2016-2017 Year in Review

What a marvelous year we have had! From new experiences to old favorites, from new faces and new families to our proud graduates, our community celebrates the joyful feeling of a completed year of growing, learning, and sharing in the love of music. We happily take a stroll down memory lane- come with us, won't you?!

Mr. Ryan and his cellists perform at Millie's Ice Cream in Shadyside

Mr. Ryan and his cellists perform at Millie's Ice Cream in Shadyside

Ms. Leah and violinists perform at Winchester Thurston North School's Applefest

Ms. Leah and violinists perform at Winchester Thurston North School's Applefest

Proud Practice Challenge winners at the Ensemble Recital in November 2016

Proud Practice Challenge winners at the Ensemble Recital in November 2016

A marvelous bunch of Suzuki Violin students take the stage at November's Ensemble Recital

A marvelous bunch of Suzuki Violin students take the stage at November's Ensemble Recital

Guitarists perform together at the Ensemble Recital

Guitarists perform together at the Ensemble Recital

Piano "six hands" at the Ensemble Recital

Piano "six hands" at the Ensemble Recital

Warming up at the piano at the Candlelight Concert at the First Unitarian Church

Warming up at the piano at the Candlelight Concert at the First Unitarian Church

Pianists take the stage at Wintergarden

Pianists take the stage at Wintergarden

More of the lovely Wintergarden performers

More of the lovely Wintergarden performers

Benjamin Solomon and Allison Spear form the Chamber Guitar group, playing at the Frick Museum

Benjamin Solomon and Allison Spear form the Chamber Guitar group, playing at the Frick Museum

Youth Voices Spring Singers rehearse in Sewickley

Youth Voices Spring Singers rehearse in Sewickley

Zander Morrison performs at Ms. Sonia's New Heights Community Concert

Zander Morrison performs at Ms. Sonia's New Heights Community Concert

A great big crowd gathers at the Solo Recital

A great big crowd gathers at the Solo Recital

Claudia Drake performs at the Solo Recital

Claudia Drake performs at the Solo Recital

Hannah Rokisky sings at the Solo Recital

Hannah Rokisky sings at the Solo Recital

The Spear family celebrates Allison's graduation from CYM at the Solo Recital

The Spear family celebrates Allison's graduation from CYM at the Solo Recital

Graham Kunz and Mr. Mark perform at the Solo Recital

Graham Kunz and Mr. Mark perform at the Solo Recital

Mr. Ryan dazzles at the Early Childhood Music Interactive Concert

Mr. Ryan dazzles at the Early Childhood Music Interactive Concert

Ava Heinricher and Ms. Elisabeth perform together

Ava Heinricher and Ms. Elisabeth perform together

Performers at Ms. Elisabeth's Community Concert

Performers at Ms. Elisabeth's Community Concert

Pianists hit the airwaves on SLB Radio

Pianists hit the airwaves on SLB Radio

Mr. Jake's Community Concert was a full house!

Mr. Jake's Community Concert was a full house!

Ms. Simmi's Community Concert held in Sewickley

Ms. Simmi's Community Concert held in Sewickley

All smiles at Ms. Ashley's Fiddle Camp

All smiles at Ms. Ashley's Fiddle Camp

Mr. Chris and violinists are excited to perform at Fridays at the Frick!

Mr. Chris and violinists are excited to perform at Fridays at the Frick!

Gabi Gotz enjoyed jamming with Roger Humphries and friends at the Jazz workshop

Gabi Gotz enjoyed jamming with Roger Humphries and friends at the Jazz workshop

Ms. Rochelle introduces our Music Discovery campers to the guitar

Ms. Rochelle introduces our Music Discovery campers to the guitar

Mr. Erich leads a group of ECM participants at CYM's Open House

Mr. Erich leads a group of ECM participants at CYM's Open House

All aglow for Light Up Night in Sewickley

All aglow for Light Up Night in Sewickley

It is very spooky at Christopher Von Sforza's Costumed Concert

It is very spooky at Christopher Von Sforza's Costumed Concert

We were delighted to welcome back special guest and CYM Alumnae, Karolina Lagerquist, performing at Ms. Sonia's Community Concert

We were delighted to welcome back special guest and CYM Alumnae, Karolina Lagerquist, performing at Ms. Sonia's Community Concert

We are so thankful and proud of this special group of people. We're continually amazed and excited to watch and listen to what can be created when our students, families, teachers come together in a musical community. Thank you for a marvelous, magical year of music making!

Who's Who at the Center for Young Musicians- Grace Burns

Grace Burns received her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where she studied with Dr. David Korevaar and was a graduate assistant for the collaborative piano department. Previously, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University with a degree in Piano Performance, where she studied under Jeanne Kierman Fischer.  She has had the privilege of playing in solo and chamber masterclasses for Richard Goode, John Perry, Paul Kantor, and Howard Karp, among others.  As a soloist, Ms. Burns has performed in a wide variety of concerts and venues, ranging everywhere from informal house concerts to Carnegie Hall. 

