It always seems like the Holidays are officially underway when Thanksgiving arrives. And, of course, the news and social medias always make frequent mention of Black Friday. Why is it called BLACK Friday? Many businesses do marginally profitable business throughout most of the year. The balance sheet might have been in-the-red for most of the year, but this is a turn-around-time and almost over-night they are in-the-black. Hence the name BLACK FRIDAY.

It is impossible to consider a buying surge of those proportions without being profoundly impressed with how significant even small amounts of spending, on an individual level, can have a huge impact when it is done in great numbers.

That awareness generated a thought about our project with CYO. Fund-raising is always an on-going need and if, like Black Friday, we could spread the need we have in little bite-sizes over a large number of participants, the impact could be very significant. So, with this in mind, we would like to invite each of you who receive this Newsletter to share your enthusiasm with other persons you’re acquainted with who probably have similar tastes in music and a desire to help young people, who are looking for some encouragement and direction in their lives. Please invite them to attend some of our functions and concerts, and whenever it can be fitted-in, a donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

How You Can Help:

Welcome to the CYO Team:

New Treasurer. We are pleased to announce the addition of new Board Member and CYO Treasurer, Jack Megrabyan, Client Services Manager for Opus Bank in Glendale. CYO is grateful to have Jack’s familiarity with the Glendale community and his professional skills as well as the resources of Opus Bank to help guide and build the organization.

dr-michael-kaufmanNew Teaching Artist for Strings. In January, Dr. Michael Kaufman will join the CYO team. We are most fortunate to have this exciting cellist in the early stages of his career. At the age of 4 he began cello lessons and by age seventeen was already participating in music festivals. At age 28, he recently completed a Doctorate. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at various venues in the United States, Canada, England, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland! He recently coordinated the CYO Benefit Concert in October. He is also a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. We know all of you who receive this newsletter will join us in a warmhearted and enthusiastic, “Welcome Aboard”!

Upcoming Performances:

Please look over the following schedule of events and concerts and plan to attend whatever can be fitted into your schedule this Holiday Season or in January.

December Concerts
  • December 1 at 3:30 PM at Glendale Memorial Hospital lobby, there will be a 30 minute Student Performance
  • December 9 at 3:30 PM at Cerritos Elementary School Auditorium, there will be a one-hour Student Concert featuring Woodwinds and Strings. This will also be an opportunity for new students to enroll in the new class beginning in January.

January Schedule:

  • January 11, a new class begins, taught by Chad Ellis, Monday-Thursday from 2:30-4:30 PM
  • January 11, returning CYO students prepare for the January 24 concert
  • January 24, 7 PM, our winter Benefit Concert with the La Sierra University Orchestra directed by Dean Anderson. On one piece, CYO students will play side-by-side with a mature orchestra for the first time.
November Newsletter – 2015
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