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Photo caption: Selected Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony students will perform as part of the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival orchestra for the closing number at their concert on Saturday evening, June 15. Photographed following their recent Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, these students are (from left) Samuel Mincarelli, Andria Kayes, Sofya Kyser, Soren Kyser, Ethan Livingston, Hannah Hornyak, Robert Hall, Hunter Giunta, and Jena Luce.Not Pictured: Aaron Mecham, Boaz Mecham

Youth Symphony Students Participate in 1891 Opera House's Bach & Beyond Saturday, June 15, 2019

May 30th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – Every year since 1996, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House has treated the community to the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival, a lively weekend celebration of Baroque music.

This year’s June 14-16 event includes a unique experience for students in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). At the Saturday evening concert, 8 p.m., June 15, the young musicians will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso, Opus 3, No. 11 as part of the Festival orchestra.

CRYS has three orchestras, Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and Chamber Orchestra for advanced students. The Chamber members playing with the Bach & Beyond orchestra are Hunter Giunta, Robert Hall, Hannah Hornyak, Andria Kayes, Sofya Kyser, Soren Kyser, Ethan Livingston, Jena Luce, and Samuel Mincarelli.

Performing with a professional orchestra is an example of the distinctive opportunities CRYS provides its students. In addition to regular rehearsals with Maestro Eckenrode, CRYS students had intensive sectional coaching by professional performer/educators in preparation for their recent Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. Students who are also part of Suzuki at Lutheran gave other local performances, and some participated in the Jamestown Concert Association’s master class with the Russian String Orchestra.

The Bach & Beyond Festival orchestra uses baroque bows that produce an authentic Baroque chamber music sound, like the small chamber groups that played for dinners in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and require a different technique than the usual bows. The Youth Symphony is one of the few youth orchestras in the world to use Baroque bows.

Artistic Director Grant Cooper conducts the Bach & Beyond Festival orchestra, in which CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode is cellist. The two teamed with CRYS Vice President Nina Karbacka to make this opportunity possible.

Karbacka, who founded the Jamestown Orchestra of Youth, CRYS’s predecessor, in 1988, observed, “CRYS participated in Bach & Beyond in 2008 and purchased our baroque bows for that special event. I am delighted that we are invited to again have this experience with Grant Cooper and the fine musicians of Bach & Beyond in the lovely Fredonia Opera House.”

All the details of the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival -- including ticket purchases, Pre-Concert Conversations with Maestro Cooper, a Special Opening Reception, and a Subscribers Reception that closes the weekend -- and information on a 20-year retrospective set of CDs are at fredopera.org.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, email ChautauquaRYS@gmail.com or visit CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: On Sunday evening, May 19, the three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present their 2019 Spring Gala Concert at 7 p.m. in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution. Pictured are some members of the Chamber Orchestra performing at last year’s Spring Gala.

Youth Symphony Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Sunday Evening, May 19th, 2019

May 7th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – On Sunday evening, May 19, the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution will ring with music performed by the orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

The 7 p.m. Spring Gala Concert features the student musicians of CRYS’s Prelude Strings, Young Artists Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. They will be under the direction of acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003.

Among the works on the program are “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” themes from Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite and Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, featuring soprano soloist Marie Karbacka. The combined orchestras are playing Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Fantasy on America: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

In addition to regular rehearsals with Eckenrode, CRYS students have had intensive sectional coaching by professional performers/educators in preparation for this concert. Students who are also part of Suzuki at Lutheran have given other local performances, and some participated in the Jamestown Concert Association’s master class with the Russian String Orchestra.

The concert is free. There will be a basket raffle, and a freewill offering will be taken.

A reception on the porch of Chautauqua’s Lenna Hall follows the performance.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, email ChautauquaRYS@gmail.com or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) students’ regular rehearsal schedule was augmented recently with coaching by professional performer/educators in upper and lower strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Support for this experience was provided by the Blossom Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. SUNY Fredonia Associate Professor Dr. Marc Guy is pictured coaching CRYS brass players.

Youth Symphony Students Have Intensive Sectional Coaching Experience

April 25th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – With support from the Blossom Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) students had a distinctive experience: intense sectional coaching by professional performer/educators.

