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CYM Returns to the White House

December 1, 2007

On Friday November 30th, fourteen students from the Center for Young Musicians journeyed to Washington D.C. as opening day performers for the annual White House Holiday Open House. Culminating weeks of strenuous practice and years of study, the musicians, averaging only eleven years in age, played one and half hours of rehearsed Christmas music on December 1st, while invited guests of the Bush Administration filed through the various rooms. As Alicia McGinnis, cofounder and President of CYM stated, "The kids played musically and handled themselves very professionally." The White House Visitor staff certainly seemed awed by the students' youth and musical skill and positioned the group at the foot of the stairs leading to the Bush Residence in order that the President and first Lady might be able to enjoy the music. Followed by musician groups from notable namesakes such as Yale, the CYM musicians illustrated how hard work, dedication, and quality music education can lead to extraordinary opportunities.