The Center for Young Musicians is incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderfully talented and hard working students. In particular, our older students exemplify dedication, aptitude, and skillfulness. On Friday, Ms. Grace will be showcasing three students who embody these attributes. Ms. Réka Götz, Ms. Hafsah Shahzad, and Mr. Manus McGinnis will each be performing multiple pieces for an evening of classic pieces from Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, and many others. Join us on Friday, July 19th at CYM Sewickley for an enchanting evening of music and celebration.
Jonah Tedford, age 8, played a Book 1 recital this past week. Accompanied by his mother, Dr. Shasha Piastro-Tedford, Jonah played for his group class at our Wexford location. The group is taught by Ms. Rochelle, and Ms. Leah is Jonah’s private teacher. Congratulations to all!
This past weekend, friends and family of Clara Yuo were treated to an evening of beautiful piano music! Clara, who is twelve years old and a rising seventh grader, has been taking piano lessons at CYM for eight years. Her Friday evening recital was held in Sewickley, where she performed on our beautiful and storied concert grand! The recital, which lasted about 25 minutes, consisted of all eleven pieces from Suzuki Piano Book 4.
Here is Clara, pictured with her teacher, Ms. Simmi:
Bravo to Clara for a beautiful book recital!
Continuing with our senior spotlight, we are delighted today to feature Joshua Faber.
Joshua began his studies at the Center for Young Musicians when he was just five years old. He began with an early childhood music class taught by Ms. Kara. When he moved into private piano lessons, he studied with Ms. Sonia, and eventually with his current teacher, Ms. Simmi. He recalls enjoying taking theory and guitar, but piano was always his main instrument at CYM. Joshua really enjoyed the group piano class with Ms. Simmi that he attended with his friends in the piano department. A highlight for Joshua this last past year of study was having the option of choosing some of his own music to work on. Some of his favorites include selections from video game music, such as Death By Glamour from Undertale.
Joshua also plays the clarinet, and was active in his high school’s concert and marching bands. During high school years he also enjoyed extra-curricular activities such as robotics and electrical engineering.
Joshua is headed to Penn State in the fall, where he is exploring the interdisciplinary Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) major.
Asked who he would like to thank at CYM, Joshua didn’t miss a beat as he offered sincere appreciation for Ms. Kara, Ms. Sonia, and Ms. Simmi for their excellent teaching over the years!
All the best, Joshua!
Did you happen to catch Grease at the Benedum Center this month? CYM student Jayne Miner auditioned for the show and earned a spot in the Teen Ensemble for this production! Grease was presented as part of CLO’s Summer Program at the Benedum, and featured Clay Aiken.
Jayne is a student of Ms. Simmi, and has been studying at CYM for 7 years! She also plays trumpet, and is active in her school’s concert and jazz bands, as well as PYCO’s Chamber Brass Ensemble. But wait, there’s more! Since she is also a singer, she participates in her school’s chorus!
Jayne’s previous musical experience includes Annie, Jr, The Sound of Music, and CLO Academy’s production of 9 to 5. A rising 9th grader, Jayne also participates every summer in the community’s Performing Arts Camp- a 4-week daily musical theater camp that culminates in two productions.
Congratulations, Jayne, on all your hard work and successes! We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Jayne is pictured here (front row, center) with the rest of the Teen Ensemble!
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!
But the good kind of Blues! Mr. Mark delighted all with his program of blues, jazz, and more! The concert featured students of all ages and instruments, and included those students who participated in the Blues Workshop that day! Guitar faculty Mark Marston’s presentation included Blues for Classic Guitar by Charlie Byrd.
Thank you to all who participated!
Guitar students of all ages learned the chords, the techniques, and the harmonic progressions used in rock and popular music! Students experimented with some simple improvisations and riffs over the 12 bar blues. Most of the students had no previous blues experience, but took what they did know and applied it to the blues genre with the expert help of Mr Mark!
What a great way to spend a Saturday! Congrats to all!
Our Solo Recitals were captured this year with photographs of our CYM students, teachers, and staff in action! Scroll through the photos below to enjoy and relive that special day. And this is not all! Additional pictures will be uploaded soon. Our Marketing Manager, Jake Niehl, continues to be very busy documenting this important day for all of us, so stay tuned. If you see a photograph you particularly like, we will be bringing information to you soon about how you can order your own prints! For now, enjoy!