Now Accepting Students for

the 2018-2019 School Year!!!!

We are excited to announce an expansion project starting this year to extend student activities into the fall season! We are eager to provide musical opportunities to students throughout the entire school year!

Applications are due on September 19th for the Fall Season!

First Rehearsal for the Chamber Orchestra is September 29th

Check "Schedule" Page for current rehearsal schedule

Message from the Manager:

Dear Prospective CRYS Member and Parents/Guardians,

As a Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) alum who is now a public school music teacher, I am excited to invite your student to participate in CRYS during the 2018-2019 school year!

CRYS was created to give ensemble performance opportunities to interested students who do not have an orchestra program in their schools. It is also a wonderful enrichment experience for serious students who participate in their school’s orchestra or are homeschooled.

All students who play an orchestral instrument – strings, brass, woodwinds, or percussion – are welcome to join. Depending on participation, CRYS will have two or three orchestras with different experience levels.

The most advanced orchestra will begin rehearsals in the fall, with opportunities to perform in the community. The beginning and intermediate orchestras will start in January. The season culminates with the Spring Gala at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in early May.

Fall rehearsals will be held on Saturday mornings at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Information on how to apply is below. If you would like a hard copy of this information as well as the application sent you you, please email me at

Please email me if you have any questions – I’d love to hear from you!

Tim Przybelinski

Orchestra Manager

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

Music Director - Bryan Eckenrode

Cellist Bryan Eckenrode graduated cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook and holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He is currently principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ars Nova, and as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Lexington String Quartet, and the chamber groups Voci D’Amore and Camerata.

Eckenrode records with the International Baroque Soloists, and he can be heard on the CD’s of many artists, including Ani DiFranco, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, Seven Day Faith, Them Jazzbeards, John and Mary, and Alison Pipitone: not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He has recorded the sound tracks of film scores for a number of silent movies being distributed on commercial DVD by the Turner Broadcasting Network. He has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York and recently recorded the sound track for the PBS special – The Siege of Fort Erie – A Glorious Battle. He was bagpipe soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their successful Memorial Day Pops Concerts. He is principal cellist with The Most Arts Festival held during the month of July at Alfred University.

Eckenrode is conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Prelude Strings Orchestra, and the Young Artists Orchestra of Jamestown. He conducted the Niagara All-County Festival Orchestra and the Erie All-County Festival Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, and is frequently asked to return to conduct. He has been guest conductor with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and The Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode is the program coordinator for Artpark’s Music in the Woods series. He will be guest conductor of the Amherst Symphony in the Fall of 2015 and the Genesee Symphony in the Spring of 2016.

Eckenrode is an adjunct professor at Canisius College, Jamestown Community College, and director of the string department at Villa Maria College. Eckenrode is on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo. He is married to the internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristen Gregory.

Application Information!!!

To apply online: please fill out this application form.

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