Monday, November 28, 2016

W+A program presents: Jazz Workshop featuring Roger Humphries

Jazz Workshop featuring Roger Humphries

Saturday, January 21 @ 1:00-2:15 pm

CYM Sewickley– 437 Beaver Street, Steinway Room

We are honored to host jazz great Roger Humphries with a masterclass session as part of the CYM Workshops + Activities program. A Pittsburgh native and world renowned percussionist with a storied career, Mr. Humphries has provided the rhythmic beat for such greats as Ray Charles, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie, and many, many more. An educator, Mr. Humphries’ mission is to enrich Pittsburgh’s present and future jazz community.  

Open to all student instrumentalists in Grade 6 and above to actively delve into the improvisational world of Mr. Humphries and his team.

Students of all ages are invited to observe each masterclass session as well as learn the “C Jam Blues” to participate in group improvisation exercise!

REGISTER using the 2016-2017 CYM Workshops and Activities Program Registration sheet, or email W+A Coordinator, Rochelle Agnew at
$55 for Workshop admission per family, or use your Workshops and Activities credit to admit your family.

Deadline to register - January 7, 2016                                                                   


Monday, November 21, 2016

The 2016 Holiday Concert Season is almost here!

Can you believe it?
Holiday performances are right around the corner. We hope you and your family plan to come and make merry with your fellow musicians at these great upcoming events!

Students, if you have not already, please confirm with your teacher which of the holiday performances you are participating in. Do you have a question about a specific event? Contact the faculty lead of each event below:

CYM Concert Season Holiday 2016 
  • Sewickley Light Up Night  
    Friday, December 25:30-8:30pm
    CYM Sewickley at 437 Beaver Street. Faculty lead is Miss Simmi

  • CYM Violins at Carnegie Museum of Art 
    Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm
    Carnegie Museum of Art Lobby. Faculty lead is Miss Rochelle.  

  • Candlelight Concert
    Friday, December 9, 7:00 pm
    First Unitarian Church, Shadyside. Faculty lead is Miss Margaret.  

  • CYM at Wintergarden
    Saturday, December 103:00-5:00pm
    PPG Place downtown Pittsburgh. Faculty lead is Miss Sonia and Mr. Mark.

  • CYM Guitars perform at the Frick Museum 
    The Frick Pittsburgh
    Faculty lead is Mr. Mark.

We kick off our annual holiday concert line-up with a family favorite- the village of Sewickley lights up with a festival of activity. Inside CYM, students share their holiday pieces at mini recitals, perform in our storefront window, and make a craft with little ones in the group room.  The outdoor festival features a fantastic fireworks show, music, free horse drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, an ice carving competition and lots of food vendors.

CYM violins spread holiday spirit with Festive Strings throughout the majestic Carnegie Museum of Art on Sunday, December 4th. We are excited to return to this gorgeous venue!

The night is not so silent at our third annual Candlelight Concert in the gallery of First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. This Friday evening concert is the perfect prelude to a winter weekend with this cosy, intimate venue. Would you like to perform at this concert? Contact Ms. Margaret here to be included!    

An annual must-do on the lists of each of our CYM families! We love the bustling, joyous atmosphere that comes with performing at the Wintergarden stage each December. Pianists and guitarists are featured in this festive showcase on Saturday afternoon, December 10 under the sparkling spires of the PPG building downtown Pittsburgh. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Guitar Workshop with Community Concert- Mir Ali and CYM Guitar faculty

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
at Center for Young Musicians Wexford– 120 Lake Drive, Wexford PA
+  Master classes & group class with Mir Ali
+   Elective class with CYM Guitar Faculty members
+  Community Concert with Mark Marston at 3:00 pm

Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer Mir Ali has been described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as “an exceptional nylon string guitarist” and by NPR as "mesmerizing and hypnotic" Since winning his first guitar competition at the age of thirteen. He is a fluent performer of flamenco guitar, an  experienced jazz stylist, a trained practitioner of North Indian classical music, an award-winning classical guitarist, and a composer of music in several genres 

Þ This event is OPEN TO all guitar students of all ages– in and outside of the CYM guitar studio.