CRYS has three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and Chamber Orchestra for advanced students. Cellist and conductor Maestro Bryan Eckenrode is CRYS Conductor and Music Director and leads the weekly rehearsals at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Many studies have reported the connection between music education and both academic and lifetime achievement.

In keeping with its priority of offering exceptional music education, CRYS recently provided advanced coaching for its YAO and Chamber students.

Working with the students were Jennifer Jansen on upper strings; Kieran Hanlon, lower strings; Helen Ihasz, woodwinds; Dr. Marc Guy, brass; and Suzanne Fassett, percussion.

Each coach has extensive educational background as well as performing and teaching credentials.

Jansen is principal viola of Erie Chamber Orchestra, violinist with Erie Philharmonic, and instructor for Erie Junior Philharmonic Overture and Chamber Strings. Hanlon is Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Jazz at SUNY Fredonia. Ihasz is Instrumental Music Teacher at Westfield Academy and Central School and a certified NYSSMA judge. Guy teaches horn as SUNY Fredonia Associate Professor, and Fassett is Director of Arts Education at Chautauqua Institution.

CRYS students are preparing for their Spring Gala Concert, Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. With a varied selection of works, the concert is free and followed by a reception.

Eckenrode is assisted by staff Prelude Coach Marie Karbacka, who is also Southwestern Central Schools Director of Orchestras for grades 5-12, and String Coach Cody Hiller, professional performer and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Instructor.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, email ChautauquaRYS@gmail.com or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) students enjoyed an enrichment trip to Mercyhurst University in Erie recently. Their campus tour was led by CRYS board member and recent Mercyhurst graduate Mariana Mathewson. She is pictured here (center) with some of the students outside Egan Hall, where they had supper in the Grotto Commons Dining Hall.

Youth Symphony Students Visit Mercyhurst University

March 25th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – A number of Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) students spent St. Patrick’s Day visiting Mercyhurst University.

Accompanied by several family members, they departed on a bus from the I-86 Park & Ride. After arriving on campus, they had a meet-and-greet with Music Department Chair Dr. Nathan Hess and faculty member Jonathan Moser, who is also Artistic Director of the Erie Junior Philharmonic.

The group enjoyed the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra’s “Concert of Soloists” conducted by Moser in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Then they took a guided tour of the campus and had supper in the Grotto Commons Dining Hall.

The enrichment trip was planned by CRYS board member Mariana Mathewson, a recent Mercyhurst graduate, in conjunction with University staff. The students’ CRYS tuition covered their enrichment trip expenses.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has three orchestras under the leadership of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Chamber Orchestra for advanced students.

All are now preparing for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday evening, May 19, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. A reception follows the free performance where a freewill offering will be taken.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit CRYouthSymphony.com or the CRYS Facebook page.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation awarded grants from the Blossom Fund to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). They support the honorariums of Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and the professional musician-educators who will be coaching CRYS. Applications for the upcoming spring semester are being accepted through Friday, January 11.

Youth Symphony Receives Grants from Community Foundation

January 6th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) announced that it has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The awards from the Blossom Fund are for honorariums for CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode and the professional musician-educators who will be coaching CRYS students in the upcoming semester.

Acknowledging the awards, Board President Nancy Larson said, “CRYS board members, parents, and students join me in expressing our appreciation to the Community Foundation for their consistent support. Guaranteeing Bryan’s continuing leadership is critical to our program, and we are most excited about the additional top-notch professional coaching our students will be receiving this year.”

As CRYS noted in applying to the Community Foundation, “Learning to play a musical instrument and participating in a musical group has been shown to increase intelligence, academic achievement, success in society, and success in life. Strengthening our young people’s minds and sense of responsibility will in turn strengthen our community.”

Applications for CRYS’s three orchestras -- Prelude Strings (NYSSMA level I), Young Artists Orchestra (YAO, levels II and III), and Chamber Orchestra (levels IV, V and VI) -- are being accepted through Friday, January 11. Friday afternoon rehearsals for Prelude begin January 18. YAO and Chamber start rehearsing on Saturday, January 19. All rehearsals are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lakewood.

Acclaimed both as a cellist and conductor, Eckenrode has led CRYS since 2003.

