News & Updates

You Are Invited! Community Concert Set for February 15th

Mark your calendars for this upcoming concert. Ms. Grace, Ms. Rochelle and Mr. Ryan will be regaling us with beautiful music on February 15, 2020 at our Sewickley location. The concert will begin at 5:00 pm, and will feature piano, violin and cello music performed by students and teachers.

Community Concerts provide performance opportunities for students, who in turn have the honor of hearing their teachers perform. Students in the audience may very well find themselves thinking “That will be me someday. I’ll be playing that!” or simply “Goals”.

The faculty trio will share music of Haydn, and will dazzle you with some Tango pieces that might have you dancing in the aisles!

This is sure to be an entertaining time Saturday Feb 15th at 5pm in Sewickley. All our best to the students and teachers! 

Openings for Voice Lessons

Center for Young Musicians has openings for lessons in singing. Why not schedule a four lesson trial for your student! In that time, our voice teacher, Ms. Lindsay, can coach for upcoming auditions, work on a school performance, or just get your student started on the right track!

When you think about it, all music students should have these major goals for their studies: that they can 1) look at a page of music and hear it in their head, and 2) to be able to sing their part! All musicians, of every instrument, should be able to match pitch and sing their music.

This is the perfect time to round out your student’s musical studies. Call or visit the website to schedule a four lesson trial today!

(724) 935-0505 

Violin Department Group This Weekend; Guitar, Piano Groups Scheduled

Calling all CYM violinists! Reminder that there is a Department Group this Saturday, January 25th, 10:00 am in Wexford.

Calling ALL Young Musicians: Department Groups are open to all ages and levels!

What is a Department Group? It’s a place to perform with and for other students to gain confidence in a friendly environment. Try out a piece, test your memory, or play something you are working on for a recital or contest. Pieces do not have to be performance-ready. Faculty will be on hand to offer feedback and coaching. Department Groups are a time to focus on performances, composers, repertoire, performance etiquette, audience etiquette, and more.                           Talk with your teacher to sign up!

Upcoming Department Groups:

Violin Department Group: January 25, 10:00 am in Wexford

Guitar Department Group: February 15th, 10:30 am, Wexford

Piano Department Group: February 22, 9:00 am, Sewickely


Book Recital Set for January 28!

On January 28th, Eliza Rizk will be completing her Suzuki Cello Book 3 graduation. Her performance of all the repertoire in the book is in the final stages of preparation. Mr. Ryan, her teacher, commented: “Book 3 is when my students take full musical leadership during the performance; the recital becomes a true collaboration”. What an exciting time in this musical journey.

Congratulations to Eliza and Mr. Ryan – keep up the great work!

Old Silent Movies with New Music -This Weekend!

When movies were being made at the beginning of the twentieth century, there was of course, no sound. This was before movies became “talkies” where dialogue and music could be incorporated into the production as a whole.

My grandmother was an organist for silent movies around 1918. She had a folio of music, titled “Loose-leaf Motion Picture Music” and she would determine which music selections to play to support the changing moods of the movie! So I have always been fascinated by this concept of movie music, and how it has changed over the years.

Fast-forward to today, and we find Pittsburgh-based composer and trumpet player Kyle Simpson has written original scores for two classic silent films. These compositions will be debuted in a unique audio-visual experience Saturday at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

The event will include a live chamber group playing Simpson’s scores, which will accompany the two French films made in 1902 and 1903.

Read here for more information!

Students Bring Music to the Masonic Village

Ten of our amazing CYM string players took time out of Martin Luther King day to bring music into the lives of the residents of Masonic Village at Sewickley. Everyone  benefited from the time together- audience and performers alike!

Thank you students and teachers for using music to bring joy to those in our community. Sharing our music is one of the most valuable things we do  as musicians.

Reminder: Lessons on Monday, January 20th (MLK Day)

Just a reminder that we do have lessons and classes on MLK Monday!

Cello Student, Rosa Yuo, Performs Book Recital

Congratulations to Rosa Yuo, student of Ryan Ash, for a beautiful and musical performance of Suzuki Book 2! Rosa exemplified poise and a command of her instrument, to the delight of those in attendance.

Demonstrating mastery of one Suzuki book serves as a graduation from that level. Now Rosa will move ahead to the repertoire of Book 3. Performing such a large repertoire of pieces takes concentration and perseverance, not to mention attention to detail and musicality. Job well done, Rosa!

Enjoy some photos from this big day:

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Needs Your Help!

Dear CYM families and students,

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is seeking participants for a small data gathering effort that will take place Saturday, January 18th 2020 at 10:15-11am. This initiative will conduct focus groups with the goal of learning more about how our organization can best serve local community members. We seek participants who have not previously been to a Philharmonic concert. Breakfast will be provided and you will be compensated with 4 free tickets to an upcoming Philharmonic concert.

Please contact Carolyn Keller at with any questions or to RSVP by January 8, 2020.

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Founded in 1975, the orchestra has emerged as an organization committed to artistic development and quality programming, with a goal of providing convenient and affordable access to orchestral music to the greater Pittsburgh community. The Philharmonic has approximately 70 members, ranging in age from 15 to 80, and hailing from throughout the tri-state area. All have talents that inspire others, like the hundreds of young people who have experienced our educational programs. The Philharmonic is committed to the creative expression of great music played passionately, with core traditions of education, affordability and accessibility.
Your support will help this initiative to be a success, which in turn will help the Pittsburgh Philharmonic inspire music lovers through our education and programming for years to come. We hope you consider participating.


Tara Shiver
Pittsburgh Philharmonic, President

Sewickley introduces new rules for parking!

The Sewickley Chamber of Commerce alerted us over the break that the Parking Authority Board has introduced and adjusted the rules for parking in downtown Sewickley. Below are are of the advertised changes which have been in effect since January 1st:

•      Minimum rate for Credit Card and Cash parking is $ 0.50 for an initial 30 min in Zone 1 & 2

•      After the initial base rate of $ 0.50/hhr the step rates will remain for credit cards at $ 0.50 for 30 min increments but will only be $ 0.25 for coin payment for 15 minute increments thereafter for both zones.

•      Parking enforcement  is active from 9 am – 6  pm Monday through Saturday.

•      Additional time can be purchased within Zone parking limits.

•      Zone 1 has a maximum of 3 hours per transaction – $ 3.- for the allowed max period.

•      Zone 2 allows you to purchase to the end time (9am – 6pm) – equates to $ 9.- per day.

Sewickley’s parking ambassadors are instructed to help and assist your customers and the many visitors adjusting to the new rules. For more information, check out

The Center for Young Musicians