CYM Trios: Ensembles in Action!

Six CYM students performed this week at St. James Church, for a pre-concert presentation. CYM’s piano trios from Wexford and Sewickley performed 6 pieces beautifully for a very appreciative and welcoming audience! Trios are traditionally comprised of piano, violin, and cello.
Pictured (from left to right): Ms. Leah, Clara Yuo, Alexa Bronkaj, Yazan Alissa, Alena Gurevich, Abby Bojalad, Elliott Drake, Ms. Simmi.
Thank you students, for sharing your gifts with the community! And thank you, Ms. Leah and Ms. Simmi, for your leadership and mentoring of these fine young musicians.
And a heads up to our CYM family: these trios will be performing again – this time on the Saturday Light Brigade radio show on June 1st, so tune in!

CYM Violinists Entertain at Heinz Hall!

CYM students performed for symphony-goers yesterday at Heinz Hall! Violin music filled the air in a pre-concert offering as patrons gathered to hear the PSO which was featuring violinist, Vilde Frang.

Heinz Hall hosts an eclectic mix of pre-concert performances that enhance the concert-going experience, and showcase community musicians in the elegant spotlight of the Grand Lobby.

Thank you teachers and students for beautifully representing the Center for Young Musicians in this pre-concert presentation!

Solo Recitals a Big Hit, Right Out of the Gate!

From the very first note at 9:30 AM, to the last chord of the 3:30 recital, our solo recitals were a huge success! What a wonderful community we have here at CYM. The atmosphere was one of joyful music making which brought delight to all in attendance. Parents, we thank you for all you do to give your child a great music education. Moments like these on Saturday make the carpooling, the practice hours, the instrument rentals, and the instrument repairs very much worth it, as your child takes center stage and shares their work with us all!

 

Students, a big thank you for your preparation. Setting the goal of performing was the first step, but every hour you gave over to practice leading up to the recital is what made your time on that stage so enjoyable for everyone. Keep listening to your fine teachers!

Piano faculty, thank you for your part in making our soloists shine! Thank you for the extra hours you put into learning new music and playing (and following) so beautifully, and for fostering a positive environment between soloist and accompanist. You set a great example as we help our students learn more about playing with an accompanist, an aspect of solo playing that is still new to many.

And unlike the Kentucky Derby, there was no jockeying for the lime light. We had students winning trophies, framed certificates, and ribbons for their hard work in their practice commitment, as well as participating in community service and outreach events! More on these winners to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also congratulated our two graduating seniors, Matthew Matisz and Joshua Faber. Watch for a feature on these two young men in the next few days.

Coming soon: pictures from all four recitals!

A big thank you to Jake Niehl for taking some great shots, to Karen Schnatterly for all of the administrative tasks and great announcing, to Leah Givelber for coordinating the event and for FOUR programs, to Victoria for the wonderful receptions, and to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh for the use of their lovely sanctuary and Steinway grand!

Congratulations to all!

Achievement Day Recap

Really meaningful progress in practice time comes from setting goals. Sharing those goals with others and receiving positive reinforcement makes it not only more enjoyable, but also makes that growth more effective and more deeply rooted in habit!

Our most recent Achievement Day was a grand success as students learned to set and achieve goals in their practice or performance! Several students participated in this wonderful opportunity for students and their teachers. To prepare, teachers helped their students set an achievable goal in one of their pieces. The student then played that goal – or the whole piece – and received immediate feedback from CYM instructors! 

Talk with your teacher today about setting a goal… for the next event at CYM!!

 

 

 

CYM Violinist Performs Suzuki Book 1 Recital

On April 7th, student Valerie Wolfe performed for an engaged audience at our Sewickley location. She presented a recital of Suzuki Violin Book 1! What an accomplishment! Congratulations to Valerie for her dedication and hard work, and to her teacher, Chris Sforza.

Confidence Workshop a Big Success!

Ms. Grace and CYM students enjoyed exploring what it takes to gain confidence in performance! Strategies were discussed for the weeks that  lead up to a performance. Preparation is the key! Practical strategies for the day of a performance were also presented. The audience enjoyed works by Brahms, Gillock, and Faber. Good work, students, for taking the time to improve your preparation and presentation!

 

Ms Grace’s Community Concert Fills the Day with Beauty!

I remember as I was growing up I would love to hear my teachers play their instruments. As a high school student I was mesmerized hearing the Dayton Philharmonic perform, knowing that my band director was principal trumpet! Seeing and hearing your teacher in action is so valuable. It gives families valuable insights into the artistry of their teacher. For the student, the moment can provide a lifetime of motivation as they think Wow, that could be me one day! And it really can! Our students just need to know what to aim for. And to see the joy it brings to our teachers to be able to share confidently their musical accomplishments with others.

Ms Grace has done just that in her recent CYM Community Concert! Congratulations to Ms. Grace and her student performers!

3….2…..1…..Saturday Light Brigade!

Ms. Simmi and her students took to the airwaves for an awesome SLB show this weekend! Just what is the Saturday Light Brigade, you ask?

SLB is a public radio program featuring acoustic music and family programming including participatory puzzles and games as well as on-air telephone calls from children and adults. Broadcast since 1978, it is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the United States. 

 

Piano students from the Center for Young Musicians demonstrated their public speaking and performance confidence in a segment devoted entirely to them! As always, the host (Mr. Larry Berger) made the students feel very comfortable and at ease playing on air and chatting about themselves.

Listeners enjoyed beautiful classical pieces as well as some Disney favorites! Participating in SLB gives our musicians an inside look at the broadcasting environment, including everything it takes to produce a show. A huge thank you to Ms Simmi for organizing this event and for giving our musicians yet another performing arts arena that they can feel confident in.  This is one of the many ways the Center for Young Musicians aims to develop well-rounded artists!

Talk with your teacher to find out about future SLB Saturdays!

Ms. Grace’s Community Concert

Ms. Grace’s Community Concert a Grand Success!

Ms Grace and her CYM piano students presented a wonderful Community Concert at our Sewickley location! Music of Bach, Debussy and Respighi filled the air. Thank you to all who performed, and to Ms Grace, for showcasing all your hard work!

Mr. Erich’s Community Concert

Our first Community Concert of 2019 with Mr Erich was a grand success! CYM guitarists and violinists took the stage in our beautiful Sewickley location to the delight of audience members! Thank you to all who played, and to our teachers Mr Erich and Mr Chris, and for our attentive audience!

Couldn’t make this Community Concert? Ms. Grace’s Community Concert is coming up on March 30th! See you there!

The Center for Young Musicians