News & Updates

“Cello Crew” Performing Class Beginning this Fall!

A new performing group for cellists, led by Mr. Ryan, is forming now and will begin this fall. This will be a Monday evening class held in our Sewickley location. Cellists ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to join! This group class will provide opportunities to develop musicianship skills as well as performing experience. Not to mention that music is more fun when you get to collaborate with friends! Make time to join in with something new at CYM, and get ready for some amazing music-making this year!

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Sewickley

Contact Mr. Ryan for more details!


Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle’s Community Concert

Join Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle for their joint community concert! The concert starts at 3:00 p.m.  on July 21st at CYM Sewickley. See you there!

Ms. Grace’s Young Artists Ambassadors Recital

The Center for Young Musicians is incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderfully talented and hard working students.  In particular, our older students exemplify dedication, aptitude, and skillfulness. On Friday, Ms. Grace will be showcasing three students who embody these attributes. Ms. Réka Götz, Ms. Hafsah Shahzad, and Mr. Manus McGinnis will each be performing multiple pieces for an evening of classic pieces from Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, and many others. Join us on Friday, July 19th at CYM Sewickley for an enchanting evening of music and celebration.

It’s time to enroll for 2019!!!

Fall will be upon us before you know it! Be sure to enroll for 2019 before it’s too late!

If you are a new or returning student who would like to enroll for the school year, please download the enrollment form below. Once completed, you can e-mail the enrollment form to or mail it to 120 Lake Drive, Wexford, PA 15090.

2019-2020 Registration Form

If you would prefer to start off with a 4-week initial trial period, please click the link below.


Young Violinist Plays Book 1 Recital

Jonah Tedford, age 8, played a Book 1 recital this past week. Accompanied by his mother, Dr. Shasha Piastro-Tedford, Jonah played for his group class at our Wexford location. The group is taught by Ms. Rochelle, and Ms. Leah is Jonah’s private teacher. Congratulations to all!

Bravo, Jonah!

CYM Students Aim for Ambassador Certificate

Several CYM students are embarking on a journey to complete the Center for Young Musicians Ambassador Certificate! Designed for advancing students, the program requires a performance repertoire of at least three pieces. A concert is presented with each student performing three or four selections of music. In addition, the performers will present a brief lecture on each composer and composition.

This is sure to be an exciting and informative event. Please mark your calendars for this free concert, held at 7:00 PM, July 19th, at our Sewickley location.

Stay tuned for more information about our performers!

*LIMITED* Lion King Tickets!

Join CYM for a musical that is fun for the whole family.  On September 8th, bring your family to the Benedum to see the Lion King!

Tickets are limited, so click here now to get yours!

CYM Faculty at the International Musikgarten Festival in NC

Our Musikgarten and Piano faculty, Amy Rucker, recently coordinated an international biennial event for Musikgarten. Held in Charlotte, NC, Musikgarten’s Festival, which celebrated Musikgarten’s 25th year, featured four National Teacher Trainers, pictured here:

Ms. Amy, far right, presented an active session on movement, which explored the purpose and application of movement at all levels of the Musikgarten Curriculum.  The focus in the Babies and Toddler curriculum  was identifying characteristics of the music that can be experienced through moving, such as tiptoeing every time the strings play pizzicato.  Looking at Music Makers  levels, Ms. Amy had the teachers create a “movement round” which puts characteristics of movement into a story-telling experience, then mixing the levels of movement by forming groups that begin the “movement story” at different times. CYM uses Musikgarten to instill musical experiences in young children, through movement, listening, playing instruments, and singing!

Teachers use this kind of continuing education event to work toward certification in National Teacher Associations such as ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association).

Great job, Ms. Amy!

To learn more about Musikgarten at CYM, contact Ms. Amy!



Did we get your attention? This is not just something your 7 year old says, this is the title of one of two pieces performed recently in a music festival in North Carolina!

CYM faculty member, Mr. Ryan, performs with the Beo String Quartet, which was featured in the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Small Batch Concert Series in Charlotte, NC. The quartet performed in a radio broadcast in the John Clark Performance Studio; the link to that interview and performance is here.

Hosted by WDAV General Manager and Content Director, Frank Dominguez, the show highlighted two new compositions for string quartet, including the title above, composed by Kerrith Livengood. Livengood’s website describes her composition this way:

This is My Scary Robot Voice “features speech rhythms intoning an anxious inner monologue, which the New York Times described as ‘sketchy seeming.'”

This composition won 1st place in the CNM National Composition Competition in partnership with the Beo String Quartet! Up next for Mr. Ryan and the Quartet: a studio recording of This is My Scary Robot Voice!

A second selection was titled “Winter”, from String Quartet No. 5: Waníyetu by award-winning composer, Marc Mellits. “Waníyetu” is the native American Lakota word for “winter”. Listen to the music and see if you can feel and imagine the icy coldness of winter! Composed in 2015, the music alternates between calm, snowy, serene landscapes, and flurries of complex rhythms, with strident, accented motifs that take the listener into the harshness of wind, sleet, and deep snow!

Tell us what you hear in both of these pieces in the comments- we would love to get your reactions! You never know, there might be a follow-up to this blog featuring the thoughts and interpretations of our CYM students!

Congratulations, Mr. Ryan, on all your marvelous performances and collaborations this summer!


Clara Yuo Book Recital

This past weekend, friends and family of Clara Yuo were treated to an evening of beautiful piano music! Clara, who is twelve years old and a rising seventh grader, has been taking piano lessons at CYM for eight years. Her Friday evening recital was held in Sewickley, where she performed on our beautiful and storied concert grand! The recital, which lasted about 25 minutes, consisted of all eleven pieces from Suzuki Piano Book 4.

Here is Clara, pictured with her teacher, Ms. Simmi:

Bravo to Clara for a beautiful book recital!


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