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!
We can be assured the future of CYM is bright when we hear performances like this! Our youngest violinists performed at our annual Ensemble Recital with confidence, led by teachers Ms Rochelle and Mr Chris, with Ms Amy at the piano!
Our faculty enjoy being together and working to create memorable experiences for our students and their families!
Making music with others is what it’s all about!
Our annual Fall Ensemble Recital was a grand success! The students performed with polish and poise! Our faculty took part by performing two beautiful arrangements by Mr Chris. Ms Simmi spoke on the importance of piano ensembles, and Ms Amy reminded us of the dramatic effect of early childhood music study. Awards were presented for the practice challenge!
It was great for so many of us to be together in one big celebration of music, accomplishments, food, and fun!
We heard so many wonderful piano duets!
Ms Rochelle with her Award-winning students!
The piano trio was truly a highlight of the program!
CYM 25th Year Kick Off
Thank you to everyone who came to our Kickoff Party! Wow- 25 years of memories, music, and friendship! What a great celebration we had commemorating this wonderful milestone! The Graeter’s ice cream was fabulous (now you know!) and we had stellar performances from our CYM students and faculty all afternoon!
The stage is set!
Everyone raved about the ice cream!
CYM Faculty and Staff getting into the celebration!
Victoria and the Carey family!
Alicia and CYM alumni parents, Tom Cully and Sarah Heres!