Southwestern Central Schools Director of Orchestras for grades 5-12 Marie Karbacka and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Instructor Cody Hiller are now staff Prelude Coach and String Coach, respectively.

Advanced coaching will be offered by SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty Marc Guy for brass; Sarah Hamilton, woodwinds; Kieran Hanlon, lower strings; and Kay Stonefelt, percussion. Erie Junior Philharmonic Overture and Chamber Strings Instructor Jennifer Jansen will coach upper strings. All have both extensive performance and teaching backgrounds.

The season will conclude with the Spring Gala Concert, Sunday, May 19, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, widely regarded as the premier performance venue in the region.

CRYS students pay tuition, and tuition assistance is available. Interested students can apply at CRYouthSymphony.com. Fall 2018 Chamber Orchestra members need not reapply.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page. For more information email chautauquarys@gmail.com.

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Photo caption: Friday, January 11, 2019, is the deadline for music students to submit their applications for membership in one of Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) three orchestras. Pictured is Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode leading the CRYS Chamber Orchestra in their November Fall Chamber Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Application Deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019

December 28th, 2018

Jamestown, N.Y. – Only a few days remain for talented and motivated music students to apply for participation in one of three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras for the spring term.

Friday, January 11, 2019, is the deadline to sign up for this opportunity that will certainly enhance music skills and could even change a student’s life. (A current CRYS board member met her husband when they were both CRYS students, so you never know!)

Prelude Strings rehearsals start Friday,January 18, 4-5 p.m. for beginning string players (NYSSMA level I).

Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) rehearsals begin Saturday, January 19, 9-10:30 a.m., for intermediate (levels II and III) string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion students.

Advanced string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion students (levels IV, V and VI) in Chamber Orchestra start rehearsing on Saturday, January 19, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All rehearsals are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood.

The season will conclude with the Spring Gala Concert, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, widely regarded as the premier performance venue in the region.

CRYS has significantly expanded its instruction this year. Students will be directed by acclaimed Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode and coached regularly by staff teachers and periodically by outside professional educators.

Southwestern Central Schools Director of Orchestras for grades 5-12 Marie Karbacka and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Instructor Cody Hiller are now staff Prelude Coach and String Coach, respectively.

Additional coaching will be offered by SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty Marc Guy in brass; Sarah Hamilton, woodwinds; Kieran Hanlon, lower strings; and Kay Stonefelt, percussion. Erie Junior Philharmonic Overture and Chamber Strings Instructor Jennifer Jansen will coach upper strings. These professional musicians all have both extensive performance and teaching backgrounds.

CRYS students pay tuition, and tuition assistance is available.

Interested students can apply at CRYouthSymphony.com. Fall 2018 Chamber Orchestra members need not reapply.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page. For more information email chautauquarys@gmail.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is accepting applications for its three orchestras that begin rehearsals in January. Students will receive special coaching, including by faculty of SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music. Pictured is the Chamber Orchestra warming up for their recent Fall Chamber Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Accepting Applications, Welcoming Coaches

December 3rd, 2018

Jamestown, N.Y. – Following on the success of its delightful Fall Chamber Concert, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is now accepting applications for all three of its orchestras.

Rehearsals start in January for beginning string players (NYSSMA level I) in Prelude Strings, intermediate students (levels II and III) in Young Artists Orchestra (YAO), and advanced students (levels IV, V and VI) in Chamber Orchestra. Prelude rehearses on Friday afternoons beginning January 18, and YAO and Chamber on Saturday mornings beginning January 19, all at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Acclaimed CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode leads all three CRYS orchestras. The training he offers will be enhanced with regular instruction by staff teachers and periodic coaching by outside professional educators.

Staff Prelude Coach Marie Karbacka is a CRYS alum with degrees from Mercyhurst University and SUNY Fredonia. She is Southwestern Central Schools Director of Orchestras for grades 5-12. With degrees from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and DePaul School of Music, Staff String Coach Cody Hiller teaches at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, plays in the Southern Tier Symphony and Western New York Chamber Orchestra and is Concertmaster of the Warren Philharmonic.

