Faculty News

Happy Anniversary Leah: 2.1.2000 – 2.1.2020!

January 31, 2020

Our regularly scheduled faculty/staff meeting was interrupted this week with flowers, cupcakes, and singing! All because Leah Givelber is celebrating her 20th year with Center for Young Musicians! Faculty and staff surprised Ms. Leah at the start of the meeting by singing and bringing out a banner that read “Congratulations, Leah for 20 years with CYM”. Laughter ensued as Ms. Leah was clearly unaware that a celebration was in the works. Not only is Leah a gifted performer, but also a teacher of all ages, with a keen eye for detail, including administrative functions of the business and communication with parents. Victoria read a tribute to Leah, highlighting her gifts and all she has brought to us. A few of her reflections: “As a refined teacher and musician, Leah has positively impacted students’ technique, understanding, and enjoyment of music. As Vice-President of Academic Affairs, she has introduced numerous and highly qualified faculty...

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CYM Faculty Leading Musikgarten Teacher Training Workshop

January 8, 2020

This week will see our own Ms. Amy in the Chicago area, doing what she loves to do! Music teachers from around the country, along with music majors from Wheaton College, are taking Musikgarten training with Ms. Amy to become certified teachers in the preschool level of the Musikgarten curriculum. This workshop is being offered through Wheaton’s Community School for the Arts, where Musikgarten has been taught for years. Have fun, Ms. Amy!  

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“SING! An Irish Christmas” Comes to Pittsburgh

December 4, 2019

Bring the whole family to a Christmas concert that will have your foot tapping, and your hands clapping! Imagine favorite carols and songs with fiddlers playing reels, plus a band of instrumentalists, and 200 voice choir singing along with you! Our own Mr. Rob will be conducting the 200-voice choir for “Sing! An Irish Christmas” which will be held at the Benedum. Some of the choristers are coming from other states just to be a part of this concert. Recently the Gettys asked to add a children’s choir to the program, so our own Ms. Amy has been rehearsing with a 35-voice choir assembled from all over Pennsylvania and Ohio. Come concert time, she will be singing with the choir! This tour is in its ninth year- and the first for the Pittsburgh area. Other stops in the 2019 tour include Carnegie Hall in NYC, and and Kennedy Center in...

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CYM Faculty Featured as Guest Author

November 8, 2019

UniSound, a Pittsburgh organization dedicated to youth arts education and performance in Pittsburgh, recently invited our own Ms. Amy to write a guest blog. Check it out here! For more information about our offerings for babies, take a look at our Early Childhood Music and Movement department!

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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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Welcome New Voice Faculty, Lindsay McGinnis

October 25, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the addition of voice teacher, Lindsay McGinnis! Lindsay studied music at The Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, and then at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. Lindsay brings a broad experience of teaching and performing to this position. Having a background in musical theater as an actor as well as director and teacher, she is ready to welcome new students with a variety of goals. Her performances range from opera to oratorio to musical theater to sacred choral music! Ms. McGinnis looks forward to building her studio here at CYM, and we are looking forward to welcoming her to our family. Call the office if you would like more information about Lindsay’s schedule and locations. Welcome, Lindsay!

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CYM Welcomes Mr. Rob Rucker as the New Program Director!!!

August 22, 2019

CYM is thrilled to announce Mr. Rob Rucker as our new Program Manager! Rob has a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as additional MBA coursework. As a certified music educator and K-12 public school teacher, he has also served as music director for non-profits in Dallas, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio. His achievements include providing dynamic non-profit leadership in western Pennsylvania, and receiving a Fortune 500 company’s Excellence in Community Engagement award. We are excited to welcome Rob to our CYM family!

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CYM Teachers Invest in Musikgarten Training

August 16, 2019

As you may have read in the last few days, the Center for Young Musicians hosted a National Teacher Training Workshop for Musikgarten. Two of our teachers enrolled for this training, earning certification in the Music Makers at the Keyboard curriculum! Ms. Grace, piano faculty, and Mr. Ryan, cello and piano faculty, attended the 17-hour training, held at our Sewickley location, along with four teachers from the northeast region of United States. Our CYM teachers are excited to be offering the first Music Makers at the Keyboard classes, along with Ms. Amy, this year at CYM!   Ms. Grace said about the training: “The Music Makers at the Keyboard training was a positive, whirlwind of a weekend! The training was full of hands-on experience, getting useful information on how children develop and learn, and being surrounded by other teachers who are so passionate about providing quality music education.”   Mr....

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CYM Faculty at the International Musikgarten Festival in NC

July 1, 2019

Our Musikgarten and Piano faculty, Amy Rucker, recently coordinated an international biennial event for Musikgarten. Held in Charlotte, NC, Musikgarten’s Festival, which celebrated Musikgarten’s 25th year, featured four National Teacher Trainers, pictured here: Ms. Amy, far right, presented an active session on movement, which explored the purpose and application of movement at all levels of the Musikgarten Curriculum.  The focus in the Babies and Toddler curriculum  was identifying characteristics of the music that can be experienced through moving, such as tiptoeing every time the strings play pizzicato.  Looking at Music Makers  levels, Ms. Amy had the teachers create a “movement round” which puts characteristics of movement into a story-telling experience, then mixing the levels of movement by forming groups that begin the “movement story” at different times. CYM uses Musikgarten to instill musical experiences in young children, through movement, listening, playing instruments, and singing! Teachers use this kind of continuing education...

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June 27, 2019

Did we get your attention? This is not just something your 7 year old says, this is the title of one of two pieces performed recently in a music festival in North Carolina! CYM faculty member, Mr. Ryan, performs with the Beo String Quartet, which was featured in the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Small Batch Concert Series in Charlotte, NC. The quartet performed in a radio broadcast in the John Clark Performance Studio; the link to that interview and performance is here. Hosted by WDAV General Manager and Content Director, Frank Dominguez, the show highlighted two new compositions for string quartet, including the title above, composed by Kerrith Livengood. Livengood’s website describes her composition this way: This is My Scary Robot Voice “features speech rhythms intoning an anxious inner monologue, which the New York Times described as ‘sketchy seeming.'” This composition won 1st place in the CNM National...

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