The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Needs Your Help!

Dear CYM families and students,

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is seeking participants for a small data gathering effort that will take place Saturday, January 18th 2020 at 10:15-11am. This initiative will conduct focus groups with the goal of learning more about how our organization can best serve local community members. We seek participants who have not previously been to a Philharmonic concert. Breakfast will be provided and you will be compensated with 4 free tickets to an upcoming Philharmonic concert.

Please contact Carolyn Keller at with any questions or to RSVP by January 8, 2020.

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Founded in 1975, the orchestra has emerged as an organization committed to artistic development and quality programming, with a goal of providing convenient and affordable access to orchestral music to the greater Pittsburgh community. The Philharmonic has approximately 70 members, ranging in age from 15 to 80, and hailing from throughout the tri-state area. All have talents that inspire others, like the hundreds of young people who have experienced our educational programs. The Philharmonic is committed to the creative expression of great music played passionately, with core traditions of education, affordability and accessibility.
Your support will help this initiative to be a success, which in turn will help the Pittsburgh Philharmonic inspire music lovers through our education and programming for years to come. We hope you consider participating.


Tara Shiver
Pittsburgh Philharmonic, President

Sewickley introduces new rules for parking!

The Sewickley Chamber of Commerce alerted us over the break that the Parking Authority Board has introduced and adjusted the rules for parking in downtown Sewickley. Below are are of the advertised changes which have been in effect since January 1st:

•      Minimum rate for Credit Card and Cash parking is $ 0.50 for an initial 30 min in Zone 1 & 2

•      After the initial base rate of $ 0.50/hhr the step rates will remain for credit cards at $ 0.50 for 30 min increments but will only be $ 0.25 for coin payment for 15 minute increments thereafter for both zones.

•      Parking enforcement  is active from 9 am – 6  pm Monday through Saturday.

•      Additional time can be purchased within Zone parking limits.

•      Zone 1 has a maximum of 3 hours per transaction – $ 3.- for the allowed max period.

•      Zone 2 allows you to purchase to the end time (9am – 6pm) – equates to $ 9.- per day.

Sewickley’s parking ambassadors are instructed to help and assist your customers and the many visitors adjusting to the new rules. For more information, check out

CYM Faculty Leading Musikgarten Teacher Training Workshop

This week will see our own Ms. Amy in the Chicago area, doing what she loves to do! Music teachers from around the country, along with music majors from Wheaton College, are taking Musikgarten training with Ms. Amy to become certified teachers in the preschool level of the Musikgarten curriculum. This workshop is being offered through Wheaton’s Community School for the Arts, where Musikgarten has been taught for years.

Have fun, Ms. Amy!


CYM Cello Students Dazzle with Selections from Robert Frost’s Christmas Kaleidoscope

Encore! CYM’s cello students (accompanied by Mr. Ryan) performed again for the residents at Cumberland Crossing. The attendees sang along with selections from Robert Frost’s Christmas Kaleidoscope. A fantastic time was had by all (a couple of the residents came up and even thanked our students in person!). Below are some pictures from the event. If you would like the digital file for any of the pictures, please email Mr. Jake Niehl at with the number beneath the picture you would like.



Pictures from CYM Celli at Cumberland Woods Village!

Just in time for the whole family to enjoy! If you would like one of the picture files, please email Jake Niehl at and he will send you the raw picture file, for free. (Please, don’t download the pictures from the site, they are small and won’t be of as high quality.)  Each picture will have a corresponding number underneath it. Be sure to include that number for the photos you would like sent. Thanks everyone and have a happy thanksgiving!


12:00 PM Ensemble Recital Photos

9:30 AM Ensemble Recital Photos

CYM Faculty Featured as Guest Author

UniSound, a Pittsburgh organization dedicated to youth arts education and performance in Pittsburgh, recently invited our own Ms. Amy to write a guest blog.

Check it out here!

For more information about our offerings for babies, take a look at our Early Childhood Music and Movement department!

Ukelele workshop

Surf’s up! Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t pretend it’s summer! Bust out your Uke and get ready to strum! Mr. Mark’s Ukulele Workshop is here!

For guitarists or novices of any age, this workshop will offer a great start on chords, progressions, and strumming, ukulele-style.

The ukulele has become a very popular instrument in recent years. So popular, in fact, that sales of ukuleles have more than doubled between 2009 and today! (Read more about the uke’s popularity in this article from Musician Authority.)

Why not catch the wave? Be there October 26th at CYM Wexford from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cowabunga dude!

CYM’s incredible #FreeTheMusic Summer!

Sometimes, the universe seemingly opens and drops an incredible gift into your lap. CYM was fortunate enough to have this same luck earlier this summer when a non-profit organization named Free The Music selected the CYM Sewickley storefront as a recipient of one of their incredibly restored pianos.

If you live in the Sewickley area, you’ve probably spotted a few of the Free the Music pianos. These amazingly decorated pianos adorn the streets of downtown Sewickley (as well as a couple of other areas) enticing citizens to step in and fill the air with music.

The sheer number of people who have stopped and asked to play the piano has been astounding. Teenagers, adults, and children of all ages have asked to try the piano in the front display. One gentleman began to play, and another man asked if he could just sit and listen for a while! Night Mart brings about an entirely new experience where people can celebrate the many colors of music -on a neon piano!  Even the piano keys are colorful!

We cannot begin to fully express our gratitude to Free the Music for selecting our storefront for one of their gorgeous pianos. It has been a gift sharing the piano with the community and having so many citizens come in to play.

The Center for Young Musicians