A new performing group for cellists, led by Mr. Ryan, is forming now and will begin this fall. This will be a Monday evening class held in our Sewickley location. Cellists ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to join! This group class will provide opportunities to develop musicianship skills as well as performing experience. Not to mention that music is more fun when you get to collaborate with friends! Make time to join in with something new at CYM, and get ready for some amazing music-making this year!
Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Sewickley
Contact Mr. Ryan for more details!
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!
Join CYM for a musical that is fun for the whole family. On September 8th, bring your family to the Benedum to see the Lion King!
Tickets are limited, so click here now to get yours!
Our Musikgarten and Piano faculty, Amy Rucker, recently coordinated an international biennial event for Musikgarten. Held in Charlotte, NC, Musikgarten’s Festival, which celebrated Musikgarten’s 25th year, featured four National Teacher Trainers, pictured here:
Ms. Amy, far right, presented an active session on movement, which explored the purpose and application of movement at all levels of the Musikgarten Curriculum. The focus in the Babies and Toddler curriculum was identifying characteristics of the music that can be experienced through moving, such as tiptoeing every time the strings play pizzicato. Looking at Music Makers levels, Ms. Amy had the teachers create a “movement round” which puts characteristics of movement into a story-telling experience, then mixing the levels of movement by forming groups that begin the “movement story” at different times. CYM uses Musikgarten to instill musical experiences in young children, through movement, listening, playing instruments, and singing!
Teachers use this kind of continuing education event to work toward certification in National Teacher Associations such as ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association).
Great job, Ms. Amy!
To learn more about Musikgarten at CYM, contact Ms. Amy!
Did we get your attention? This is not just something your 7 year old says, this is the title of one of two pieces performed recently in a music festival in North Carolina!
CYM faculty member, Mr. Ryan, performs with the Beo String Quartet, which was featured in the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Small Batch Concert Series in Charlotte, NC. The quartet performed in a radio broadcast in the John Clark Performance Studio; the link to that interview and performance is here.
Hosted by WDAV General Manager and Content Director, Frank Dominguez, the show highlighted two new compositions for string quartet, including the title above, composed by Kerrith Livengood. Livengood’s website describes her composition this way:
This is My Scary Robot Voice “features speech rhythms intoning an anxious inner monologue, which the New York Times described as ‘sketchy seeming.'”
This composition won 1st place in the CNM National Composition Competition in partnership with the Beo String Quartet! Up next for Mr. Ryan and the Quartet: a studio recording of This is My Scary Robot Voice!
A second selection was titled “Winter”, from String Quartet No. 5: WanÃyetu by award-winning composer, Marc Mellits. “WanÃyetu” is the native American Lakota word for “winter”. Listen to the music and see if you can feel and imagine the icy coldness of winter! Composed in 2015, the music alternates between calm, snowy, serene landscapes, and flurries of complex rhythms, with strident, accented motifs that take the listener into the harshness of wind, sleet, and deep snow!
Tell us what you hear in both of these pieces in the comments- we would love to get your reactions! You never know, there might be a follow-up to this blog featuring the thoughts and interpretations of our CYM students!
Congratulations, Mr. Ryan, on all your marvelous performances and collaborations this summer!
Four of our young guitar students will be broadening their music studies this summer! Ayan Ganesh (9), Josh Laman (10), Libby Laman (8), and Ezra White (7) are enrolled in the Suzuki Student Institute, which will take place in August. Students will gain experience in performing through Masterclasses as well as group classes. The institute also offers each student one elective such as visual art, theory, introductions to other instruments, or an ensemble!
All the best to our guitarists, as well as their teacher, Mr. Erich, who will be attending the Guitar Practicum for teachers. We look forward to an update this August from each of you!
Continuing with our senior spotlight, we are delighted today to feature Joshua Faber.
