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



Light Up Night is Fast Approaching!

Be sure to check out Sewickley Light Up Night on December 6th!

So many great activities for the whole family, plus performances by our own CYM students in our concert room. Little ones (and maybe not-so-little ones) can make jingle bell bracelets to wear and take home.

Read here for more details.

Be a Part of the Fun at Sewickley Light Up Night!

The Center for Young Musicians will once again be fully participatory in the festivities of Sewickley Light Up Night!

When: Friday, December 6, 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Where: CYM Sewickley, 437 Beaver Street

Who: Everyone!

What:  A fantastic fireworks show, live music & performances, free horse drawn carriage rides, an ice carving competition, seasonal brews, and lots of food vendors.

And what is happening inside CYM? Performances in our Concert Room (email to see if performance slots are still available). And for the younger ones, jingle bell bracelet-making in the front room!

See you then!

Holiday Dazzle is Back!

This Saturday, at 4:00, make your way to the Pine Community Center for a holiday-themed, family friendly, activity-packed good time!

Here is what you can expect:

  • Train Display
  • Lighting of the Dazzle Tree
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • Lighted singing reindeer
  • LIVE reindeer
  • Live penguin
  • Ice carving
  • Crafts
  • Santa & Elves
  • “Hat Parade” and prizes

…and the evening ends with Fireworks starting at 6:45!

Some of our CYM students will be performing at 5:45 in the Performance Room- be sure to come out and support them. Ms. Amy will have a booth again this year, with instruments to try and several performances (using families who gather at the booth) of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, Abridged”!!

If you decide to go, tickets are $5 at the door, cash or check. CYM performers get in for free!

Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford, 15090

Beo String Quartet Performing in Pittsburgh

Readers of our website and newsletter may recall an article I wrote last spring featuring the Beo String Quartet. Our own Mr. Ryan is a member of this forward-thinking, 21st century group that is becoming one of the top ensembles performing today! If you missed that first installment, check it out here.

Mr. Ryan, center stage

The quartet is making a stop in Pittsburgh on November 6th. Their tour includes concerts in Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Ambler. The program, called Refractions, is a Beo String Quartet original production that showcases four unique and exciting works, each with a link to light and its transformation. Each of the featured works offers a colorful variety of sounds, styles, and sentiments.

The Beo String Quartet

The pieces include “live electronics, immersive staging, and unusual playing techniques that create very pleasing sounds”, according to Mr. Ryan. Three of the four compositions on the program will be premiers.

This is a unique event you won’t want to miss, so here is what you need to know:

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Bar Marco 2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets available online/cash at the door:                        General Admission $20, Student $9
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Ravi Coltrane CYM Event Update!

Ravi Coltrane event update!

CYM’s event, in partnership with Kente Arts Alliance, has been updated:

3:00-5:00 pm  – Open sound check with Ravi at the New Hazlett theater

A sound check is a great opportunity to watch professional musicians in action. Not only are they setting the technical cues and levels for the concert, but they are working together as a team as they prepare. This time often includes full run-throughs of the music for the concert! What a great way to get a glimpse behind the scenes, and hear great music for free!

5:00 pm  – Q & A with Ravi


8:00 Concert (tickets required)

Dr. Harry Clark’s Pittsburgh jazz scene presentation will be re-scheduled for a future event. In the meantime, check out Dr. Clark’s DVD documentary titled “Musicians of local 471 Anthology” about Pittsburgh Jazz musicians, produced by The African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (of which Dr. Clark is president), available for loan through the CYM office.

No RSVP necessary. Come on out and see what it’s all about!


Check it Out in North Park Tonight: Sixth Annual Brazilian Day!

Tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Rose Barn in North Park, members of Pittsburgh’s Brazilian community will host a celebration of their country’s music, food and culture.

The Sixth Annual Brazilian Day event will feature traditional foods prepared by Casa Brasil and other vendors, and music by artists including Kenia, Lilly Abreu, and Brazilian drum ensemble, Timbeleza.

This is an event for the whole family, and we have perfect weather for the concerts, games, and activities that are sure to provide a good time for all!

More information and tickets: click here!

EXPLORE MORE: Interested in what Brazilian music is, and the composers who shaped the sound? Check out South America’s most famous composer, Villa-Lobos!

Guitar Concert Featuring CYM Faculty and Students in Shadyside

So many choices for this coming weekend! If you are in the Oakland/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh Saturday evening, be sure to check out a FREE concert at Church of the Ascension, featuring our own Mr. Erich!

Come to this beautiful venue to hear works of Bach, Coste, Albeniz, as well as some of Mr. Reibe’s own compositions! Also enjoy guitar solos and duets by two of Mr. Erich’s students.

The evening will be capped off with a composition for flute and guitar by Ravi Shankar. For this, Mr. Erich will be joined by his special guest, Leah Stevens!

You don’t want to miss this evening of gorgeous music in a magnificent space!

See you at 6:00 p.m. for this free concert!

Coming Attractions

It’s time to enroll in one of our new classes!

You’ve probably read about our Crossover series that began this summer. If not, follow this link to read up on the ways visual art and music intersect! This is a group for teens in Sewickley. If your student has interest in the visual arts, video game music, anime music, etc. they should definitely check out these sessions!

Musikgarten is here!  So glad to be offering this curriculum with expanded options this year! Music Makers at the Keyboard is brand new to CYM, but has been taught by Ms. Amy for over 10 years! This year, make this the path for your 6-9 year old to learn piano, because data over the last 15 years is showing 98% retention rate in private piano for graduates of MMK!  Read here for more information! Continue reading below for other new offerings in Musikgarten including Music Makers at Home for 4-6 year olds, and Family Music for Babies (birth to 18 months)! Call our office for more info, or email Ms. Amy at

Prelude Classes are informal classes in Sewickley held in conjunction with Night Mart! Come explore instruments with CYM faculty Mr. Ryan, and enjoy participating in dancing, singing, and ensemble activities with Ms. Amy! Click here for more details.

Cello Crew is here and ready to go for all cellists! What a great opportunity to develop ensemble skills, and learn from Mr. Ryan as well as other cellists! Read a recent blog about this new Monday class here!

More NEW groups in Musikgarten:  Family Music for Babies is a class designed for babies up to 16 months with a caregiver. To learn more about the importance of this early music learning, please visit Ms. Amy’s blog post here. Rock, bounce, sing, dance, finger plays, instruments abound in this delightful class aimed to envelop your baby in the language of music! Also check out Music Makers at Home, (Mondays, Wexford) which is a pre-piano course that puts the emphasis on all things 5-6 year olds love, including animals and their habitats. Through these familiar and intrinsically interesting themes, students become purposeful listeners as they joyfully sing and learn folk songs, hear and play patterns, learn complex dances, and play instruments! All things to guide them systematically into music literacy!

Visit our website to get enrolled – there is still time to join in on the group dynamic – a great way to learn and have fun with friends!

Oh, and spread the word!

New “Prelude” Classes Available!

Do you happen to live around the Sewickley area? Good news! CYM is now offering free classes called Prelude. Prelude sessions are fun, interactive demo classes that allow budding musicians to explore potential programs and instruments. Come listen, touch, and learn about the different instruments offered at CYM and then take part in a group music class which will have your child singing, dancing, and creating music! Prelude is available for children ages 4 to 12, and no prior experience is needed.

To register for Prelude clink the link below to go to CYM’s Timetap page. From there, select the Sewickley location. After that, select the Prelude option and fill in the necessary information.

Our next classes will be at CYM Sewickley in September. Be sure to check this website and CYM’s social media for the date. To register, click the link here!

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