Join Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle for their joint community concert! The concert starts at 3:00 p.m. on July 21st at CYM Sewickley. See you there!
The Center for Young Musicians is incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderfully talented and hard working students. In particular, our older students exemplify dedication, aptitude, and skillfulness. On Friday, Ms. Grace will be showcasing three students who embody these attributes. Ms. Réka Götz, Ms. Hafsah Shahzad, and Mr. Manus McGinnis will each be performing multiple pieces for an evening of classic pieces from Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, and many others. Join us on Friday, July 19th at CYM Sewickley for an enchanting evening of music and celebration.
Several CYM students are embarking on a journey to complete the Center for Young Musicians Ambassador Certificate! Designed for advancing students, the program requires a performance repertoire of at least three pieces. A concert is presented with each student performing three or four selections of music. In addition, the performers will present a brief lecture on each composer and composition.
This is sure to be an exciting and informative event. Please mark your calendars for this free concert, held at 7:00 PM, July 19th, at our Sewickley location.
Stay tuned for more information about our performers!
Ms. Simmi’s Community Concert was a wonderful success this past Saturday! The concert was held at CYM Sewickley at 3:00 p.m. Guests were enchanted with an afternoon of music, including pieces by Kuhlau, Schumann, Beethoven, and Bach.
Ms. Simmi also performed, first playing Beethoven’s F♯ major Op. 78. Mr. Chris then joined her to play a Romance piece by Amy Beach.
Overall, the day the was an incredible success and a splendid afternoon! Below are a few pictures from the day.
But the good kind of Blues! Mr. Mark delighted all with his program of blues, jazz, and more! The concert featured students of all ages and instruments, and included those students who participated in the Blues Workshop that day! Guitar faculty Mark Marston’s presentation included Blues for Classic Guitar by Charlie Byrd.
Thank you to all who participated!
Over the weekend, CYM students, Clara Yuo (piano), Alexa Bronkaj (violin) and Yazan Alissa (cello), rehearsed their piano trio music for their upcoming concert at St. James Church in Sewickley on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm. Sharing the program with them will be another piano trio, made up of Abby Bojalad (piano), Alena Gurevich (violin) and Elliott Drake (cello).
Come support our young musicians -hope to see you tomorrow!
This Saturday may be your very first recital with your child, or it may be your twelfth! Either way, it is a big day. A recital is a time to celebrate, and to share musical progress with family and the CYM community. A recital gives students something to work for. It is important to take a piece of music all the way to the polished, performance-ready stage. It also helps teachers gauge a student’s progress in a tangible way. Gatherings such as this also serve to motivate. Seeing an older student play an advanced piece can help younger students have something to work toward. And the trophies, ribbons, and certificates can also be a motivating factor, giving each student a picture in their mind of where they could be this time next year! Encourage your child to enjoy the day, and to dream of tomorrow.
Big days can bring some pressures, so here are some thoughts as you get ready for Saturday:
The best way to get ready is to practice! Well, that may seem obvious. But practice performing. In other words, have a few mock recitals in your home so that your child can get used to the feeling of playing for others. In addition, you might talk to your child about the music- ask what their favorite part is, and who the composer is. Older students should be able to tell you what key the piece is written in, as well.
A dress rehearsal at home can also help get the performer past that uncomfortable feeling of playing in new clothes or shoes! Students should be a little dressed up for a recital, but if that means new shoes or suit and tie, or a dress, they should practice playing in those clothes. It will feel just a little different! You may change your mind about those clothes after trying them out in a performance. (That tutu just doesn’t look as good on the piano bench as it did in the dance recital!) Talk to your teacher if you have questions about what your student should wear.
Our recitals are held at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside (605 Morewood Avenue), in their beautiful sanctuary. Students should arrive at least 20 minutes early. The students will sit in a designated spot up front on the left side. Teachers will be on hand to direct each student, telling them when to stand, when to walk up, etc. This helps to ensure that the recital moves along swiftly, with few pauses. Pictures will be taken all day by CYM staff, so that you can enjoy the moment with your child.
All our students have worked hard to get to this day. The audience’s role is to be quiet, respectful listeners, and, of course, exuberant applauders! During the performance, keep distractions to a minimum by putting your phone on silent mode, and not moving around while students are playing. Feel free to carry an overly vocal baby out if necessary- come back in when you can. Don’t forget to smile while students are playing – it actually does help them feel at ease!
Time to celebrate! When the recital is over, we will have a small reception just across the hall from the sanctuary! Grab some coffee and sweets and go out in the courtyard as the weather allows. Take selfies with the teachers and meet other families!
All of us at the Center for Young Musicians are thankful that you have entrusted your child’s musical journey to us. We are honored to help bring the love and joy of music to your student and to your family! Congratulations on all the successes so far. Let’s mark another one this Saturday.
And another Saturday Light Brigade is “in the can”! Congratulations to our fine students on wonderful performances and interviews! Thank you Mr Erich for expanding your students’ experiences in performing! Kudos to the students for handling the interviews with poise and confidence!
Watch for the next SLB program, coming up soon with Ms Simmi and her piano students!
A few photos from the big day:
Friday Night Music Club at CYM Sewickley – Come on over – we are gathering tonight!
March 1st , 7 PM
Open to the Public… meet some other young people who enjoy playing music and meeting new friends.
Join Mr. Erich and other CYM students for an evening of music and food! Open to students ages 12-18.
Get some encouragment on the work you’ve been doing, and enjoy some fine conversation about great pieces of music that Mr. Erich brings to the table.
March 16th, 4 PM
Join us at CYM Sewickley for guitar teacher Mr. Erich’s Community Concert!