Joshua began his studies at the Center for Young Musicians when he was just five years old. He began with an early childhood music class taught by Ms. Kara. When he moved into private piano lessons, he studied with Ms. Sonia, and eventually with his current teacher, Ms. Simmi. He recalls enjoying taking theory and guitar, but piano was always his main instrument at CYM. Joshua really enjoyed the group piano class with Ms. Simmi that he attended with his friends in the piano department. A highlight for Joshua this last past year of study was having the option of choosing some of his own music to work on. Some of his favorites include selections from video game music, such as Death By Glamour from Undertale.
Joshua also plays the clarinet, and was active in his high school’s concert and marching bands. During high school years he also enjoyed extra-curricular activities such as robotics and electrical engineering.
Joshua is headed to Penn State in the fall, where he is exploring the interdisciplinary Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) major.
Asked who he would like to thank at CYM, Joshua didn’t miss a beat as he offered sincere appreciation for Ms. Kara, Ms. Sonia, and Ms. Simmi for their excellent teaching over the years!
All the best, Joshua!
The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to create Crossover: a space for teens where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way. We are welcoming non-CYM students to these sessions as well, so invite siblings and friends!
Be sure to check out our future sessions, too!
Another great summer event is in the history books! Concert goers were treated to violin performances from students of Mr. Chris. Students of all ages performed a variety of selections, to the delight of all in attendance! Congratulations, students!
The second half featured Mr. Chris and Mr. Jake (cello and piano faculty) playing the DvoÅÃ¡k Sonatina for Violin and Piano. Hearing our faculty perform is a great motivator for all of our students. See you at the next Community Concert! As CYM family, all of you have access to any of these events all through the year! Please take advantage of attending these free events whenever you can!
By the way, here is a glimpse of how the Sonatina looked when it was composed in 1893. DvoÅÃ¡k was a student at the National Conservatory at the time, and this is in his own handwriting:
It is an exciting time for CYM when we have graduating seniors. Today we put a spotlight on Matthew Matisz, student of Erich Reibe.
Our marketing department caught up with Matthew to get his perspective on growing as a musician through Center for Young Musicians.
Matthew started in CYM’s Early Childhood Music program with Victoria, in order to lay the foundation for joyful music making, music learning, and literacy. Matthew recalls stepping away to Duquesne for beginning cello lessons, and reflected on a period shortly after where he took some time to be sure he knew what instrument he really wanted to play. He started to explore his instrument options, and began listening to music for fun, honing his musical tastes. Soon he became captivated by guitar music, and felt motivated to learn some of the rock songs he was hearing. Matthew and his family decided to come back to CYM, and he teamed up with Mr Erich for guitar lessons at CYM. The rest is history, as they say, and anyone who heard Matthew on the solo recital will attest to the diligence in his music studies over the years at CYM!
When asked if any funny moment at CYM stands out in his mind, he recalled this story: In the middle of a recital, he was following the chord progression as he played with Mr Erich. He suddenly skipped an entire line of chords of the song. Mr Erich just adjusted and improvised until Matthew got back on track and then they ended the song! No one in the audience knew what had happened, thankfully! We have all been there, Matthew!
During high school, Matthew participated in three school musicals, Mock Trial (served as Captain his junior and senior years), and fundraisers for cancer research. For his studies beyond graduation, he will be attending St Andrews in Scotland. He promises that he will do his best to learn how to play golf, in between his theology studies. When he finishes, he will have a Masters of Theology, which in the U.S. is comparable a Bachelor’s with Honors. His first purchase in Scotland will be a new guitar so that he can continue to play. We think this is a great idea!
Matthew expressed deep appreciation for his time at the Center for Young Musicians. He is thankful for the opportunity it gave him to grow as a musician and to figure out what he really wanted to study. It means a lot to him that everyone welcomed him back “with open arms”. Matthew would like to thank Mr Erich again for the lessons, and for the fun in the Friday Night groups where he could relax, hang out, and play new music. All in all, he has come to realize that what CYM gave him was a place to grow as a musician, and to use his time there -and his music – to escape from the everyday.