Last Saturday’s Holiday Serenade with Ms. Simmi was a festive holiday hit! The students were all so prepared with cheerful and beautiful holiday pieces, it was very clear they had spent a lot of time preparing for this event. Each performer started by introducing themselves and announcing the name of their piece, followed by their performance and finishing with a bow at the end; there were a total of 26 performers – 19 pianists, 5 guitarists and 2 cellists – and the entire concert lasted for around 70 minutes. At the end of the concert, those students who completed the 200 Day Practice Challenge over the course of 2020 were recognized and applauded! Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from all over the country were able to join the Zoom call to listen to these young musicians and cheer on their performances! Here’s what CYM parents had to say about the event: “It was a wonderful hour we had on Sunday, listening to cheerful holiday music and seeing all the friendly faces again. Thank you for giving everyone this opportunity to celebrate together!” – Shu, mother of piano student and guitar student. “We loved the Holiday Serenade! It was a wonderful way to let the musicians share their latest songs with family and friends! Using Zoom actually worked out well to enable family and friends who would not normally have been able to attend the performance. Even Buddy the Elf was able to join! We thought it was easier and more comfortable to enjoy the show from our own cozy living room!” – Michelle, mother of a guitar student. During such an uncertain and challenging year, it was important for these students to continue the CYM holiday tradition of coming together to perform festive holiday pieces for one another and for a warm and friendly audience. Though we couldn’t be together in person this year at Sewickley Light Up Night or for a special downtown performance at the Benedum for the Nutcracker Pre-Show performance, meeting virtually on Zoom helped the students feel connected to the CYM community and see the happy and supportive faces of their peers!