A musician with widely ranging interests, Ms. Burns is equally comfortable with standard piano repertoire as she is with experimental music. Her musical experience continues to be enhanced by her work with living composers, chamber ensembles, and combining the disciplines of art, music, and theater into unique performances. Ms. Burns is very involved in new music. She is a co-founder and pianist for the Meraki Trio, a contemporary ensemble committed to commissioning and performing new works for the piano-flute-viola ensemble. Recent new music performances include premieres on the Pendulum New Music concert series, and a Cleveland residency with the Meraki Trio.

Ms. Burns has had a private studio of piano students for the past 8 years, and most recently taught for the Youth Piano Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has taught students ranging in age from 4-65, and loves connecting with students through music!

 

We took a moment to sit down with Grace and get to know a little more about her. Enjoy this fun Q+A!

  • CYM: What if your favorite piece of music to play and/or favorite composer?
  • GB: I’ve always had a soft spot for Brahms.  I revisit certain pieces every few years, and Brahms’ works always seem to take on a new meaning every time I play them.  He wrote the kind of music that grows with you.  And from a physical standpoint, I love the way it feels to play Brahms!  So many of the phrases in his pieces require a very specific physical gesture, and it often ends up feeling like a workout!  I recently performed the massive 45 minute-long Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3, and I walked offstage feeling like I had run a marathon.
  • CYM: Do you play other instruments other than the instrument you teach/study?
  • GB: I play the organ, and always love getting a gig in old church with a wonderful instrument!  Other than that, I also dabbled with the flute and clarinet in high school.  Oh, and I can play four chords on the ukulele.
  • CYM: What things would people would be surprised to know about you?
  • GB: I can juggle, I was a Colorado State Champion in Archery, and I’m an avid backpacker and hiker.
  • CYM: What was your favorite childhood book?
  • GB: This is such a hard question!  I was/am a huge book nerd, so I don’t think I can pick one favorite.  A few childhood favorites are The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Orlando the Marmelade Cat by Kathleen Hale, and anything by Patricia Polacco.
  • CYM: What is your favorite treat to eat?
  • GB: Caramel ice cream.

 

 

Mewsical Moments Community Concert

This past Saturday afternoon was awash with excellent performances from our student pianists as well as Ms. Simmi Tripathi presenting Chopin's Nocturne in F# Major, Op. 15 No. 2, Beethoven's Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”: Adagio-Allegro, and Op. 75: II. Allegro Maestoso from Dvořák's Four Romantic Pieces, joined by violinist Mr. Christopher Sforza. Bravo on a job well done, performers!


This past Saturday afternoon was awash with excellent performances from our student pianists as well as Ms. Simmi Tripathi presenting Chopin's Nocturne in F# Major, Op. 15 No. 2, Beethoven's Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”: Adagio-Allegro, and Op. 75: II. Allegro Maestoso from Dvořák's Four Romantic Pieces, joined by violinist Mr. Christopher Sforza. Bravo on a job well done, performers!

Register for the Fiddling Workshop

FIDDLING WORKSHOP

Workshop with Ms. Ashley Freeburn at CYM Sewickley July 12

For violinists ages 7+ who have graduated Twinkles and can echo improvised rhythms. 

Saturday, July 12 at 6:30pm at CYM Sewickley

Workshop Deadline to register extended to June 28.

$25 workshop tuition or use your W+A admission

REGISTER HERE.

This summer we are going to have some fun with the folk cousin of your violin, thefiddle! As a violinist you will find that many fiddling techniques are already part of your repertoire. In this Beginning Fiddling class, we will explore the basics of fiddling technique. We will learn lots of new tunes together, and we will experiment with some tunes you may already know. We will travel around the world to visit fiddle music from different cultures. We will play, practice, and jam together for a summer full of folk music and fun!

 

 

 

CYM at WT Community Concert

A wonderful time was had this past Saturday afternoon at the Winchester Thurston Lower School Auditorium. Congratulations to all of our performing students!

A wonderful time was had this past Saturday afternoon at the Winchester Thurston Lower School Auditorium. Congratulations to all of our performing students!

Mr. Christopher and Ms. Simmi perform Dvorák's Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75: II. Allegro Maestoso.

Mr. Christopher and Ms. Simmi perform Dvorák's Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75: II. Allegro Maestoso.

Our May Practice Challenge winners are awarded with medals. Bravo!

Our May Practice Challenge winners are awarded with medals. Bravo!

Ms. Simmi and Mr. Christopher prepare to perform.

Ms. Simmi and Mr. Christopher prepare to perform.

Yazan Alissa performs Suzuki's Etude.

Yazan Alissa performs Suzuki's Etude.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Leah Givelber