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Event Recap

Children Join in Nature’s Music Adventure

June 12, 2020

This past weekend, several area children took part in a free Musikgarten Nature’s Music virtual class. Many of the children who participated came from the Discovery School at Beechwood, where nature is an integral part of the curriculum. The aim of the class was to introduce families to CYM’s group offering for early learners, utilizing Musikgarten’s curricular emphasis on the natural world. The adventure began with participants receiving a “Scavenger Hunt” checklist, which included such items as flowers, gardens, frogs, and worms. I collected photographs of each student’s “finds”, and was happy to hear of their excitement in discovering things on the list. Along with the list, I included directions for leaf and bark rubbings, and a couple of families sent in pictures of their amazing designs! Once the class began, we set off for a garden, where we found worms, webs, and flowers. Singing and movement were accompanied by...

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CYM Violinists Take the Home Stage

June 12, 2020

Book 2 Violin Recital Sydney, student of Ms. Rochelle, performed her Book 2 recital this past week. Ms. Rochelle confirms that Sydney was very polished and gave a fabulous performance of all of the pieces.Her family joined her at home, and Ms. Rochelle joined by Zoom. At the end, Sydney said she was excited to move on to Book 3. Congratulations, Sydney!  Violin Department Group The violin department held their last group class of the CYM school year on Saturday, June 6th. CYM would like to offer a sincere thank you to all students who were able to attend the Department Group classes throughout the past year. These classes are an important and fun way to develop not only musical technique, but social skills as well. Ms. Leah had this to say about the department group: “The last violin Department Group of the CYM school year was a success! During...

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Piano Students Connect Across the Miles

May 29, 2020

Ten CYM piano students participated in the recent Piano Department Class! The students took turns performing their pieces, and as they were playing, their peers wrote down encouraging, positive remarks about what they heard. Those comments will be shared with students in their next lessons. It was a great class and I received positive feedback from many of the parents who were appreciative of the opportunity for their child to virtually connect with their CYM piano peers!This photo was taken at the end of the class and includes the smiles of: Julianna, Sofi, Nick, Will, Sami, Yazan, Kenzie, Hanna, Akshay, and Clara. Congratulations students, for your dedication, drive, and your encouragement to one another!

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Saturday Serenade Soars Far and Wide

May 29, 2020

This past Saturday, a CYM Saturday Serenade with several guitar, piano, and violin students took place. The students ranged in age from 6 to 16, and there was a nice mix of classical, folk, fiddle tunes and pop music. I got things started by talking about how to start and end a performance, and then demonstrated with a performance of an Etude by Aguado.  Next up were the students:Thomas, guitar, played Song of the Wind, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and Ode to Joy.Eli, guitar, played A Toye, Corrente by Paganini, and the theme from Star Wars.Lily, violin, played Concerto I, by Seitz, The Swallow Tail Jig, and Witches’ Dance (which she decided to play after Mr. Mark talked about how Paganini was one of the few composers who wrote music for both the instruments that she and her brother play).Carson, piano, played Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and Prelude by Arens....

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CYM Instrumentalists at Saturday Light Brigade

April 16, 2020

Last Saturday, CYM students Lily, Elijah, Sydney, Daniel, and Rosa participated in a call-in to the Saturday Light Brigade radio program called Youth Express. The program allows K-12 Pittsburgh-area students to showcase their performing arts skills. Each of the five students performed individually and were asked about their other interests and hobbies. They also explained how lessons and classes are taking place online at CYM. Lily, Sydney, and Daniel each played the violin, while Rosa played cello, and Elijah played the guitar. The musicians performed and spoke with poise and professionalism – we are proud of you! Listen to the broadcast here. This Saturday, April 18, piano students of Simmi Tripathi will be featured on the same show, that starts at 10:05 am. These students also are ready to play, having enjoyed this performance experience before, and excited to be interviewed, rehearsing their pieces and practicing their answers to potential...

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Toes Were Tapping at Recent Community Concert

February 21, 2020

A packed audience at our Sewickley concert room recently enjoyed performances by CYM faculty and students. The faculty trio shared music of Haydn, and thrilled the audience with delightful Tango music! Student performers included beginners to advanced, and performed well for the receptive crowd. Congratulations, all! Next Community Concert: February 29 with Ms. Leah and Ms. Simmi

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Students Bring Music to the Masonic Village

January 22, 2020

Ten of our amazing CYM string players took time out of Martin Luther King day to bring music into the lives of the residents of Masonic Village at Sewickley. Everyone  benefited from the time together- audience and performers alike! Thank you students and teachers for using music to bring joy to those in our community. Sharing our music is one of the most valuable things we do  as musicians.

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CYM Instrumentalists Delight Crowds at CMOA

December 30, 2019

On Thursday, December 19th, CYM students and their teachers regaled museum-goers with beautiful holiday music, giving patrons an aural feast to complement the visual! Performers enjoyed being a part of the current exhibit of Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio. This exhibit runs through January 5th, so there is still time to take advantage of the display. Visit here for more information. Congratulations to our performers and teachers- thank you for using your gifts to bring quality music to area events!

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CYM Holiday Concert Sets Festive Tone

December 20, 2019

CYM families enjoyed a beautiful recital that showcased the hard work of many of our CYM students. Guitar, piano, cello and violin were all represented. Some of our youngest performers had the opportunity to try out their pieces for a warm and receptive audience for the very first time! Faculty duets included arrangements by Mr. Chris, and featured Ms. Leah and Mr. Chris on violin, Ms. Amy, piano, and Mr. Jake, cello, and Mr. Erich, guitar. Congratulations to all of our performers! If you would like one of the picture files from below, email jniehl@youngmusicians.org with the number picture you would like!   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47...

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Musicians Shine at the Nutcracker

December 17, 2019

A report from Ms. Simmi: CYM students performed at the Benedum during the pre-show and intermission of the Nutcracker on Saturday, and it was a spectacular night all around! Our pianists and violinist did such a beautiful job with their holiday pieces, they were well-prepared, and had a great crowd to perform for in the lobby. We all enjoyed the magical Nutcracker performance, as well! All of us here at CYM hope to make this a new holiday tradition! Our CYM student performers: Hannah Stein Lucille McCargo Patti Szabo Mira Agarwal Megan Foust Nolan Donnelly Sofi Clavijo Maya Agarwal Sami Alissa Yazan Alissa Akshay Lath Siena Smith Madeleine Fox Hanna Singhi Kenzie Bucchi Clara Yuo Rachel Spear Meriwether McCargo Kathryn Allen Lucas Boyle Julianna Faber Jayne (& Sydney) Miner Marissa Dorman Abby Bojalad Congratulations to all!

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