Þ Workshop- all ages welcome, CYM guitar students are highly encouraged to attend.


REGISTER TO ATTEND by sending an email with your name and number of participants to W+A Coordinator:

· Rochelle Agnew at or using the 2016-2017 CYM Workshops and Activities Program Registration sheet and dropping into the locked boxes provided in Wexford and Sewickley. Those interested students who do not attend CYM can purchase admission by contacting W+A coordinator Rochelle Agnew.

Þ Admission FREE for CYM students using their W+A credit, or $55 for CYM students       
Þ Non-CYM students may attend by registering for CYM’s Workshops and Activities program: $65 if registering before November 14, $75 thereafter until Nov 18.   Join us!

Deadline to register - Friday, November 18, 2016                                                                   

Monday, October 10, 2016

W+A Program presents- Beo: Backstage Workshop + Concert... in Review!

  • More about Beo String Quartet
  • WORKSHOP Saturday, November 5, 4:00pm at CYM Sewickley +
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society's Winners Recital Sunday, November 6, 2:00pm at CMU's Kresge Theatre
  • Additional tickets to PCS Concert for family members are available in pairs for $25
Beo String Quartet visits CYM to give participating students and their families a "backstage tour" of chamber music using works by Bartók, Beethoven, and Glass. Open to all instruments, ages 7-adult, workshop participants will learn about listening and playing together in a hands-on, interactive format.

CYM families are then invited the following day to hear Beo perform these works live on the Pittsburgh Concert Society winners' recital. 
Workshop– age minimum of 7 years old, PCS Concert Admission– all ages welcome

REGISTER using the 2016-2017 CYM Workshops and Activities Program Registration sheet, or email W+A Coordinator, Rochelle Agnew at
$55 for Workshop admission, $80 for Workshop + 2 adult concert tickets (student concert admission included)  *pairs of additional concert tickets are available for $25
Participants have the following options:
  1.  Use your workshop and activities credit to cover my #_____________ child’s(ren’s) admission to this workshop as well as tickets to PCS Concert. 
  2. Choose not to apply your child’s workshops + activity credit to this event and instead purchase $55 for Workshop admission, OR $80 for Workshop + 2 adult concert tickets (student concert admission included)
  3. Purchase #_______ additional tickets for family and friends attending PCS concert at $25.00 each pair.              Total additional tickets ________   =  $_________

How do we register for this event?

Registration for each of these Workshops + Activities events occurs throughout the year, and are coordinated by Rochelle Agnew. You can reach Ms. Rochelle with any needs or questions at
  1. Filling out the above details and emailing it directly to our W+A Coordinator, Miss Rochelle here.
  2. Fill out W+A registration forms available in the Wexford or Sewickley offices and placing them in the secure lock boxes located in the lobbies. 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS OCTOBER 21- don't miss your chance!

Registered participants will receive confirmation and further details and instructions about this event from Ms. Rochelle closer to the event time.

Sean explains just what it takes to make music together in a Chamber group...

We talk about passing the melody.

Following a cue for rhythm.

After we can hold our rhythm together, we started adding dynamics, then direction- it's hard!

Bob leads us in a musical phrase!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Ms. Lauren-Rose and Ms. Margaret invite you to Holiday Chorus- Register right now!

Hi there! 

We are Margaret and Lauren-Rose, CYM's new voice teachers.

Beginning Thursday October 20th, we will lead Holiday Chorus rehearsals every week. Come join us on Thursday nights to sing holiday classics and celebrate the festive season! Margaret will lead in Sewickley from 7-8 and Lauren-Rose will lead in Shadyside from 6-7. 

Choose the location most convenient for you. Rehearsals will culminate in three holiday performances:
Sewickley Light Up Night on Dec 2, our Candlelight Concert on Dec 9 and Wintergarden on Dec 10. All ages and abilities welcome! Hope to see you there.

-Lauren-Rose and Margaret