Outside coaches, all who perform extensively, are Marc Guy who will coach brass; Sarah Hamilton, woodwinds; Kieran Hanlon, lower strings; Kay Stonefelt, percussion; and Jennifer Jansen, upper strings. Jansen is Erie Junior Philharmonic’s Overture and Chamber strings instructor. The others are faculty members of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.

Students will have the opportunity to attend local professional performances, and plans are underway to combine campus tours with performances at SUNY Fredonia and Mercyhurst University.

The CRYS season will conclude with the Spring Gala Concert, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.

Interested students are encouraged to apply at CRYouthSymphony.com. Fall 2018 Chamber Orchestra members need not reapply.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page. For more information, email chautauquarys@gmail.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is accepting applications for its three orchestras that begin rehearsals in January. Students will receive special coaching, including by faculty of SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music. Pictured is the Chamber Orchestra warming up for their recent Fall Chamber Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Accepting Applications, Welcoming Coaches

November 5th, 2018

Jamestown, N.Y. – Only a few days remain for talented and motivated music students to apply for participation in one of three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras for the spring term.

Friday, January 11, 2019, is the deadline to sign up for this opportunity that will certainly enhance music skills and could even change a student’s life. (A current CRYS board member met her husband when they were both CRYS students, so you never know!)

Prelude Strings rehearsals start Friday,January 18, 4-5 p.m. for beginning string players (NYSSMA level I).

Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) rehearsals begin Saturday, January 19, 9-10:30 a.m., for intermediate (levels II and III) string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion students.

Advanced string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion students (levels IV, V and VI) in Chamber Orchestra start rehearsing on Saturday, January 19, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All rehearsals are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood.

The season will conclude with the Spring Gala Concert, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, widely regarded as the premier performance venue in the region.

CRYS has significantly expanded its instruction this year. Students will be directed by acclaimed Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode and coached regularly by staff teachers and periodically by outside professional educators.

Southwestern Central Schools Director of Orchestras for grades 5-12 Marie Karbacka and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Instructor Cody Hiller are now staff Prelude Coach and String Coach, respectively.

Additional coaching will be offered by SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty Marc Guy in brass; Sarah Hamilton, woodwinds; Kieran Hanlon, lower strings; and Kay Stonefelt, percussion. Erie Junior Philharmonic Overture and Chamber Strings Instructor Jennifer Jansen will coach upper strings. These professional musicians all have both extensive performance and teaching backgrounds.

CRYS students pay tuition, and tuition assistance is available.

Interested students can apply at CRYouthSymphony.com. Fall 2018 Chamber Orchestra members need not reapply.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page. For more information, call (716) 640-13 or email chautauquarys@gmail.com.

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Photo caption: The Chamber Orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony presents their Fall Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 18, at 7 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The varied program features classical favorites as well as themes from contemporary films. The free performance will be under the baton of Bryan Eckenrode (pictured) and include area professional musicians. A reception follows.

Youth Symphony Fall Concert Sunday Evening, November 18, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) opens its 2018-2019 season on Sunday evening, November 18, 7 p.m., with their Fall Chamber Concert.

The Chamber Orchestra, the most advanced of CRYS’s three orchestras, will perform in the Judith Social Hall of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 West Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood. A reception follows the free performance. A freewill offering will be taken.

Classical compositions in the diverse program include J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Prelude to the 1941 film 49th Parallel, and “The Great Gate of Kiev” from the suite Pictures at an Exhibition by Moussorgsky.

On a more contemporary note will be themes from films including Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Pirates of the Caribbean and the “Symphonic Suite” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. “Let it Snow!” will get the audience in the holiday spirit.

Acclaimed CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the concert. Selected area professional musicians will perform with the students, providing instrumentation not yet filled by students and and serving as role models for the young musicians.

Eckenrode directs all three CRYS orchestras, Prelude Strings and Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) as well as the Chamber Orchestra.

Applications are being accepted now for rehearsals beginning in January for beginning string players (NYSSMA level I) in Prelude Strings, intermediate students (levels II and III) in YAO, and advanced students (levels IV, V and VI) in Chamber Orchestra. Prelude will rehearse on Friday afternoons and YAO and Chamber on Saturdays, all at Gloria Dei.

