Monday, December 19, 2011

CYM's Winter Break Begins Today

by Pittsburgh painter Linda Barnicott

As a reminder, CYM's Winter break is today, December 19th through Saturday, December 31st. 
Have a warm and happy holiday, and we will see you all back again in the New Year!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Very Merry Weekend at review!

Eden and Winchester Thurston Students at Pristine Pines, Holiday 2010
Thursday, December 8, 4:15 pm:  CYM's Eden Christian Academy and Winchester Thurston Strings School Day Programs spread cheer to the residents of Hampton Fields Village this evening with festive holiday music!

Reka Gotz (above) and Alexandra Schnatterly performs at PPG Wintergarden 2010
Saturday, December 10, 4:00-5:00 pm: CYM student pianists and guitarists perform among the iconic holiday display at the Wintergarden at PPG Place. Performers, be sure to arrive at 3:30 pm, and bring your instruments (guitarists), and music with you. Ms. Sonia and Mr. Mark will seat students in order to perform.

This performance is open to all CYM families, and is free and open to the public!

Candlelight Evenings at Phipps Conservatory
Sunday, December 11, 3:00-4:00 pm: CYM student violinists and cellists perform among Phipp's Winter Botanical display as part of the Candlelight Evenings the month of December. Performers, please arrive at 2:30 at the main entrance of Phipp's. Please remember to bring your music, instruments, stands, and stools.

Families will be provided one complementary ticket for admission per performer to be used for a family member's admission- please find Autumn upon entrance to Phipp's for your ticket. Performers need no ticket to be admitted. Family and friends will need to purchase a ticket to attend. Tickets may be purchased at Phipp's that day. More information here.

Pictures from PPG Wintergarden and Phipps Conservatory...enjoy! Many more photos can be found on the Center for Young Musicians Facebook page. Parents, if you would like to share your lovely photos from this weekend, please send them over to, or just tag us in your Facebook submissions!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Traffic Delays near CYM Wexford tomorrow!

Saturday families, be aware of traffic restrictions for your trip to CYM Wexford tomorrow! Read more about it here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011 Holiday Event Schedule

Sewickley Light Up Night- What you need to know!

CYM's annual performance at Light Up Night this year should be a great one! 

A favorite of the CYM community, Sewickley Yuletide Light Up Night festivities launch the holiday season for the surrounding community with the quaint downtown as a backdrop to live entertainment, carriage rides, and fireworks! CYM families, friends, are welcome to attend this fun event- it is free and open to the public.

Performers and their families, please make a note of the following information for Friday evening:

  • PARKING- You are encouraged to utilize the parking available in the free Sewickley Valley Hospital parking lot- exit the lot and walk down Locust Street onto Beaver. Use this handy map to navigate other free parking areas. 
  • TIMING- The students are arranged in 30 minute blocks.  Please be prompt and arrive 10 minutes early to get instruments out and tuned.  We ask that you be flexible as the possibility to go a little earlier or later than your time slot may arise.  
  • SPACE- Enter Penguin Bookshop at the front entrance on Beaver Street. CYM staff will be present to guide you where you need to go. Space in the Munchkin's Loft (upstairs) will be tight so parents should be prepared to hold their child’s violin or cello case for the duration of their performance.  
  • INSTRUMENTS- Some of you have asked if it would be possible to leave instruments at the Penguin Book Shop while enjoying the rest of the evening; due to the space constraints that won’t be possible.  
  • DRESS- Feel free to wear fun holiday attire. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather! 

Final Student Performance Schedule   (for your reference)

1)  Anna Murray, piano – Jingle Bells
2)  Ava Heinricher, violin -- Allegretto from book 1 Suzuki, & Good  
King Wenceslas. 
3)  Grant Goetze, violin – What Child is This(with Ms. Leah Givelber)
4)  Lucille McCargo, piano - Jingle Bells & Twinkle Theme
5)  Emma Bellote, piano – Silent Night  
6)  Rachel Spear, piano – Away in a Manger
7)  Bruce David piano - Up on the Housetop & Jingle Bells
8)  Betsy Watters, piano - What Child is This & Christmas Day Secrets 
9)  Johnny Watters, piano - Jingle Bell Boogie & Minuet in G
10) Fife McCargo, piano - Angels We Have Heard on High & Minuet in G
11) Grant McCargo, piano - O Holy Night and Rondo
6:30 PM:
1.  Emma Lammert, violin – Good King Wenceslas (with Mr. Lammert)
2.  Annie Commerci, violin- Jingle Bells
3.  Gabi Gotz, piano - O Christmas Tree & Chant Arabe
4.  Julianna Faber, piano - O Come All Ye Faithful 
5.  Andrew Li, piano - Jingle Bells & Twinkle Theme
6.  Annie Commerci, piano- Christmas Day Secrets & Chant Arabe
7.  Joshua Faber, piano - We Wish You a Merry Christmas 
8.  Elsa Gordon, piano - O Come All Ye Faithful & Twinkle Variation A
9.  Reka Gotz, piano - Carol of the Bells & Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring


1)  Olivia McLeod, violin – Chorus from Judas Maccabeus
2)  Andres Bonilla, Olivia McLeod, Adam Ward, Anna Genter, violin – Up on a Housetop
3)  Anna Straka, violin – Silent night (Isabel Straka, piano acc.) & The Holly and the Ivy (Ms. Leah violin acc.)
4)  Kathryn Allen, piano - Good King Wenceslas & Jingle Bells 
5)  Anna Straka, piano - Angels We Have Heard on High
6)  Isabel Straka, piano - O Holy Night
7)  Ben Capozzi, piano - Silent Night & Allegretto 1 
8)  Nick Straka, piano - Up on the Housetop 


1)  Heather, Hope and Ms. Stella , violin – Joy to the World & Up on the Housetop
2)  Nicholas Vieira, violin - Lightly Row 
3)  Bernardo Vieira, violin - Minuet 1 & Silent Night
4)  Anna Genter, violin – Minuet by Boccherini 
5)  Isabelle Genter & Anna Genter, violin - 
6)  Josephine Reiter, violin - Minuet 1 from book 1 Suzuki, & Jingle Bells
7)  Isabel Graham, piano - Pat-a-Pan & Whirling Leave
8)  Nicholas Vieira, piano - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

9)  Carsyn Nash, piano – We wish you a Merry Christmas
10) Natalie Williams, piano - Carol of the Bells & Christmas Time is Here
11) Lindsay Williams, piano - Away in a Manger 
12) Tony McCann, piano - Christmas Time is Here
13) Coleman Carey, cello – Twinkle Theme or Blues
14) Colin Helbling, cello –  Jingle Bells
15) Bob Carey, cello – We wish you a Merry Christmas & Silent Night

A great big Thank You to Ms. Ingrid Beute, our lead faculty member, CYM teachers and staff, and the great folks at Penguin Bookshop for making this evening possible!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, 
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

We have much to be thankful for here at CYM- 
we wish all our families a warm, blessed holiday.
Thanksgiving break is November 22-26.
Classes resume Monday, November 28th.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Give Thanks Community Concert with Ms. Ingrid Beute... in review!

Andres Bonilla

Gabriel Gotz

Ms. Ingrid Beute

Lochlan McGinnis
Haley Raphael, Meredith Hudock, Anthony Cicco

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ensemble Recital and Practice Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to all students who performed in the Annual CYM Ensemble Recital on Saturday, November 5th! Special thanks to CYM faculty and staff for making this great afternoon of music possible. 

 Thomas Synnott, cellist, CYM Dad, and media guru recorded portions of the recital here to share with our families! Enjoy!

Congratulations are also in order for our October 2011 Practice Challenge Winners:
Be sure to check out all the pictures on our Facebook page!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sign Up to Perform at Sewickley Light Up Night

Annual Ensemble Recital is November 5th- What you Need to Know

Next Saturday at 3 pm is our first all school event of the season– the Fall Ensemble Recital at Marshall Middle School!  All CYM students, families and friends are invited to attend.  Most CYM instrumental students will be performing, so the recital should provide a lovely afternoon full of music. ECM families, this is a great opportunity for your Toddler or Twinkler student to hear and see all the different instruments in action- be sure to attend!

All performers need to arrive at Marshall Middle School by 2:30 pm in order to have their instruments tuned and to find their assigned seats before the concert time. The dress for all performers is black pants or skirts, white tops, or black dresses.  All skirts and dresses should be at the knee or below, and no sneakers or flip flops on stage please.   

Performers who are involved in the Star Spangled Banner performance that morning  for the Tae Kwon Do Tournament at the Pine Richland Youth Center should also wear black and white concert dress to both performances. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Candlelight Recital featuring Ms. Rowena Gutana and Nathan Carterette

Ms. Rowena and Nathan Carterette at CYM's June Community Concert
CYM's own Rowena Gutana, cello and Nathan Carterette, piano are preforming as part of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church All Saints Music Festival, held during the week of November 1-6.

Their Candlelight Recital will be held in the sanctuary of St. Andrew's Church on Friday, November 4th at 8:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public. The All-Bach program will include the Goldberg Variations and Unaccompanied Suite for Cello. Click through for more information on Nathan Carterette, and St. Andrew's Music.

Ms. Rowena wants to extend a welcome to all CYM students and families. Mark your calendar for this lovely evening of music.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Community Concert featuring Leah Givelber and Ingrid Beute... In Review!

Enjoy the fall harvest of CYM’s students and faculty on October 15 at 4 pm at the Wexford Community Presbyterian Church!

Student performers will share works by Bach, Vivaldi and more.

Leah Givelber, violin, and Ingrid Beute, piano, will play the Sonata in E Major, Opus 1 no. 15 by Handel, The Strenuous Life by Scott Joplin and Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copland. 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Saturday's Community Concert!  Pictures of the lovely afternoon below...