CYM Graduate Feature: Matthew Matisz

It is an exciting time for CYM when we have graduating seniors. Today we put a spotlight on Matthew Matisz, student of Erich Reibe.

Our marketing department caught up with Matthew to get his perspective on growing as a musician through Center for Young Musicians.

Matthew started in CYM’s Early Childhood Music program with Victoria, in order to lay the foundation for joyful music making, music learning, and literacy. Matthew recalls stepping away to Duquesne for beginning cello lessons, and reflected on a period shortly after where he took some time to be sure he knew what instrument he really wanted to play. He started to explore his instrument options, and began listening to music for fun, honing his musical tastes.  Soon he became captivated by guitar music, and felt motivated to learn some of the rock songs he was hearing. Matthew and his family decided to come back to CYM, and he teamed up with Mr Erich for guitar lessons at CYM. The rest is history, as they say, and anyone who heard Matthew on the solo recital will attest to the diligence in his music studies over the years at CYM!

When asked if any funny moment at CYM stands out in his mind, he recalled this story: In the middle of a recital, he was following the chord progression as he played with Mr Erich. He suddenly skipped an entire line of chords of the song. Mr Erich just adjusted and improvised until Matthew got back on track and then they ended the song! No one in the audience knew what had happened, thankfully! We have all been there, Matthew!

During high school, Matthew participated in three school musicals, Mock Trial (served as Captain his junior and senior years), and fundraisers for cancer research. For his studies beyond graduation, he will be attending St Andrews in Scotland. He promises that he will do his best to learn how to play golf, in between his theology studies. When he finishes, he will have a Masters of Theology, which in the U.S. is comparable a Bachelor’s with Honors. His first purchase in Scotland will be a new guitar so that he can continue to play. We think this is a great idea!

Matthew expressed deep appreciation for his time at the Center for Young Musicians. He is thankful for the opportunity it gave him to grow as a musician and to figure out what he really wanted to study. It means a lot to him that everyone welcomed him back “with open arms”. Matthew would like to thank Mr Erich again for the lessons, and for the fun in the Friday Night groups where he could relax, hang out, and play new music. All in all, he has come to realize that what CYM gave him was a place to grow as a musician, and to use his time there -and his music – to escape from the everyday.

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