Students Bring Music to the Masonic Village

Ten of our amazing CYM string players took time out of Martin Luther King day to bring music into the lives of the residents of Masonic Village at Sewickley. Everyone  benefited from the time together- audience and performers alike!

Thank you students and teachers for using music to bring joy to those in our community. Sharing our music is one of the most valuable things we do  as musicians.

Reminder: Lessons on Monday, January 20th (MLK Day)

Just a reminder that we do have lessons and classes on MLK Monday!

Cello Student, Rosa Yuo, Performs Book Recital

Congratulations to Rosa Yuo, student of Ryan Ash, for a beautiful and musical performance of Suzuki Book 2! Rosa exemplified poise and a command of her instrument, to the delight of those in attendance.

Demonstrating mastery of one Suzuki book serves as a graduation from that level. Now Rosa will move ahead to the repertoire of Book 3. Performing such a large repertoire of pieces takes concentration and perseverance, not to mention attention to detail and musicality. Job well done, Rosa!

Enjoy some photos from this big day:

Student Milestones: This Month’s Book Recital

Rosa Yuo will be playing her Book 2 Recital on January 14th!

Book recitals are a demonstration of dedication and hard work. Each piece in a book is performed with accompaniment for a small audience, exhibiting mastery of that level of Suzuki study.

Rosa’s recital will be held in conjunction with a group class with her teacher, Mr. Ryan. Family and friends will join in, and a reception will follow.

All the best, Rosa!

New Year is Coming… Ready for New Lessons?

Happy Holidays!

We will see you soon when CYM starts up again on January 6th!

Meanwhile, this might be the most wonderful time to think about adding new lessons or group classes to your student’s music studies!

Did you know that beyond piano, violin, cello, guitar, and voice we offer….

Banjo? Drum Set? Ukulele? Adult Lessons and Classes? CYM offers something for everyone in your household. Call us for a consult!

THINKING AHEAD: Do you have a request for summer programming? Let us know in the comments below- we will begin preparations for summer course offerings soon!

CYM Instrumentalists Delight Crowds at CMOA

On Thursday, December 19th, CYM students and their teachers regaled museum-goers with beautiful holiday music, giving patrons an aural feast to complement the visual!

Performers enjoyed being a part of the current exhibit of Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio. This exhibit runs through January 5th, so there is still time to take advantage of the display. Visit here for more information.

Congratulations to our performers and teachers- thank you for using your gifts to bring quality music to area events!

CYM Holiday Concert Sets Festive Tone

CYM families enjoyed a beautiful recital that showcased the hard work of many of our CYM students. Guitar, piano, cello and violin were all represented. Some of our youngest performers had the opportunity to try out their pieces for a warm and receptive audience for the very first time!

Faculty duets included arrangements by Mr. Chris, and featured Ms. Leah and Mr. Chris on violin, Ms. Amy, piano, and Mr. Jake, cello, and Mr. Erich, guitar.

Congratulations to all of our performers!

If you would like one of the picture files from below, email with the number picture you would like!


Now Bring Us Some …Figgy Pudding??

One of the most popular songs to sing this time of year is We Wish You a Merry Christmas. It could be we have been singing this song all of our lives but have not quite understood all the references. For example….figgy pudding. What exactly is figgy pudding? If we try to imagine what it is with our modern version of JELL-O® pudding, and limited understanding of figs (Fig Newton®, anyone?), we might assert that it should be called ICKY pudding!

But this yummy dessert has a deep history and is probably  way better than you think it is! Thankfully, the folks at the Post-Gazette have done some research and have the whole story here.

While you’re reading, feast your ears on this version of the carol as sung with humor, and excellence, by The King’s Singers!

Holiday Event Reminders

Don’t forget there are still holiday events you won’t want to miss!

Ms. Rochelle and her students playing at the beautiful Carnegie Museum of Art, (December 19th, 6:30 pm) amid the Carnegie Trees and the Neapolitan  Presepio! Read more about this event here.

Mr. Ryan and cello students will be performing again at Cumberland Crossing. Read more about that outreach event, and make plans to attend on December 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Musicians Shine at the Nutcracker

A report from Ms. Simmi: CYM students performed at the Benedum during the pre-show and intermission of the Nutcracker on Saturday, and it was a spectacular night all around! Our pianists and violinist did such a beautiful job with their holiday pieces, they were well-prepared, and had a great crowd to perform for in the lobby. We all enjoyed the magical Nutcracker performance, as well! All of us here at CYM hope to make this a new holiday tradition!

Our CYM student performers:

Hannah Stein
Lucille McCargo
Patti Szabo
Mira Agarwal
Megan Foust
Nolan Donnelly
Sofi Clavijo
Maya Agarwal
Sami Alissa
Yazan Alissa
Akshay Lath
Siena Smith
Madeleine Fox
Hanna Singhi
Kenzie Bucchi
Clara Yuo
Rachel Spear
Meriwether McCargo
Kathryn Allen
Lucas Boyle
Julianna Faber
Jayne (& Sydney) Miner
Marissa Dorman
Abby Bojalad

Congratulations to all!

The Center for Young Musicians