You Are Invited! Community Concert Set for February 15th

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! 

Holiday Event Reminder!

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-

Encore: CYM Cellists to Return to Cumberland Crossing

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

Music and Art at CMA for the Holidays

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!

Nutcracker Ballet Features CYM Pianists at the Benedum!

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



Holiday Recital is Gearing Up

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!

CYM Cellists to Perform in Allison Park

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

Ensemble Recital Brings High Level of Performance

On Saturday, we enjoyed one of our biggest events of the year: Ensemble Recital. Congratulations, students on your very fine performances, a special shout out to those who earned awards!

Students entertained the full audience with piano duos, string ensembles, guitar duets, and even some singing from our youngest learners.

Teachers and parents, you should be very proud. Your students played with poise and confidence!

Don’t forget- anyone is invited to attend these recitals even if you are not performing.  There is always something new to see and hear. This year we enjoyed two beautiful Minuets that were arranged for strings and piano by Mr. Chris. Also this time around we had a 6-hand piano performance by piano faculty Ms. Grace, Ms. Simmi, and Ms. Rucker, replete with antics!

To see pictures from the event, visit our post for the 9:30 recital here and the 12:00 recital here!


12:00 PM Ensemble Recital Photos

9:30 AM Ensemble Recital Photos

The Center for Young Musicians