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!
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.
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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.
“To acheive great things, one needs two things: a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
Well, we have two CYM students who planned well, and achieved very great things!
Next up in our Awards highlights: The Good Citizen Award, and the Young Artist Certificate!
The Good Citizen Award recognizes students who demonstrate consistent growth in musical skill, and who also contribute good will to fellow students at CYM and the extended community. Goals include performing at several CYM events and at least one event serving the greater community. This Award was presented to: Clara Yuo!
Ms Simmi and Clara
Clara studies with Simmi Tripathi. This school year, she performed the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 49, No. 2 at the PMTA’s Honor’s Recital for the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival contestants who are advancing to the state level. At the state level, she performed at Temple University and received a Dorothy Sutton Performance
Festival medal and certificate.
The Young Artist Certificate recognizes students who are actively performing in and assisting with CYM’s concerts and activities. This award has three levels of achievement. The SCHOLAR shows consistent effort, musical growth, and personal commitment to his/her program of study by performing at various CYM events, attending two events, and attending two Department Group classes. This Award was presented to: Julian Drake!
Julian studies guitar with Danny Rectenwald. He is in 9th grade
and has been playing the guitar for ten years. He plays guitar in his school’s jazz band. In addition to guitar, he studies percussion with Phil Webster of the River City Brass Band. He plays the snare drum in the North Hills High School Marching Band and hopes to play marching tenor drums (quads) next season. He is a percussionist in the North Hills Wind Symphony. He enjoys composing music in his spare time. After he graduates, he wants to study Computer
Science and become a software engineer.
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS!
One of the best ways to stay motivated in any task is to set goals.
CYM students have several options for participating in opportunities that lead to musical growth, while fostering diligence, perseverance, and using their skills to bring music into the lives of others!
First up, the Practice Challenge! CYM students who took on the Practice Challenge, and stayed diligent with their practice hours, were awarded the October Practice Challenge Award! These students set and attained the goal of practicing every day of the month of October:
Lex Akhaven, Sami Alissa, Yazan Alissa, Aiden Bellissimo, RJ Balsomico, Will Bojalad, Jack Boyer, Paige Boyer, Zachary Breeden, Paige Boyer, Kenzie Bucchi, Brayden Bucchi, Sofi Clavijo, Cecily Collins, Elliott Drake, Claudia Drake, Lily Elcesser, Megan Foust, Ayan Ganesh, Preston Gibbons,
David Graves, Isaiah Hayes, Lauren Happe, Elijah Haberman, Lily Haberman, Riya Kulkarni, Josh Laman, Libby Laman, Nina Loewen, Harry Mathews, Nora Macel, Sydney Miner, Ariana Morris, Nicholas Navarro, Audrey Paul, Agnes Picarsic, Eliza Rizk, Kate Rizk, Luke Shin, Ian Shin, Hanna Singhi, Ezra White, Sara Singhi, Siena Smith, Grace Webb, Maren Webb, Valerie Wolfe, Clara Yuo, Daniel Yuo, Rosa You, Mana Zahir
A few super committed students went beyond 31 days, and were able to accomplish 200 days of Practice! These disciplined students won the 200 Day Practice Challenge:
Claudia Drake, Elliott Drake, Preston Gibbons, Sydney Miner, Luke Shin, Maren Webb, Valerie Wolfe, and Matilda Yang
Congratulations, students, teachers, and parents!
Stay tuned for more Award News!