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CYM Solo Recital Pictures!

Our Solo Recitals were captured this year with photographs of our CYM students, teachers, and staff in action! Scroll through the photos below to enjoy and relive that special day. And this is not all! Additional pictures will be uploaded soon. Our Marketing Manager, Jake Niehl, continues to be very busy documenting this important day for all of us, so stay tuned. If you see a photograph you particularly like, we will be bringing information to you soon about how you can order your own prints! For now, enjoy!

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Collaborate, Create, Crossover – Calling ALL Teens!

It’s time for the big announcement… 

The Center for Young Musicians is partnering with Sweetwater Center for the Arts to create a brand new space for teenagers interested in the arts.  After the grand opening of Sweetwater’s specialty teen gallery Studio419,  just a couple of doors down from CYM in Sewickley, we were excited by the possibility of collaboration.

The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to provide teens with a space where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way.

Sign up for the first session, which explores creating comics and listening to your favorite cartoon and movie music on Saturday, June 1st, here.

 

Spend the summer with us!

Saturday, June 1: Cartoon x Cartooning

Friday, June 14: Blues x Monochromatic Colors

Saturday, June 29: Pop x Pop Art

Friday, July 12: Improv x Happy Accidents

Saturday, July 27: Jazz x Graffiti

Friday, August 9: Video Games x Scene Perspective

*For a special discounted price, sign up for the entire summer series here!*

Plus, join us at the end of the summer for a celebratory barbecue!

 

 

CYM Trios: Ensembles in Action

Six CYM students performed this week at St. James Church, for a pre-concert presentation. CYM’s piano trios from Wexford and Sewickley performed 6 pieces beautifully for a very appreciative and welcoming audience! Trios are traditionally comprised of piano, violin, and cello.
Pictured (from left to right): Ms. Leah, Clara Yuo, Alexa Bronkaj, Yazan Alissa, Alena Gurevich, Abby Bojalad, Elliott Drake, Ms. Simmi.
Thank you students, for sharing your gifts with the community! And thank you, Ms. Leah and Ms. Simmi, for your leadership and mentoring of these fine young musicians.
And a heads up to our CYM family: these trios will be performing again – this time on the Saturday Light Brigade radio show on June 1st, so tune in!

CYM Violinists Entertain at Heinz Hall

CYM students performed for symphony-goers yesterday at Heinz Hall! Violin music filled the air in a pre-concert offering as patrons gathered to hear the PSO which was featuring violinist, Vilde Frang.

Heinz Hall hosts an eclectic mix of pre-concert performances that enhance the concert-going experience, and showcase community musicians in the elegant spotlight of the Grand Lobby.

Thank you teachers and students for beautifully representing the Center for Young Musicians in this pre-concert presentation!

Trio Prepares for Concert!

Over the weekend, CYM students, Clara Yuo (piano), Alexa Bronkaj (violin) and Yazan Alissa (cello), rehearsed their piano trio music for their upcoming concert at St. James Church in Sewickley on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm. Sharing the program with them will be another piano trio, made up of Abby Bojalad (piano), Alena Gurevich (violin) and Elliott Drake (cello).

Come support our young musicians -hope to see you tomorrow!

 

 

CYM Welcomes New Communications Manager, Jake Niehl!

The Center for Young Musicians is proud to announce that Jake Niehl has joined our team as Communications Manager! Jake came to us on a part-time basis a few months ago to work on graphic design and marketing, but recently was promoted to be the manager over all CYM communications. You have probably already noticed his amazing artwork on our website, our posters, and our social media. Here is a little background on Jake:

Jake hails from Irwin, PA. He attended Penn-Trafford High School and graduated from Robert Morris University in 2013 with a degree in Media Arts with a focus in Graphic Design. Mr. Niehl worked for three years as a camera operator/floor director for WPXI Channel 11 News, one year as the Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer for Premier Promotional Solutions, and most recently worked for My BFF Social before accepting his new position at CYM.

Jake says: “While I do not have a music degree, I’ve been involved in music since I was a child. In high school, I played the trumpet, trombone, and baritone. I was an assistant drum major of the marching band, and was in the musicals my junior and senior years (even learned how to tap dance!). I’m extremely excited to formally become a part of the CYM family and cannot wait to begin my journey here.”

Jake is pictured below with his sister, Julie. Enjoy a sampling of his artwork to date:

 

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Welcome, Jake!

