school year is almost over but there are many great events featuring LaGuardia students!

Sing4PR is a benefit concert featuring the voices of NYC's LaGuardia High School and all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Teens4PR, to be channeled directly towards hurricane relief and reconstruction in Puerto Rico.

Organized by Teens4PR volunteer and LaGuardia student, Gabriela Veciana (LaG '20), the event will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W. 42nd St on June 23, 6-8pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available both online and at the door: web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10419096
There is an additional $20 food/beverage minimum.
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The school year is almost over but there are many great events featuring LaGuardia students!

Sing4PR is a benefit concert featuring the voices of NYCs LaGuardia High School and all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Teens4PR, to be channeled directly towards hurricane relief and reconstruction in Puerto Rico. 

Organized by Teens4PR volunteer and LaGuardia student, Gabriela Veciana (LaG 20), the event will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W. 42nd St on June 23, 6-8pm. 

Tickets are $20 and are available both online and at the door: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10419096
There is an additional $20 food/beverage minimum.

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Friday June 14th, 2019

Today we had our end of year award ceremonies for all studio departments at LaGuardia (art, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, and technical theater). Congratulations to over 200 LaGuardia students who were recipients of 2019 Alumni & Friends' monetary awards, established by generous alumni (and friends) to honor the students' hard work and dedication to their craft.

See how your tax-deductible contributions to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia are helping make a difference for LaGuardia's current students! Please consider a donation to Alumni & Friends: alumniandfriends.org/give/annual-fund/ Thank you!
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Today we had our end of year award ceremonies for all studio departments at LaGuardia (art, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, and technical theater). Congratulations to over 200 LaGuardia students who were recipients of 2019 Alumni & Friends monetary awards, established by generous alumni (and friends) to honor the students hard work and dedication to their craft. 

See how your tax-deductible contributions to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia are helping make a difference for LaGuardias current students! Please consider a donation to Alumni & Friends: https://alumniandfriends.org/give/annual-fund/ Thank you!

Tuesday June 11th, 2019

Don't miss your reunion and other great alumni events! If you do NOT currently receive emails from Alumni & Friends that means you are not up to date in the alumni database. Please fill out our alumni contact form: alumniandfriends.org/connect and hope to see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont miss your reunion and other great alumni events! If you do NOT currently receive emails from Alumni & Friends that means you are not up to date in the alumni database. Please fill out our alumni contact form: https://alumniandfriends.org/connect and hope to see you soon!

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Alumni Forever🎼🥀🎨🎭💚

Tuesday June 11th, 2019

Don't miss your reunion and other great alumni events! If you do NOT currently receive emails from Alumni & Friends that means you are not up to date in the alumni database. Please fill out our alumni contact form: alumniandfriends.org/connect and hope to see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont miss your reunion and other great alumni events! If you do NOT currently receive emails from Alumni & Friends that means you are not up to date in the alumni database. Please fill out our alumni contact form: https://alumniandfriends.org/connect and hope to see you soon!

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youtu.be/NqUe3M9TxWk A joyous celebratory birthday month of June to all the amazing young artists, and faculty . past present and future at the world renown Laguardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts in NYC

Tuesday June 11th, 2019

THIS is how we welcome our alumni at the Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts reunion!
The Senior Jazz band performed for 2 hours and could be heard as far as Broadway and all the way up to 69th Street. Wow is right!
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Looking forward to going to the reunion for my graduating class 🎉🎉

Wish I was there dancing up a storm!!! And of course....Great Jazz Band!!!🎷⭐️🎸💎

Awesome job guys!! Love the couples joining in to dance!

One of the most vivid and enduring memories i I have of my days at M&A (class of ‘67) was music everywhere.... and the smell of linseed oil.... to this day if I go into the studio to paint the first thing I do is turn on some music.... very rarely do I use linseed oil anymore, as I paint almost exclusively with watercolor or acrylics, but I keep a bottle of it around and open it now and then.... music & linseed oil the sound and smell of creativity!

LOVE LaGuardia Arts ❤️

Looking forward to going.

They sound fantastic!!

👍 LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band.

Beautiful 🎶

Love this

Sweet!

How do we find out about reunions?

Anyone there from 1976?

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Friday June 7th, 2019

Enjoy this 13-minute video from about 20 years ago, showing "The Magic of LaGuardia," which of course means the magic of the high schools of Performing Arts and Music & Art!
Maybe you'll recognize some of your teachers and classmates!

vimeo.com/59510419?fbclid=IwAR3MEGHbRE2hnn-OhANFtpUdxYCSnYJ1ntvYPV2nhGd9DyNhSNzfk973w4gThis is "Magic of LaGuardia Thirteen Minutes" by LaGuardia on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Thank you for sharing this. And supporting the school. I truly didn't realize how precious my time spent there was. At 72 I'm still a practicing sculptor and architect. Please continue the good work. Alan Binstock M&A 64.

The magic of bringing these kids together to weave their dreams into art is profound.... as a graduate of M&A, this is the way it was, is, and hopefully will always be....

