New Year, New Goals! One of the best ways to make progress in anything is to set goals for yourself. January is a natural time to think about a path of success and how to achieve all that your heart desires! At Center for Young Musicians, we believe in having our students set goals – for performance, for musicianship, and for bringing music into the lives of others! Every student has a “CYM Annual Goals” card. How many items has your student checked off in “Performance and Event Goals”? Three? Four? Check the calendar for upcoming events, and talk with your teacher! Let’s see 7 check-marks on your card this session! Reach for the stars!
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!
The evening of December 21st, the First Unitarian Church of Shadyside was bustling with activity- several meetings and a dance recital were going on upstairs, and downstairs, was CYM’s 2018 Holiday Concert. With 34 student performers, this concert was well over double the size of last year’s Holiday Concert. The space was packed with proud parents, dedicated students, and young children, who sat up front admiring and learning from the performers. The hour long performance lead by guitar teacher Mr. Erich included piano, violin, cello, and guitar students. We are so proud of everyone for closing out the 2018 year with smiling faces, beautiful music, and an atmosphere of positive energy.
Our cello and violin students entertained concert-goers of the Nutcracker at the beautiful Heinz Hall. They gave pre-concert and intermission performances, and got to watch the Nutcracker. It has been so fun to see our young musicians perform all through Pittsburgh this holiday season; and we are so proud of all who have participated.
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!
“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!