Our Vision, Values and History

Our Vision

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.

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Our Values

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.

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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.

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Our History

  1. 1994

    Incorporated as CYM and established at 120 Lake Drive

  2. 1995

    Moved classes from YMCA and Northland Library to newly renovated classroom space.

  3. 1997

    Initiated Community Outreach Program.

  4. 1998

    Student’s performance televised on KDKA Children’s Hospital Telethon.

  5. 2000 & 2001

    Students featured at PSO Season Opening Night concert.

  6. 2001

    Gerald McGinnis and wife Audrey endowed the PSO’s Fiddlesticks Program in honor of CYM.

  7. 2002

    Purchased 1971 Concert Grand Steinway Piano from the PSO, the piano featured on opening night in Heinz Hall.

  8. 2003

    Collaborated with the PITTSBURGH CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and composer BURKHARDT REITER in composing and performing a chamber music piece for CYM’s advanced violinists.

  9. 2004

    Performed the National Anthem at PNC Park before a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

  10. 2005

    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.

  11. 2006

    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 ]

  12. 2007

    CYM returns to the White House with a group of fourteen students to perform during the Christmas Holidays. [ STORY ]

  13. 2008

    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 ]

  14. 2010

    CYM violinists represented CYM at the October 30th Fiddlesticks Concert presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

  15. 2011

    CYM Shadyside is established at Winchester Thurston School’s City Campus, Shadyside.

    CYM Sewickley renovation completed at 437 Beaver Street.

  16. 2013

    CYM partnership with Fox Chapel Country Day School begins.

  17. 2014

    CYM partnership with Montessori Children’s Community in Sewickley established.

  18. 2015

    CYM partnership with Laurie Ann West Community Center in Fox Chapel begins.

  19. 2017

    CYM expands the city site to include First Unitarian Church at 605 Morewood Avenue.

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