In addition to the opportunity to learn under an acclaimed conductor and performer, CRYS students will also receive regular coaching by teaching professionals Cody Hiller and Marie Karbacka and periodic coaching by faculty of the School of Music of the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Plans are also in progress for CRYS students to attend local professional performances and to combine campus tours with concerts at SUNY Fredonia and Mercyhurst University.

Interested students are encouraged to apply at CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: On Sunday afternoon, May 6, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras will present their 2018 Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution. This picture is of the combined orchestras at last year’s Spring Gala.

Youth Symphony Orchestras Performing at Chautauqua Sunday, May 6

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution is widely recognized as one of the premier performance venues in the region.

On Sunday, May 6, it will ring with music performed by the orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

The 4 p.m. Spring Gala Concert will feature the student musicians of CRYS’s Young Artists Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. They will be under the direction of acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003.

The varied program includes works ranging from Haydn, Mozart, Grieg and Bach to the theme from Mission: Impossible and the combined orchestras playing the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

The young musicians rehearse weekly on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. At their rehearsals the weekend before the concert, they will receive intensive coaching from teachers and musicians Amanda Andrews, Kim Bunce, Marie Karbacka, and Nina Karbacka.

A reception on the porch of Chautauqua’s Lenna Hall follows the performance.

Tickets are $12; children five and under are free. Presale tickets for $10 are available from the musicians, by emailing chautauquarys@gmail.com, or by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit CRYS’s Facebook page or website, CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The fund drive for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) 2017-2018 season closes soon. Contributors will be named in the printed programs for CRYS’s Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in May. Conductor Bryan Eckenrode is pictured here in a sectional rehearsal before last spring’s performance.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Closing Drawing Near

March 19, 2018

Jamestown, N.Y. – The annual fund drive for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) comes to a close soon.

With a strong history of community support, CRYS is celebrating its 31st season of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians.

Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode leads weekly rehearsals of the Young Artists Orchestra for beginning and intermediate musicians and the String Chamber Orchestra of advanced musicians. Additional coaching at an intensive workshop is offered by other professionals. Enrichment trips to hear high quality orchestral performances in the area are also part of the CRYS experience.

Students pay tuition for their training, but tuition assistance is provided to many.

“We are so grateful for the significant support CRYS receives from the community,” said CRYS Board President Nancy Larson, “and we want to be able to recognize that support.”

Among the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by naming them on its website and in printed concert programs and with complimentary admissions to its Spring Gala Concert. This year’s Gala will be Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2018, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Larson noted, “We need to receive contributions by April 15 to be sure donors receive the recognition they deserve.”

CRYS receives important support from foundations and other organizations in the community.

Parents, board members, and students participate in fund raising events, like the Sunday Fund Day at the Northwest Arena planned for March 25.

Still, donations from individuals and local businesses -- like the major support from Aubin and Jon Gren and Robinson Law Office -- are essential.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702, or made online at the Our Supporters/To Donate page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is sponsoring a Sunday Fund Day at Northwest Arena on March 25. A portion of all the open skating fees will support CRYS’s music education program. In addition, visitors to the Arena can enjoy live music performed in the lobby, perhaps by some of the students shown rehearsing here with conductor Bryan Eckenrode.

Youth Symphony Sunday Fund Day at Northwest Arena March 25

March 11, 2018

Jamestown, N.Y. – When you enjoy the Sunday afternoon open skate at the Northwest Arena on March 25, several good things will happen.

Not only will you have a fun experience on the ice and improve your own well-being, you will also benefit a local youth-serving organization.

A portion of your $6 skate fee for the 1:30-4:30 session will support the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). Skate rental is $2.

As part of this Sunday Fund Day, music students and others will perform in the Arena lobby as well as offer a bake sale.

Following teacher recommendations and auditions in January, CRYS students began rehearsing under Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode. An intensive workshop with sectional coaches will also prepare them for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2018, 4 p.m. at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Enrichment trips to hear high quality orchestral performances in the area are part of these young musicians’ experience.

