Our Vision, Values and History
The Center for Young Musicians develops a community of students with exceptional ability, refined characters, and a life-long love of music through a comprehensive, long-term curriculum emphasizing an early-start, an expert faculty, a dynamic support staff, and a mutual commitment between the families and the school.
The experiences available to our students are unmatched in their motivational and nurturing effects. Instrumentalists as young as five-years-old have been selected to perform at prestigious events, including Opening Night for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. Frequent performances are a key element of the curriculum, and develop polished and poised musicians. Furthermore, the positive feedback received from their audience keeps our students inspired and motivated to further refine their craft.
An Expert Faculty
The highly experienced faculty embraces methods and philosophies that encourage family involvement, using positive reinforcement to help students achieve. Over the course of many years, we have developed a comprehensive musicianship and performance program with input from each of our faculty members. Goals and evaluative methods are consistent from instructor to instructor.
CYM’s instructors have achieved high levels of education and accomplishment. Each has a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education, and a Master’s degree is the norm. Our instructors have demonstrated a unique understanding of the music-learning sequence appropriate for young musicians. Continued education and certification are top priorities.
Incorporated as CYM and established at 120 Lake Drive
Moved classes from YMCA and Northland Library to newly renovated classroom space.
Initiated Community Outreach Program.
Student’s performance televised on KDKA Children’s Hospital Telethon.
2000 & 2001
Students featured at PSO Season Opening Night concert.
Gerald McGinnis and wife Audrey endowed the PSO’s Fiddlesticks Program in honor of CYM.
Purchased 1971 Concert Grand Steinway Piano from the PSO, the piano featured on opening night in Heinz Hall.
Collaborated with the PITTSBURGH CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and composer BURKHARDT REITER in composing and performing a chamber music piece for CYM’s advanced violinists.
Performed the National Anthem at PNC Park before a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
CYM’s advanced violinists performed as group soloists with the Pittsburgh Symphony at a Fiddlesticks concert, playing Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach.
CYM’s advanced violinists performed as group soloists with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Watson Institute’s Casually Classic, playing Violin Concerto in a, by Antonio Vivaldi.
CYM opens it second site at 434 Beaver Street in Sewickley.
A group of six CYM students perform at the Holiday Open House during the Christmas Holidays at the White House, Washington, DC. [ STORY ]
CYM returns to the White House with a group of fourteen students to perform during the Christmas Holidays. [ STORY ]
CYM travels to Washington D.C. for a third time in as many years to entertain White House staff and their families at Christmastime. [ STORY ]
CYM violinists represented CYM at the October 30th Fiddlesticks Concert presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
CYM Shadyside is established at Winchester Thurston School’s City Campus, Shadyside.
CYM Sewickley renovation completed at 437 Beaver Street.
CYM partnership with Fox Chapel Country Day School begins.
CYM partnership with Montessori Children’s Community in Sewickley established.
CYM partnership with Laurie Ann West Community Center in Fox Chapel begins.
CYM expands the city site to include First Unitarian Church at 605 Morewood Avenue.