Over the weekend, I held a Saturday Serenade and am excited to share that it a huge success! Sixteen pianists, two cellists, and countless extended family members from across the country were able to join the Zoom call and enjoy the performances. The program for this virtual event was led by the students; each took turns announcing their name and recital pieces. Being able to clearly verbalize an introduction before sitting down to perform is a beneficial skill for young people to learn as it helps them practice public speaking skills while having to immediately shift into “performance mode”. Many of the students presented the piece they had prepared for CYM’s Solo Recital (which was sadly cancelled in April due to the pandemic), and other students learned a new piece over the past couple of months with the specific goal of being ready to perform at this Saturday’s Serenade. At the end of the program, I performed movements from a French Suite by J. S. Bach. It was a wonderful afternoon of music-making and the students were all happy and appreciative of the chance to share their hard work and creativity with CYM peers and families! Bravo to all who participated!