Monday, July 25, 2011

Goodbye to Michelle Bitler (for a little while)

Ms. Tanya and Ms. Michelle performed at their dual community concert last year

Ms. Michelle plays on CYM's Sweet 16 Concert

Ms. Tanya, Ms. Rowena, and Ms. Rochelle performed a lovely trio

Ms. Rowena and Ms. Michelle pause for a picture during the 2008 visit to the White House

Alison Shiflett and Ms. Michelle at a community concert

This week marks Michelle’s last week at CYM for a time.  Michelle is taking a leave for the next year to spend time with her family and with her family’s horse boarding business.  Luckily Michelle will not be far away. She will also be a part of some faculty performances next year - keep an eye out for when she will be performing!     

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Britta Lagerquist Graduates Violin Book Three!

Sisters Karolina and  Britta Lagerquist after a successful recital

Congratulations are in order for Britta Lagerquist upon her graduation from Suzuki violin Book Three. Britta, accompanied by her sister Karolina on piano, presented her graduation recital last Tuesday evening, July 19th, to the warm reception of CYM friends and family at CYM Wexford. Bravo on this great milestone, Britta!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pirates vs. Astros: CYM Strings perform our National Review!

Participants checked in to the Park offices at 5:30 and patiently waited, tuned, and polished their piece in the administrative underbelly of PNC Park stadium. With much anticipation,students and staff were led on field and assembled behind home plate. During the short wait time until on-field ceremonies, students enjoyed the up-close pre-game rituals and activities of cameramen and sportscasters, and were even conducted by our Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot, sporting a "McClucken" jersey! 
Under the direction of Ms. Leah Givelber, Ms. Rowena Gutana, and Ms. Rochelle Agnew, our poised violinists and cellists presented their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to a warm and appreciative crowd. The group exited the field with waves of hello to family and friends in the stands amid smiles and thank yous from the waiting Pirates players, media, and staff, then readying for the start of the game. Afterward, students and families enjoyed a beautiful evening of baseball- the Bucs pulled ahead with a 3-1 lead, but went on to be defeated by the Astros in the later innings. No matter, as the summer breeze, picturesque skyline, rollicking crowd, and racing pierogies reminded everyone of just how special a night in Pittsburgh can be. 

Thank you again, to all of our families and participants for an unforgettable evening!

Congratulations to:

Julia Solomon
Annie Chimera
Bob Carey
Coleman Carey
Josephine Reiter
Annie Comerci
Britta Lagerquist
Karsten Lagerquist
Abigail Hartman
Anna Straka
Colin Helbling
Kazumasa Tobita
Meredith Hudock
Anthony Cicco
Alexandra Schnatterly
Julia Freeman
Elliott Drake

Colin Helbling
Julian Shipp
Walter Navid
Ava Heinricher
Nora Navid
Anna Straka

It's a CYM night in Pittsburgh!