CYM pianist, Abby Bojalad (center, student of Ms. Simmi), is busy preparing for the Streator-Smith Competition, hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association on April 6, 2019. This competition is open to piano, voice & string students in grades 7-12; piano contestants must perform two memorized pieces from different style periods.
This competition was started in 1992 in honor of two past PMTA members, Lois Streator and Lois Smith who were both incredibly active in the local PMTA chapter and also as organists, pianists and accompanists around the Pittsburgh community.
Help cheer Abby on in her preparation for this event!
Last week, Mr. Erich and several of his students joined host of the Saturday Light Brigade, Larry Berger, for a special presentation on WCRT 88.3. Guitarists Ezra White (6), Libby and Josh Laman (7 and 9), and Isla and William Wiegand-Hammond (9 and 10), presented a variety of music, including Suzuki song favorites, original compositions, A-ha, and David Bowie.
Not only did these young pros give entertaining performances, they were interviewed, answering questions pertaining to the joy, challenges, and fun of playing the guitar.
Didn’t catch the live broadcast? You can catch the recording here!
Congratulations to piano student of Ms. Simmi, Kenzie Bucchi, for being awarded with a 200-Day Practice Challenge trophy! Not only did Kenzie give a great performance at the Holiday Concert, but she worked very hard for 200 straight days to achieve this huge accomplishment. Keep it up, Kenzie!
A big congratulations to Eliza, cello student of Mr. Ryan, who graduated from Suzuki Book 2 last Saturday! Completing a Suzuki book takes many months of hard work and dedication. Good luck with your future cello endeavors, Eliza!
Last night, during our annual Light Up Night celebration, Luke Shin was given the 200-day Practice Challenge Award! It takes great determination and effort to achieve this goal, and Luke, you did it!
“To acheive great things, one needs two things: a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
Well, we have two CYM students who planned well, and achieved very great things!
Next up in our Awards highlights: The Good Citizen Award, and the Young Artist Certificate!
The Good Citizen Award recognizes students who demonstrate consistent growth in musical skill, and who also contribute good will to fellow students at CYM and the extended community. Goals include performing at several CYM events and at least one event serving the greater community. This Award was presented to: Clara Yuo!
Ms Simmi and Clara
Clara studies with Simmi Tripathi. This school year, she performed the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 49, No. 2 at the PMTA’s Honor’s Recital for the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival contestants who are advancing to the state level. At the state level, she performed at Temple University and received a Dorothy Sutton Performance
Festival medal and certificate.
The Young Artist Certificate recognizes students who are actively performing in and assisting with CYM’s concerts and activities. This award has three levels of achievement. The SCHOLAR shows consistent effort, musical growth, and personal commitment to his/her program of study by performing at various CYM events, attending two events, and attending two Department Group classes. This Award was presented to: Julian Drake!
Julian studies guitar with Danny Rectenwald. He is in 9th grade
and has been playing the guitar for ten years. He plays guitar in his school’s jazz band. In addition to guitar, he studies percussion with Phil Webster of the River City Brass Band. He plays the snare drum in the North Hills High School Marching Band and hopes to play marching tenor drums (quads) next season. He is a percussionist in the North Hills Wind Symphony. He enjoys composing music in his spare time. After he graduates, he wants to study Computer
Science and become a software engineer.
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS!
One of the best ways to stay motivated in any task is to set goals.
CYM students have several options for participating in opportunities that lead to musical growth, while fostering diligence, perseverance, and using their skills to bring music into the lives of others!
First up, the Practice Challenge! CYM students who took on the Practice Challenge, and stayed diligent with their practice hours, were awarded the October Practice Challenge Award! These students set and attained the goal of practicing every day of the month of October:
Lex Akhaven, Sami Alissa, Yazan Alissa, Aiden Bellissimo, RJ Balsomico, Will Bojalad, Jack Boyer, Paige Boyer, Zachary Breeden, Paige Boyer, Kenzie Bucchi, Brayden Bucchi, Sofi Clavijo, Cecily Collins, Elliott Drake, Claudia Drake, Lily Elcesser, Megan Foust, Ayan Ganesh, Preston Gibbons,
David Graves, Isaiah Hayes, Lauren Happe, Elijah Haberman, Lily Haberman, Riya Kulkarni, Josh Laman, Libby Laman, Nina Loewen, Harry Mathews, Nora Macel, Sydney Miner, Ariana Morris, Nicholas Navarro, Audrey Paul, Agnes Picarsic, Eliza Rizk, Kate Rizk, Luke Shin, Ian Shin, Hanna Singhi, Ezra White, Sara Singhi, Siena Smith, Grace Webb, Maren Webb, Valerie Wolfe, Clara Yuo, Daniel Yuo, Rosa You, Mana Zahir
A few super committed students went beyond 31 days, and were able to accomplish 200 days of Practice! These disciplined students won the 200 Day Practice Challenge:
Claudia Drake, Elliott Drake, Preston Gibbons, Sydney Miner, Luke Shin, Maren Webb, Valerie Wolfe, and Matilda Yang
Congratulations, students, teachers, and parents!
Stay tuned for more Award News!
We can be assured the future of CYM is bright when we hear performances like this! Our youngest violinists performed at our annual Ensemble Recital with confidence, led by teachers Ms Rochelle and Mr Chris, with Ms Amy at the piano!
Our faculty enjoy being together and working to create memorable experiences for our students and their families!
Making music with others is what it’s all about!
Mr. Erich and CYM guitarists performed on the Saturday Light Brigade, today! Among the guitarists was Lochlan McGinnis, a recipient of the Young Artist Certificate.
Click here to listen to Mr. Erich’s guitar students on WRCT 88.3
Siena Smith performed her Suzuki Piano Book 2 recital on Friday, October 12 and did a fantastic job! Congratulations, Siena!
On Saturday night, Clara Yuo performed in PMTA’s Honors’ Recital for the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival contestants who are advancing to the state level. She played the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata, Op. 49 No. 2 and performed beautifully!