Monday, September 27, 2010

CYM Violinists take the stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Family Concert

Join CYM Violinists as they perform at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

CYM is proud to support our young violinists- Meredith Hudock, Madeline Marco Scanlon, Elsa Lagerquist, Haley Raphael, and Anthony Cicco as they perform the "Bach Double" on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a part of the 2010-2011 Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series concert on Saturday, October 30th at 11:15 a.m.. Pre-concert activities begin at 10:15. Be sure to join in on the fun!

*CYM Toddler and Twinkler parents, this marvelous family friendly concert series is a great opportunity for your little one to learn and engage in music. We highly recommend your family attend this and any Fiddlesticks Family Concert.

Click here for: Information and Tickets

CYM Violinists perform before Music Plus Concert at St. James Parish, Sewickley

CYM violinists performed before the inaugural concert of the Music Plus Concert Series at St. James Parish in Sewickley at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26th. The concert featured vocalist Denise Sheffey Powell. CYM violinists Emily Watters, Julia Freeman, Anna Genter, and Isabelle Genter performed their pieces preceeding the concert accompanied by Donna Amato. Excellent job, violinists! Thank you to our participating families and all in attendance.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Opening Weekend Performances

Below is a great offer to CYM Families and Faculty- reduced rates on tickes to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend- their opening weekend!

Here are the details-
Friday, September 24 at 8 PM

Saturday, September 25 at 8 PM

Sunday, September 26 at 2:30 PM

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a colorful and dynamic piece inspired by a dazzling garden in Scotland based on patterns found in nature, physics, and mathematics. Rhapsody, based on Paganini's well-known Violin Caprice No. 24, is one of Rachmaninoff's most popular and virtuosic compositions. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony may be the most famous piece of music ever written. Every note, from the recognizable opening theme to the regal finale, will have you on the edge of your seat.
Call 412.392.4819 to guarantee your tickets!
Student tickets for BNY Mellon Grand Classics and PNC Pops concerts start at only $12. Faculty and staff tickets start at $17.
Student, Faculty & Staff Subscriptions:

Subscriptions are available to all students, faculty & staff. With the purchase of at least seven concerts in the BNY Mellon Grand Classics Series, you may enjoy benefits such as a free upgrade to Family Circle* and ticket exchange flexibility-When your schedule changes so can your tickets! Exchanges can be made up to 48 hours before a performance.

*Subject to availability.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Former CYM Student Kathryn Westerlund featured on From the Top


Tune in to Hear Pennsylvania Musicians on From the Top!

Thanks to those who joined From the Top for a wonderful radio taping at the Gettysburg Festival this June, featuring Pennsylvania natives: 16-year-old violinist Elaine Kang from Port Matilda and 13-year-old cellist Kathryn Westerlund (pictured right) from Lebanon.

Be sure to tune in to the broadcast:

• Greater Philadelphia’s 90.1 WRTI - Sunday, Sept 26 at 2pm

• Greater Harrisburg’s 89.5 WITF - Sunday, Sept 26 at 7pm

• Greater Pittsburgh’s 89.3 WQED - Saturday, Sept 25 at 5pm

You can also listen to the show online If you liked the show, tell a friend!

Pictured above is Kathryn Westerlund. Photo compliments of From the Top.

Kathryn attended CYM from 2000-2005 beginning in Early Childhood Music and went on to study cello with Ms. Victoria McGinnis. What a proud accomplishment- Congratulations, Kathryn! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Parent Orientation Meeting this Saturday!

As you fall into a new routine this school year, we want to invite new and returning families for an evening of answering your "whys, hows, and whatfors" in our Fall Parent Orientation Meeting. This particular get-together will include information beneficial for every parent, but will focus on topics pertaining to our Early Childhood Music students- Toddler and Twinkler parents. It is set for this coming Saturday evening, September 25th starting at 4:00p.m. at the Wexford Community Presbyterian church. Topics of the afternoon are set to include:
  • An overview of your child's music development and progression through CYM from an infant to graduate
  • An explanation of our American Legends and Classical program courses
  • What you can do at home to foster your child's love of music and success in studies
  • An look at the Early Childhood Music program's curriculum goals, focus, and the impact it has on your child's musical journey
A portion of the Parent Orientation Meeting will be open to your questions and comments. Light refreshments will be provided. Should you want to submit a question in advance to be answered at the meeting, or cannot attend, but would like to have your question answered, please send it along to:

Mark your calendar to attend this helpful meeting!