This is a wonderful video and truthful portrayal of the LaGuardia experience. Most of all how studying any of the arts is a life-long enriching experience. I am a graduate of Music & Art, music major, became a dancer, painter, playwright, author and storyteller, all because of my life at Music & Art.

This video, produced 22 years ago, captures the spirit, passion and talent of the students that were fortunate to attend LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. It brings back so many memories. I absolutely loved my high school experience. 💖 Class of '72!

Class of 1987 (but left in 1986) — got to move to LaGuardia from Times Square my sophomore year. I’m not a dancer anymore but I’m an academic working in dance philosophy.

What a great video. Way back in the Class of ‘63 we sang in the subway on our way from M&A! Wonderful memories!!

Class of 98... amazing experience. Thanks for sharing 🙂

I remember singing on the subway like these kids! Hasn't changed much! Wonderful short film. So proud to be an alum of M&A/LaGuardia😊

Ahh! I began my freshman year in 2001, and I remember this from the old website!

I'm so proud to have been a part of this magic at Music & Art!

Wow, seemed like a lifetime ago, only when I watched it, these kids became so vivid in my memory as if this was very recent. So much talent, so much passion. It would be great to see where these people are now.

Class of '77. Looking back, the hour plus commute was worth every moment, now memories of my time at M&A. It's great seeing that creative spirit thriving.

Those four years at M&A were precious! Class of ‘75

Class of 97 ...amazing and magical it was

Aw! Great memories!!! Class of ‘90🎶

The current principal should watch this. She seems to have forgotten.

Class of 1980 #FAME the best 4 yrs of my life.

Excellent video! I started in 2001 and this is exactly how I remember LaG. I wonder if the spirit and atmosphere there is still like this nowadays.

Vicky Golbraykh amazing! So many great memories! And I actually saw my face 😃

Nothing but great memories except when I would pass out on the D train and wake up in Coney Island. Class of ‘96.

Omg, my graduating class of 98. I recognized so many people! This is exactly LaGuardia I remember. Thank you for sharing! Julia Guberman Anastassiya Nova Marina Mazin Dmitry Angelinka Veronica Bakhrakh Julia Ch I saw you and many others I can’t tag!!!

My bus/ferry/train commute was worth it everyday of the four years I spent at LAG. I’m so happy that I can say I’m in this video ❤️ Class of 1997

Aw man, this is beautiful, these were my classmates. Danny Agostini Dennis Bell

Class of 89! Wow...Mr Moody does not age....I'll have what he's having!

Class of 98!!! What a feeling to watch this 🙏

Friday June 7th, 2019

Reunion weekend begins today! We are so excited to see our alumni and celebrate our amazing schools!
On Saturday, please try to arrive between 1 and 2pm so you have a chance to see and hear live music as you enter the building, view amazing art on display throughout the school, and enjoy the 2-3pm dance and drama showcase in the Little Flower Theater!

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Reunion weekend begins today! We are so excited to see our alumni and celebrate our amazing schools!  
On Saturday, please try to arrive between 1 and 2pm so you have a chance to see and hear live music as you enter the building, view amazing art on display throughout the school, and enjoy the 2-3pm dance and drama showcase in the Little Flower Theater! 

https://alumniandfriends.org/reunions/

Tuesday June 4th, 2019

Show your love of the arts and LaGuardia artists at the Semi Annual art opening on Friday, June 7 from 4:15-7pm! Artwork will be displayed in the lobby, mezzanine, 2nd floor gallery, and 7th floor showcases! Suggested donation of $5 for students/$15 adults.
Free light refreshments served.
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Show your love of the arts and LaGuardia artists at the Semi Annual art opening on Friday, June 7 from 4:15-7pm! Artwork will be displayed in the lobby, mezzanine, 2nd floor gallery, and 7th floor showcases! Suggested donation of $5 for students/$15 adults. 
Free light refreshments served.

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There will also be a raffle with amazing prizes and live art experiences -you can get your portrait drawn by a talented LaGuardia student and purchase student made jewelry. All proceeds benefit the LaGuardia art department.

Tuesday June 4th, 2019

A great way to show support for LaGuardia students is to attend a performance and see an exhibit!
This weekend 700 alumni will be coming back to LaGuardia for our annual alumni reunion! And you can see the Semi-Annual Orchestra and Choral Concert both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm. Over 350 alumni have already purchased tickets to Saturday's concert!
The major work for the Semi-Annual is Elgar’s "The Music Makers."
Senior Chorus will perform works by Samuel Barber, Eric Whitacre, and Levente Gyöngyösi.

Tickets are available online and at the door: laguardiahs.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=699
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A great way to show support for LaGuardia students is to attend a performance and see an exhibit! 
This weekend 700 alumni will be coming back to LaGuardia for our annual alumni reunion! And you can see the Semi-Annual Orchestra and Choral Concert both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm. Over 350 alumni have already purchased tickets to Saturdays concert! 
The major work for the Semi-Annual is Elgar’s The Music Makers.
Senior Chorus will perform works by Samuel Barber, Eric Whitacre, and Levente Gyöngyösi.

Tickets are available online and at the door: https://laguardiahs.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=699