CRYS students pay tuition, with a full third of current students receiving tuition assistance. While parents, board members and students all participate in fund raising, support by individuals and local organizations and businesses is significant. Essential funding is provided by local foundations.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702, or made online at the Our Supporters/To Donate page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded a grant to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony in support of the honorarium for its Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, pictured here. The grant was made possible by the Community Foundation’s H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts, Sarita Hopkins Weeks Fine Arts Fund, and the Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund.

Community Foundation Grant Supports Youth Symphony Conductor

February 26, 2018

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation drew on their James Abdella Fund for the Arts, Sarita Hopkins Weeks Fine Arts Fund, and the Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund to award a grant to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). The grant is in support of the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.

In acknowledging the award, CRYS Board President Nancy Larson said, “The board, parents and students of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony join me in expressing our gratitude to the Community Foundation for their consistent support. It is wonderful to have our work affirmed in such a significant way!”

Now in its 31st season, CRYS was established to provide quality music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and to add to the cultural offerings of our area.

With broad experience in western New York and beyond and acclaimed both as a cellist and conductor, Eckenrode has led CRYS since 2003.

On March 11, CRYS students will travel to hear the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra’s “English Countryside” concert under Eckenrode’s direction. On April 22 they will hear the Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s “The Musical Life of Haydn” in Fredonia’s King Concert Hall, where their conductor is principal cello.

The application CRYS submitted to the Community Foundation noted that, “CRYS contributes to the education of our children and helps develop our community’s leaders of tomorrow. What better demonstration than the fact that three current board members are local music teachers who were once CRYS students.”

In addition, “Whether they become professional musicians or music teachers, play in local or regional orchestras, or confine their future in music only to their own enjoyment, these young people will be more successful in their various endeavors because of having been a member of a Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestra with all the rigor and discipline that their rehearsals, workshops, and performances demanded.”

The culmination of this season will be the Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email Chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit CRYS’s Facebook page or website, CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Tuesday, December 5, is the deadline for teachers to recommend students to participate in one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) three orchestras. Pictured here are the combined orchestras performing John Williams’s theme from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at their Spring Gala Concert last May in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Youth Symphony Audition Applications Deadline Tuesday, December 5

November 28, 2017

Jamestown, NY – Tuesday, December 5, is the deadline for teachers to submit applications for their students to be auditioned for placement in a Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestra.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras. Prelude Strings is the orchestra for beginning string players. Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is a full orchestra for intermediate musicians. The most advanced orchestra, the String Chamber Orchestra, is exclusively for string players. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra.

As Music Director and Conductor, Bryan Eckenrode brings outstanding experience to his young students. A conductor of the Niagara All-County Festival Orchestra and the Erie All County Festival Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, Eckenrode is music director and conductor for the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, has made frequent guest conducting appearances, is principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony, and has taught at Canisius and Villa Maria Colleges, SUNY Buffalo State, and the Nichols School in Buffalo. The Buffalo Philharmonic is among the orchestras he has performed with, including as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. In order to assist with seat placement, auditions are planned for Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018. The audition application form can be found at the Current Musicians page at CRYouthSymphony.com and needs to be submitted by Tuesday, December 5.

Weekly rehearsals for Prelude Strings begin on Friday, January 12, 2018, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Christ First United Methodist Church on Lakeview Avenue in Jamestown. YAO and String Chamber Orchestra begin rehearsals at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday, January 15, 2018. YAO rehearses 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Chamber Orchestra, 12:15 to1:45 p.m.

The tentative destination for a spring enrichment trip for CRYS students is Sheas Performing Arts Center in Buffalo to experience Phantom of the Opera.

The season will culminate with the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2018, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, recognized as the premier performance hall in the area.

CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. CRYS receives essential funding from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students all participate in fund raising, support by individuals and local organizations and businesses is significant.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702, or made online at the Our Supporters/To Donate page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: At their November meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members sent letters to previous and prospective contributors, asking for their support of the 2017-2018 season. Among those participating in the effort were (seated from left) Marie Karbacka, Lana Huston, Tammy Lachner (CRYS Manager), Tim O’Brien, (standing from left) Kathy Geary, Nancy Larson, and Michelle Carlson.

Youth Symphony Launches Fund Drive for 31st Season

November 9, 2017

Jamestown, NY – “We know that music changes lives, and we’re excited to be part of that.”