CYM Solo Recitals: A Parent’s Guide 

This Saturday may be your very first recital with your child, or it may be your twelfth! Either way, it is a big day. A recital is a time to celebrate, and to share musical progress with family and the CYM community. A recital gives students something to work for. It is important to take a piece of music all the way to the polished, performance-ready stage. It also helps teachers gauge a student’s progress in a tangible way. Gatherings such as this also serve to motivate. Seeing an older student play an advanced piece can help younger students have something to work toward. And the trophies, ribbons, and certificates can also be a motivating factor, giving each student a picture in their mind of where they could be this time next year! Encourage your child to enjoy the day, and to dream of tomorrow.

Big days can bring some pressures, so here are some thoughts as you get ready for Saturday:

Preparation

The best way to get ready is to practice! Well, that may seem obvious. But practice performing. In other words, have a few mock recitals in your home so that your child can get used to the feeling of playing for others. In addition, you might talk to your child about the music- ask what their favorite part is, and who the composer is. Older students should be able to tell you what key the piece is written in, as well.

A dress rehearsal at home can also help get the performer past that uncomfortable feeling of playing in new clothes or shoes! Students should be a little dressed up for a recital, but if that means new shoes or suit and tie, or a dress, they should practice playing in those clothes. It will feel just a little different! You may change your mind about those clothes after trying them out in a performance. (That tutu just doesn’t look as good on the piano bench as it did in the dance recital!) Talk to your teacher if you have questions about what your student should wear.

Performing

Our recitals are held at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside (605 Morewood Avenue), in their beautiful sanctuary. Students should arrive at least 20 minutes early. The students will sit in a designated spot up front on the left side. Teachers will be on hand to direct each student, telling them when to stand, when to walk up, etc. This helps to ensure that the recital moves along swiftly, with few pauses. Pictures will be taken all day by CYM staff, so that you can enjoy the moment with your child.

The Audience

All our students have worked hard to get to this day. The audience’s role is to be quiet, respectful listeners, and, of course, exuberant applauders! During the performance, keep distractions to a minimum by putting your phone on silent mode, and not moving around while students are playing. Feel free to carry an overly vocal baby out if necessary- come back in when you can. Don’t forget to smile while students are playing – it actually does help them feel at ease!

The Reception

Time to celebrate! When the recital is over, we will have a small reception just across the hall from the sanctuary! Grab some coffee and sweets and go out in the courtyard as the weather allows. Take selfies with the teachers and meet other families!

All of us at the Center for Young Musicians are thankful that you have entrusted your child’s musical journey to us. We are honored to help bring the love and joy of music to your student and to your family! Congratulations on all the successes so far. Let’s mark another one this Saturday.

Now Announcing… Off The Record!

You voted, and the results are in!  Formally known as “Friday Night Club,” this teen meet-up received a makeover, and we can’t wait to share it with you!  “Off the Record” is a low-pressure environment for teens to enjoy in snacks, meet new friends, and share their favorite music, guided by one of our expert CYM faculty.

Teens spend a lot of time hard at work with an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders, whether its practicing their music, studying for exams, participating in extracurricular activities, volunteering, and more.  Sometimes we all need a break, and that’s okay!  Join CYM to re-ignite the sense of fun and curiosity that lead to the first time of picking up that instrument.

Plus… we have a very special partnership that we can’t wait to announce!  Tune in to the Take Note each week for more special updates on “Off the Record!”

Achievement Day Recap

Really meaningful progress in practice time comes from setting goals. Sharing those goals with others and receiving positive reinforcement makes it not only more enjoyable, but also makes that growth more effective and more deeply rooted in habit!

Our most recent Achievement Day was a grand success as students learned to set and achieve goals in their practice or performance! Several students participated in this wonderful opportunity for students and their teachers. To prepare, teachers helped their students set an achievable goal in one of their pieces. The student then played that goal – or the whole piece – and received immediate feedback from CYM instructors! 

Talk with your teacher today about setting a goal… for the next event at CYM!!

 

 

 

Father of CYM Student Named Sewickley Herald Citizen of the Year

The Center for Young Musicians sends its warmest congratulations to Bob Patternson Jr. (father of cello student Bobby Patterson), for being awarded with Sewickley Herald Citizen of the Year.  Bob has been president of the Sewickley Community Center for over a year, which is a center of African-American recreational programs, including athletics, crafts, clubs and early childhood education.  He is the fourth generation of his family to be involved, with his great-grandparents helping found the center in 1935.  Thank you Bob for making  Sewickley a vibrant community to be a part of!

To read more and watch a video featuring Bob, check out this link!

https://sewickley.triblive.com/sewickley-native-chosen-as-citizen-of-the-year/

The Center for Young Musicians