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Students and Families Dazzled at Pine Community Center

Hundreds of families stopped in at our CYM booth at PCC’s Holiday Dazzle to try out percussion hand instruments, and even participate in a sound-effect laden performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Abridged. Children supplied instrumental and vocal sound effects while others read lines in a 2-minute reduction of the classic tale!

Meanwhile, Mr. Mark was upstairs with his guitar students, who presented a recital to the delight of families who came in to warm up from the outdoor festivities.

These CYM guitar students added to the festive feel of the event by playing a selection of holiday favorites:

Aarnav Kannan – Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Riya Kulkarni – Up On The Housetop
Charlie Reiter – Dreydl Song
Keely Acheson – Deck the Halls
Carson Joller – Oh Tannenbaum
Sara Singhi – Silent Night
Christopher Ramaley – Jingle Bell Rock 
After the performances, students joined the crowd gathering outside to enjoy a fireworks display that capped the night off perfectly. Let the holidays begin!
Thank you, to all who performed!

Holiday Dazzle is Back!

This Saturday, at 4:00, make your way to the Pine Community Center for a holiday-themed, family friendly, activity-packed good time!

Here is what you can expect:

  • Train Display
  • Lighting of the Dazzle Tree
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • Lighted singing reindeer
  • LIVE reindeer
  • Live penguin
  • Ice carving
  • Crafts
  • Santa & Elves
  • “Hat Parade” and prizes

…and the evening ends with Fireworks starting at 6:45!

Some of our CYM students will be performing at 5:45 in the Performance Room- be sure to come out and support them. Ms. Amy will have a booth again this year, with instruments to try and several performances (using families who gather at the booth) of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, Abridged”!!

If you decide to go, tickets are $5 at the door, cash or check. CYM performers get in for free!

Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford, 15090

Ensemble Recital Brings High Level of Performance

On Saturday, we enjoyed one of our biggest events of the year: Ensemble Recital. Congratulations, students on your very fine performances, a special shout out to those who earned awards!

Students entertained the full audience with piano duos, string ensembles, guitar duets, and even some singing from our youngest learners.

Teachers and parents, you should be very proud. Your students played with poise and confidence!

Don’t forget- anyone is invited to attend these recitals even if you are not performing.  There is always something new to see and hear. This year we enjoyed two beautiful Minuets that were arranged for strings and piano by Mr. Chris. Also this time around we had a 6-hand piano performance by piano faculty Ms. Grace, Ms. Simmi, and Ms. Rucker, replete with antics!

To see pictures from the event, visit our post for the 9:30 recital here and the 12:00 recital here!


Who is Antonio Hart? A Look at His Life and Work

On Saturday, December 7th, we at CYM have the opportunity to attend a workshop led by a jazz great, Antonio Hart. If you missed our previous post with details of this event for CYM families in coordination with Kente Arts Alliance, check that out here.

For now, you may be wondering just who Antonio Hart is!

When Hart was growing up, music was the one thing that made school interesting for him. He practiced diligently and auditioned for the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts so that he could deepen his music learning and expand his performing abilities. This is where he first started playing jazz. He was interested in the genre because of the people he saw playing it and the fact that he could improvise.

Hart went on to study music at Berklee College of Boston, which is where he really began to focus on jazz. He listened to music, he practiced, and studied as much as he could. He wanted also to have a balance between academia and music, so he became a Music Education major. The courses he took during that time became an inspiration to Hart.

Soon he was developing friendships, and started touring with Roy Hargrove, promoting Hargrove’s first three albums. Ready to study with true masters of jazz, Antonio began work on a masters degree at Queens College in New York. He had the opportunity to study with greats like Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd.

In 1997, Hart earned a Grammy nomination for his release, Here I Stand. In all, he has been a guest artist on over 100 recordings, and has recorded eight CDs as a leader. The latest is titled Blessings and is produced by JLP (Jazz Legacy Productions).

Mr. Hart balances his time on the road and in the recording studio with his full-time professorship at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, NY. His bands are the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.

Take a listen to a few tracks from Blessings here. And we will see you December 7th for what is sure to be an amazingly informative and inspiring workshop!

This event has been selected for our CYM families to be enjoyed as a benefit of the workshop and activities fee. Register today to provide a memorable experience in your student’s musical journey! 

12:00 PM Ensemble Recital Photos

9:30 AM Ensemble Recital Photos

In Honor of Veterans Day – Music and the Military

Music is an integral part of our nation’s military. Musicians in the Military play not only for members of their own service branch, but also to engage the public. They play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts. They perform many styles of music, including marches, classical, jazz, and popular music.

Here is the Marine Chamber Orchestra performing “Sleigh Ride” and “The Marine Corps Hymn” from their performance the Late Show with Dave Letterman.

The Marine Chamber Orchestra grew out of the Marine Band, known as “The President’s Own”.

Here is a timeline of the Marine Band- showing it is the oldest of the military music ensembles!

The Marines’ Hymn – some downloads for you:

Listen/download The Marines’ Hymn audio selection, recorded by the United States Marine Band.

Download The Marines’ Hymn sheet music for piano/vocal.

Download The Marines’ Hymn sheet music for band.

Listen here to all the hymns for each branch of the military:



Ensemble Recitals Coming Up!

There is a buzz in the air as we get closer to this great event for our entire CYM family.

If your student is one who is performing, you are no doubt hearing many run-through performances of their part. This week should be spent in practice performances as often as possible. Don’t forget to practice bowing, as well!

At each recital we will feature a faculty string ensemble playing music arranged by our own Mr. Chris, as well as an early childhood presentation of Zum Gali Gali, complete with ukulele accompaniment! Award presentation will also take place at both recitals, and Mr. Jake will be taking photos throughout.

A couple of reminders for performers: 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your recital time, check in with Ms. Karen, and find your seat. Students will sit in their assigned seat for the entire recital. Please dress nicely, and be sure your outfit is one in which you are comfortable performing. And don’t forget these thoughts about recital etiquette and easy ways to be a good audience:

Ensemble Recitals, November 9, 2019, at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

First Unitarian Church Shadyside, 605 Morewood Avenue


Antonio Hart, Jazz Great, to Hold Workshop

FREE Antonio Hart Workshop through the Kente Arts Alliance!

Sat, Dec 7, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Antonio Hart is a jazz artist, composer, and performer. You can catch him December 7th at 8:00pm at the New Hazlett Theater in concert with his sextet.

As a part of his visit to Pittsburgh, Hart will be presenting a jazz workshop, which will be free and open to students thanks to the Kente Arts Alliance. The workshop will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Afro American Music Institute, 7131 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh.

Any CYM students or faculty interested in broadening their understanding of jazz styles and performance should come to this free workshop. This will be an inspirational time and an opportunity to make a connection with not only this wonderful genre of music, but also with an artist who truly endeavors to impact and motivate young students.

Hart is a full-time tenured faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music – Queen’s College, NY. Read more about his extensive performing and teaching career here.

This event has been selected for our CYM families to be enjoyed as a benefit of the workshop and activities fee. Register today to provide a memorable experience in your student’s musical journey! 


CYM Faculty Featured as Guest Author

UniSound, a Pittsburgh organization dedicated to youth arts education and performance in Pittsburgh, recently invited our own Ms. Amy to write a guest blog.

Check it out here!

For more information about our offerings for babies, take a look at our Early Childhood Music and Movement department!

The Center for Young Musicians