With those words, Nancy Larson, the newly-elected president of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), talked about plans for the upcoming season and the importance of music education in a child’s development.

Larson continued, “So many studies have shown the positive impact that music education has for children, from boosting reading and language skills to improving lifelong success. We’re thrilled to be contributing to that process and welcome the community’s support of our work.”

At their November meeting, CRYS board members launched their annual fund drive for 2017-2018, the organization’s 31st season. Letters were sent to previous contributors as well as to prospective donors.

Now with four local music teachers on the board, three of whom were CRYS students, CRYS is doing major outreach to other teachers in the area to recommend their students for participation in a Youth Symphony orchestra.

Following auditions on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7, 2018, students will be placed in one of three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for all orchestral instrumentalists, or String Chamber Orchestra for advanced string players. All the orchestras are rehearsed and directed by acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode.

Audition application forms can be found on the Current Musicians page at cryouthsymphony.com. They need to be completed by December 15, 2017.

Weekly rehearsals for Prelude Strings begin on Friday, January 12, 2018, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Christ First United Methodist Church on Lakeview Avenue in Jamestown. YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra begin rehearsals at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday, January 13, 2018. YAO rehearses 10 a.m. to noon and Chamber Orchestra, 12:15 to1:45 p.m.

Plans are being made for an intensive workshop in the spring as well as an enrichment trip for students to travel to hear a professional orchestra.

CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. CRYS receives essential funding from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students all participate in fund raising, support by individuals and local organizations and businesses is essential.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs. Donors can also receive complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert that will be Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702 or made on the Our Supporters/To Donate page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Photo caption: New members joined the board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) at their September meeting. Marie Karbacka (left) and Tim O’Brien, both former CRYS musicians, were welcomed by newly elected president Nancy Larson. Serious music students interested in learning more about CRYS can visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com.

Youth Symphony Board Welcomes Former Students as New Members

September 28, 2017

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed two new members, Marie Karbacka and Tim O’Brien, at their September meeting.

Along with current member Tim Pryzbelinski, they make three board members who were CRYS students in their youth and are now music teachers.

“It’s very exciting to begin our 31st season with these additions to our board,” said newly elected president Nancy Larson. “With their experience and positions in our local music community, they will bring a valuable perspective and resource to our work!”

Marie Karbacka received her Bachelors in Music Performance, concentration voice, from Mercyhurst University and her Master of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. She played in CRYS orchestras from middle school through her graduation from Jamestown High School, where she was in A Cappella Choir, Orchestra, and various bands. Now the director of orchestras for grades 5 through 12 at Southwestern Central Schools, the Jamestown resident joined the CRYS board in hopes to help the program grow and develop and to give musical input to the organization.

Tim O’Brien graduated from Allegheny College with majors in violin performance and biochemistry. He performed in CRYS orchestras from 8th grade until he graduated from Southwestern Central School. In addition to working full-time at Gateway Ophthalmology, O’Brien teaches violin at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Now a resident of Busti, he noted that he appreciates what CRYS did for him and sees serving on the board as a way of giving back.

In addition to Nancy Larson and Tim Pryzbelinski, continuing CRYS board members are Michelle Battaglia, Michelle Carlson, Kathy Geary, and Lana Huston. Pryzbelinski teaches grades 5-12 band at Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Battaglia is the middle school band director for Falconer Central Schools.

Distinguished performer and conductor Bryan Eckenrode is Music Director and Conductor for the three CRYS orchestras that offer distinct opportunities to serious music students. Prelude Strings is for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the String Chamber Orchestra is for highly talented and motivated string players in high school and college.

Orchestra participants are selected by teacher recommendation and audition. Online and printable application forms can be found at CRYouthSymphony.com and must be submitted by December 15, 2017. Students will be auditioned on Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018, for proper placement in one of the three orchestras.

Part of the preparation for the new season includes planning an enrichment experience. Assisted by a grant from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, last spring CRYS students traveled to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” They especially appreciated this opportunity as their own Spring Gala Concert concluded with a combined presentation of Williams’s main theme from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465 ext. 202, email chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit CRYouthSymphony.com.

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