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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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