Event Announcement

Drumming Circle [Postponed]

March 11, 2020

The Drum Circle from March 14th has been postponed to April 18th at 4:00 p.m. Please keep checking youngmusicians.org for more updates and information. Thank you! You have likely heard about the benefits of steady beat, or the therapeutic value of drumming, especially in a group. Of course, just to clarify, what we are offering is no crazy 1990’s drumming in the woods venture! But rather, a time to enjoy the creative process of making music, and learning something about how to drum, and how to build ensemble! Matt Price, who leads the drum circle, had this to say about drumming circles, and the CYM event: “I participated in my first drum circle in 2016 and I was blown away by the power that group drumming had on my mind, body and spirit. Even though I’ve been playing drums since 1994 I never experienced anything quite like it. Group drumming...

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Steady Beat and Reading Skills: It’s All in the Ear

February 21, 2020

Recent research demonstrates the connection between the ear, the brain, steady beat, and reading. What has been reported in the past, in the Journal of Neuroscience, for example, is that the motor skills used in drumming improve language development. A new study at Northwestern pulls in the auditory sense, thus closing the triangle of auditory, beat, and reading. The study is “the first to provide biological evidence linking the ability to keep a beat to the neural encoding of speech sounds”. Read the fascinating article on this research here. This conclusion is confirmation of what we do here at CYM. Our youngest learners experience steady beat activities in every single Musikgarten class. This is when beat integration is most easily absorbed! For the rest of us in other points along the musical journey, CYM is providing all students and families an amazing drumming circle day! You won’t want to miss...

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Shady Side Academy Winter Musical

February 3, 2020

It’s no mystery – the winter musical at Shady Side Academy will be a treat for anyone who loves a good riddle! The Mystery of Edwin Drood was written by Charles Dickens. This is a true “whodunit” in that Charles Dickens passed away before finishing the story. So in this musical, the audience gets to decide who the culprit is! Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online by phone at 412-968-3040, or at the door. Note: Some content may not be suitable for children under 13. Read more about this High School production here.

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Old Silent Movies with New Music -This Weekend!

January 23, 2020

When movies were being made at the beginning of the twentieth century, there was of course, no sound. This was before movies became “talkies” where dialogue and music could be incorporated into the production as a whole. My grandmother was an organist for silent movies around 1918. She had a folio of music, titled “Loose-leaf Motion Picture Music” and she would determine which music selections to play to support the changing moods of the movie! So I have always been fascinated by this concept of movie music, and how it has changed over the years. Fast-forward to today, and we find Pittsburgh-based composer and trumpet player Kyle Simpson has written original scores for two classic silent films. These compositions will be debuted in a unique audio-visual experience Saturday at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie. The event will include a live chamber group playing Simpson’s scores, which will accompany the...

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Holiday Event Reminder!

December 12, 2019

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- arucker@youngmusicians.org CYM Holiday Concert: CYM students performing for each other at the Unitarian Church in Shadyside, December 14, 7:00pm.  Contact Mr. Erich with questions- ereibe@youngmusicians.org CYM Pianists at the Nutcracker:  December 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm.  For more information contact Ms. Simmi- simmitripathi@youngmusicians.org. Strings at Carnegie Museum: December 19th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. For more information, contact Ms. Rochelle- ragnew@youngmusicians.org

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Nutcracker Ballet Features CYM Pianists at the Benedum!

December 2, 2019

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...

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Light Up Night is Fast Approaching!

November 25, 2019

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.

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

November 22, 2019

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 grace.thomas.burns@gmail.com to see if performance slots are still available). And for the younger ones, jingle bell bracelet-making in the front room! See you then!

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Holiday Dazzle is Back!

November 14, 2019

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

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Beo String Quartet Performing in Pittsburgh

October 30, 2019

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...

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