Friday, September 17, 2010

October is Practice Challenge Month!

Get geared up and ready, because October is a Practice Challenge month! October would be a fantastic time to complete your first 30 day challenge or begin your 100 day or even 300 day challenge. Check the bins in Wexford and Sewickley for your Practice Challenge calendar, and get to practicing!

Guitarists to perform at Fern Hollow Nature Center Fall Music Festival

Mr. Mark Marston, CYM guitar instructor, and members of CYM’s guitar studio– David Weale, Bernardo Vieira, Anders Villwock, and Naman Dua, were a featured group at Fern Hollow Nature Center’s Eighth annual Music Festival last year in Sewickley.

Mark your calendar for this Saturday, September 18th, to attend the Fern Hollow Nature Center Fall Music Festival where under the direction of CYM guitar instructor Mr. Mark Marston, CYM guitarists Manav Kathir, Allison Spear, Bernardo Vieira, David Weale, Anders Villwock, and Carl Villwock will be performing between 3:00-4:00. For more inforamtion on the festival, go to:

Be sure to check out the details on our Take Note blog calendar feature for directions!

Cellists to perform at Villa St. Joseph Young at Heart Benefit

Madeline Marco-Scanlon, Meredith Hudock, Elsa Lagerquist, and Nathan Cully perform at the 2009 Young at Heart Benefit

CYM is proud to once again feature our student performers at Villa St. Joseph's Young at Heart Benefit dinner and auction this year in Baden, PA at 6:00 this evening. Cellists Ms. Rowena Gutana and Hannah Synnott will be gracing this evening's guests with their lovely repertoire. Proceeds from Young at Heart benefit the Benevolent Care Fund at Villa St. Joseph, which provides approximately $400,000 annually to more than 60 percent of its 120 residents.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mom, are we there yet?

Many of our families have been held up in the road construction project located along Route 910 this week- what a bummer!

Keep road work and traffic delays in mind as you plan your route to and from CYM a make your commute a breeze by using this handy constriction tracker from PennDot. Simply open the link below and choose "Southwestern Region (Pittsburgh)" in the drop down box provided.

Turn in Your Contact Preferences Form

Have you filled out a Contact Preferences sheet for your family yet?

Pick up a sheet at the Wexford Desk or in Sewickley bin and place in the folder provided.

 ...But I thought I gave you my information- why do I have to fill this out?
Many of our returning families have already provided us their information, but if you look closely at the form, we would like to know how to best contact you during the year. We will need to reach you during the year about anything from rescheduling your child's lesson to special performances to emergency situations.  Also, many families forget to update us when they have moved or changed their phone number. This form insures the right message gets to the right person at the right time!

A great big thank you to the families who have already turned in their forms!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Welcome Back!

This week is just flying by, and it has been so nice seeing all of the friendly faces back at CYM! As you get back into the flow of your routine this Fall, familiarize yourself once again with CYM's policies and routines this school year:
  • Teachers are handing out the new Parent Guide 2010-2011 to all students as well as binders and CYM totes for new families. Returning families, if you need a new tote or binder to replace yours, be sure to ask for one! The Parent Guide is also located on our website at by clicking on the "Resources" tab and selecting "Parents Page." ***Please note: the page is password protected, so be sure to ask your teacher for the Username and Password, or call 724-935-0505 to reach an Administrator who would be happy to help you!
  • Remember to remove your shoes when you arrive! Little ones play in the waiting rooms and play areas of each location, and keeping outside dirt outside is essential to keeping everyone healthy!
  • Remember also to wash your hands before and after your class or lesson. It is important to wash your hands to keep germs and pathogens from spreading from person to person. Please read and use the instructions posted in our Wexford and Sewickley facilities on the proper way to wash your hands.
  • Keep our children safe in our Wexford location by following our parking protocol:
    • When you pull in to the lot, back in to your parking spot so you are pulling forward to leave. This is so you are not backing up toward the school entrance where children may be entering or exiting.
    • Cars pull in the driveway entrance to the right of the building, and exit out of the driveway to the left. This way vehicles are not colliding as they enter/exit.
    • Please do not park in the horizontal area outside of the back entrance. Vehicles cannot pull around your car to exit.
    • There is additional parking in a small lot in the front of the building. Be sure to use it if the back lot is full.
We want all of our families to have a safe and happy school year here at CYM! Please feel free to contact your teacher or an Administrator with any questions you may have. Send your inquiries to: or 724-935-0505