Calling all CYM pianists! Our Piano Department Groups are open to all ages and levels! Perform with and for other pianists to gain confidence in a friendly environment! Try out a piece, test your memory, or play something you’re working on for a recital or contest! Pieces do not have to be performance-ready. Faculty will be on hand to offer feedback, and to address other music–related issues with the group! Talk with your teacher to sign up!
Next Piano Department Group: April 27th in Sewickley
Last week, Mr. Erich and several of his students joined host of the Saturday Light Brigade, Larry Berger, for a special presentation on WCRT 88.3. Guitarists Ezra White (6), Libby and Josh Laman (7 and 9), and Isla and William Wiegand-Hammond (9 and 10), presented a variety of music, including Suzuki song favorites, original compositions, A-ha, and David Bowie.
Not only did these young pros give entertaining performances, they were interviewed, answering questions pertaining to the joy, challenges, and fun of playing the guitar.
Didn’t catch the live broadcast? You can catch the recording here!
And another Saturday Light Brigade is “in the can”! Congratulations to our fine students on wonderful performances and interviews! Thank you Mr Erich for expanding your students’ experiences in performing! Kudos to the students for handling the interviews with poise and confidence!
Watch for the next SLB program, coming up soon with Ms Simmi and her piano students!
A few photos from the big day:
Several of our teens met Friday night, March 2, at our Sewickley site to enjoy one another’s experiences and comments on life as well as to share pieces that they are working on.
A lively and engaged review of selected music by Johannes Brahms ensued as two student performers shared pieces by the beloved Romantic composer.
CYM faculty members, Alicia McGinnis and Erich RIebe, hosted students to pizza and soft drinks as the teens shared insightful comments on practicing, homework and life in general.
For the next meeting, the faculty would like to move the event to Saturday afternoon, since the general consensus is that sometimes Friday nights can be problematic after a busy week with schoolwork. Please keep an eye out for a scheduling survey to see what day might work best.
We are also shopping for a new name for the group, so please keep watching this space for more information on a great opportunity to meet new friends and keep up with others whom you may have known for years now!
By the way, students are permitted to bring friends along who do not attend CYM. They just have to be interested in music.
What a great time with our guitar students at Fiddlesticks! Be sure to watch for the next Fiddlesticks event. See below for more information on this fun, engaging program for families!
Pittsburgh is home to one of the top symphonies in the United States! But the thought of taking younger children to a long concert strikes fear in most of us! Still, we have a desire to introduce our little ones to the richness of the orchestra and the beauty of Heinz Hall! So… how do we do that? Enter “Fiddlesticks”! Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it? Fiddlesticks Family Concerts are Saturday morning events designed for your children ages 3 to 8! Come enjoy a warm, relaxed, interactive environment. See the symphony members up close and personal – ask questions about their instruments! Move to the music, explore rhythms, and make a craft to take home! Then hear the full symphony orchestra, and get Fiddlesticks’ autograph afterward!
We have the perfect time for you and your family to try Fiddlesticks: On February 23rd, the Center for Young Musicians Guitar Group and Guitar Chamber Music Class will be performing in the Heinz Hall lobby prior to the concert! Performance starts at 10:00. CYM families can get discounted tickets by using code 74150 when purchasing tickets!
Bring a friend, and have a blast. Fiddlesticks and CYM are ready for you!
At CYM, we place great value on helping students share their musical gifts with others in the community. Opportunities like this one are special. Many adults benefited today from the music presentations of our fine and generous students!
Music can provide healing, calming, and can smooth frayed edges for adults overcoming addictions. What a wonderful way to use musical ability, considering these facts! For more on the healing benefits of music, read here and here !
A big thank you to Leah Givelber for organizing this event, and to our students and teachers for taking time from your day to bring joy to so many!
Did you know….
…Phantom has played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world ?
…Phantom has played in 15 different languages?
…Phantom of the Opera has won 7 Tony Awards?
…Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines?
Watch for future shows and concerts that we can help your family enjoy! When you go, tag us in a post about the event!
See you next time!
Calling All CYM Violinists!
Join Ms Leah in Wexford this Saturday, February 16 at 9 am for a review of pieces and practice tips.
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.