Concerts & Recitals

The Weekend Serenade – Virtual Community Concerts for All CYM Students

April 17, 2020

Lift spirits by sharing your polished piece in virtual concert with a CYM faculty member at a Weekend Serenade!

Serenades are small recitals created within a private Zoom call that allow instrumentalists to perform and listen to their peers. Ten spaces are available for students who have talked or emailed with their teacher ahead of time, have a piece and/or personal goal to meet, and are ready to perform. A CYM teacher will welcome you by opening the zoom meeting, introducing each performer, and cueing you when it is your turn to play. The host teacher will then share their own pieces. Comfortable yet concert attire expected. Please set the camera close to create best sound and audio quality.

Mr. Mark will host this Saturday’s Serenade, on April 18th at 11:30am, and Mr. Chris will host this Sunday’s Serenade, on April 19th at 2:00pm. Only CYM students are able to participate and view this event. If you are interested and ready to perform, be sure to check your email, then reply to the invitation. Can’t decide which piece to play in the concert? Email your teacher to discuss your choices. We look forward to seeing and hearing you!

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More Serenades are coming!

April 10, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we are planning more Serenades!

Serenades are small recitals created within a private Zoom call that allow students to perform and listen to their peers. Teachers will be on hand as well to help organize- and even join in playing!

Our next Serenades will be April 18th with Mr. Mark and April 19th with Mr. Chris. Only CYM students are able to participate and view this event. If you’re a CYM student who is interested in participating, be sure to check your email next week for your invitation.

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Round Out Your Year with this Leap Day Event!

February 20, 2020

Yes we are in a leap year! Leap Day, February 29, is an extra day that comes around every four years to allow for the fact that the earth does not orbit the sun perfectly in 365 days. For fun facts, customs, and traditions tied to Leap Day, read here.

Meanwhile, we at CYM have a plan for your February 29: what better way to spend your extra day than with beautiful music!?

Come hear Ms. Leah and Ms. Simmi perform Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for Violin and Piano and Meditation for Thais by Massenet this Leap Day!  Piano and violin students will also perform; reception to follow.

Let’s celebrate together in Sewickley, on February 29, 3:00-5:00 pm.              See you there!

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You Are Invited! Community Concert Set for February 15th

January 27, 2020

Mark your calendars for this upcoming concert. Ms. Grace, Ms. Rochelle and Mr. Ryan will be regaling us with beautiful music on February 15, 2020 at our Sewickley location. The concert will begin at 5:00 pm, and will feature piano, violin and cello music performed by students and teachers.

Community Concerts provide performance opportunities for students, who in turn have the honor of hearing their teachers perform. Students in the audience may very well find themselves thinking “That will be me someday. I’ll be playing that!” or simply “Goals”.

The faculty trio will share music of Haydn, and will dazzle you with some Tango pieces that might have you dancing in the aisles!

This is sure to be an entertaining time Saturday Feb 15th at 5pm in Sewickley. All our best to the students and teachers! 
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Holiday Event Reminder!

December 12, 2019

So many great things are happening this holiday season with CYM students and teachers! Here’s what on deck. Support CYM by attending:

SING! An Irish Christmas: Thursday, December 12, Benedum Center. Email Ms. Amy if you need comp tickets-

CYM Holiday Concert: CYM students performing for each other at the Unitarian Church in Shadyside, December 14, 7:00pm.  Contact Mr. Erich with questions-

CYM Pianists at the Nutcracker December 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm.  For more information contact Ms. Simmi-

Strings at Carnegie Museum: December 19th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. For more information, contact Ms. Rochelle-

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Encore: CYM Cellists to Return to Cumberland Crossing

December 11, 2019

The first time was such a hit that our cellists will once again regale residents of Cumberland Crossing with beautiful music!

Come out to support our musicians in this beautiful setting. Once again they will be performing selections from Robert S. Frost’s Christmas Kaleidoscope.

December 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cumberland Woods Village

700 Cumberland Woods

Allison Park, PA 15101

For more information, contact Mr. Ryan at

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Music and Art at CMA for the Holidays

December 11, 2019

On Thursday, December 19th, CYM students and their teachers will regale museum-goers with beautiful music. Holiday selections and other favorites will be offered by several violin and cello students.

Enjoy browsing and taking in the arts- visually, and aurally. The current exhibit of Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio will delight the whole family! The Presepio was constructed originally between 1700 and 1830, and is an incredibly detailed panorama of life in the 18th century. Read more about this tradition here.

The CYM performance will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm. For more information, contact Ms. Rochelle at

Come support the arts in Pittsburgh!

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Nutcracker Ballet Features CYM Pianists at the Benedum!

December 2, 2019

This year, CYM will be sending several pianists to perform in the lobby of the Benedum Canter as a part of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker!  They will entertain the crowds before the ballet begins and also during intermission. Come see the beautiful Benedum, the glorious Nutcracker Ballet, and support our young students.

Even if you have never seen this ballet, you will recognize many of its “hits” such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Fun fact about this Dance– it was the debut for a piano-like instrument called the celeste, or celesta, in the United States. Tchaikovsky was on tour in 1891 for the opening of Carnegie Hall. His journey home took him through Paris, where he discovered a new instrument: the celesta, whose clear, bell-like tone was perfectly fitted to The Nutcracker’s fairy-tale ambience.  Listen to this famous composition here – where the celeste is featured with the melody.

For more information about these performances, contact Ms. Simmi at

See you at the ballet!

December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benedum Center

237 7th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



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Holiday Recital is Gearing Up

December 2, 2019

We are getting in a festive mood at CYM as we begin putting together the Holiday Concert, featuring YOUR students! Mr. Erich is busy making preparations for this yearly recital for CYM students.

If you were a part of the festivities last year you already know what an exciting event it was. You really don’t want to miss this opportunity for performing. Some of the music will be holiday-themed, and much of the performances will be of the “standard repertoire” variety!

Here are all the details from Mr. Erich:

Hello CYM families,

We are so excited for our holiday concert which is right around the corner!
The concert will be on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside located at 605 Morewood Avenue. 
Any student interested in playing can register either at this link:  or by e-mailing Erich at
Performers should be dressed nicely, like for school pictures. Black and white is good too. Holiday sweaters and dresses also are great attire for this event!
Please plan to arrive around 6:30 for tuning and set-up. Once you enter the church make your way downstairs to find our performance space.
See you on the 14th!
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CYM Cellists to Perform in Allison Park

November 22, 2019

CYM cellists will be performing Saturday afternoon at the Cumberland Woods Village in Allison Park.

Mr. Ryan will be leading the concert that will feature selections from Robert Frost’s Christmas Kaleidoscope.

Not the Robert Frost of The Road Not Taken, poetry fame, but Robert S. Frost, pedagogical strings composer, conductor, and teacher. Kaleidoscope is a collection of 14 Christmas Carols, which may be performed on a variety of instruments. For this, the instrument of choice is the cello!

Come out and support our student performers in this secluded, wooded, hilltop setting!

November 23, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cumberland Woods Village

700 Cumberland Woods

Allison Park, PA 15101

For more information, contact Mr. Ryan at

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