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Photo Caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is hard at work preparing for their fall concert on November 21st at 7pm via livestream. Limited Registration at https://tinyurl.com/CRYSfall2020

Youth Symphony Launches Annual Fund Drive; Prepares for 2020 Fall Chamber Symphony Concert

November 2, 2020

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members launched their annual fund drive for 2020-2021, the organization’s 34rd season during the October month.

The board is continuously working to provide additional meaningful experiences for the students enrolled in CRYS, especially during this unusual season with additional hardships. In the spring of 2020, the rehearsal season ended three months early and the students were not able to perform in May. The board felt they had a financial responsibility to their students and their families, which led to the decision to provide a refund of tuition for the missed months to the students. The students could choose to apply this refund to tuition costs for the fall semester. For the organization, this resulted in loss of revenue not only for the spring, but also for the fall.

The Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the advanced ensemble of the organization, is currently preparing for their fall concert. The group rehearses weekly, socially distanced, with masks, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood. They will perform on November 21, at 7p.m. via livestream. The concert will be directed by acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode and will be free to the public. To reserve your spot for the live stream performance, register at https://tinyurl.com/CRYSfall2020. Livestream registrations are limited, so be sure to register today! A virtual free-will offering will be taken.

Eckenrode leads and conducts all three CRYS orchestras, Prelude Strings, Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) as well as the Chamber Symphony Orchestra.

Membership in the organization is open to all students in Chautauqua County and surrounding areas who play an orchestral string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. There is no audition required to participate. Interested students are encouraged to register for a future semester directly on the CRYS website.

CRYS students pay tuition, but significant financial assistance is offered to the students. CRYS receives essential funding from foundations in the community including The Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation, The Lenna Foundation and The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation. While parents, board members and students all participate in fundraising, support by individuals, 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 also typically receive preferential seating in the Spring Gala concert in May.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702 or made through the Donors page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

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: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s first rehearsal of the Fall 2020 Season. The safety of students are the number one priority as full social distancing and disinfecting procedures are in effect for all rehearsals.

Youth Symphony Fall Rehearsals to Begin in October

October 5th, 2020

Jamestown, N.Y. –

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has started rehearsals again after a long spring and summer quarantine due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Registration can still be accepted for a short time and can be found on the CRYS website; CRYouthSymphony.com. An up to date live rehearsal and performance calendar can also be found on the website.

Rehearsals look very different than the last rehearsal in March. Many precautions are taking place to ensure proper pandemic procedures and student safety. Students will be wearing masks and will be placed six feet apart from one another and from the music director. Disinfecting procedures will take place before and after the rehearsals begin.

Also, while CRYS is normally open to all orchestral instruments; strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, the Chamber Orchestra this fall will be only open to string players. This is because the nature of wind instruments makes it difficult to prevent excess aerosol spreading within the rehearsal space. Also, percussionists normally share equipment and switch instruments frequently. It is in the interest of safety to only include string players who can wear masks and keep social distance from each other during the entire rehearsal.

Even though it isn’t possible to include ALL students, CRYS is committed to provide a musical experience to whom it can. “Students are hungry to come back,” says music director Bryan Eckenrode. “They are ready to play as a group again and they are eager to make music again.”

In addition, Music Director, Bryan Eckenrode has recently held a “virtual masterclass series” where students were able to log on to learn about various topics including being a professional musician, how to become a successful performer, practice techniques as well as playing techniques of string instruments such as the violin and the cello. The virtual masterclasses were held via Zoom Webinar. The sessions were recorded and are now able to be viewed on the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Website and Facebook Page.

All rehearsals will take place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood, New York and the first rehearsal took place on October 3rd.

Registration is open to all students in Chautauqua County and the surrounding areas. Participation is now also available to Jamestown Community College students as a credit-bearing course.

CRYS students do pay tuition to participate, however, there is opportunity for financial assistance available for all students.

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

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Photo caption: Bryan Eckenrode, Music Director of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, will present three virtual masterclasses later this month. Masterclasses are geared toward students, but are open to the public.

Youth Symphony Presents Virtual Masterclasses with Bryan Eckenrode

September 17th, 2020

Jamestown, N.Y. – This season has challenged and stretched the imaginations of many organizations and performing groups to overcome new and restricting obstacles. Educational, non-profit organizations, such as the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) are among the list feeling the effects of today’s pandemic culture.

In unwavering determination, the board has come up with a plan to keep all of their students engaged, despite the numerous challenges. In the upcoming weeks, Music Director, Bryan Eckenrode will present three virtual masterclasses to students on various topics that are essential to emerging musicians and string students.

These masterclasses will be presented over a Zoom Webinar, which will allow students to connect with and learn from Eckenrode directly from the safety and comfort of their own home. They will also be able to submit questions and interact as if it were a live masterclass setting. The three masterclasses will be on different evenings and will cover different topics.

How do you Get to Carnegie Hall?

Sunday, September 20th, 7pm-7:45pm

A discussion on how to become a successful performing musician in the professional world. What decisions are most important? What should be prioritized the highest? How do I get hired in a big orchestra? What do I do next? All of these questions will be answered and more. A short question and answer session will be included.

To register for this free event, go to: https://tinyurl.com/Carnegie920

Art of Cello Playing

Sunday, September 27th, 7pm-7:45pm

The secrets of successful and artful cello playing will be unraveled. Topics to be discussed will include playing techniques, bow control, and symphonic literature. A question and answer session will be included

To register for this free event, go to:https://tinyurl.com/Cello927

Art of Violin Playing

Thursday, October 1st, 7pm - 7:45pm

The secrets of successful and artful violin playing will be unraveled. Topics to be discussed will include playing techniques, bow control, and symphonic literature. A question and answer session will be included

To register for this free event, go to: https://tinyurl.com/violinoct1

These masterclasses will be geared toward students, but are open to the public. Attendees can also register for these events through the CRYS website or Facebook Page.. A recording of the session will also be posted to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Facebook Page after the event.

For more information or assistance accessing the masterclasses, email CRYS Manager, Tim Przybelinski at chautauquarys@gmail.com

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Photo caption: Alexis Singleton was approved as a new board member of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) during their August board meeting.

Youth Symphony Welcomes New Board Member; Prepares for Unusual Fall Season

August 21, 2020

Jamestown, N.Y. –

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) came together in August for their first board meeting in what could go down as the strangest start to a school year in CRYS history.

The focus of the meeting was how to keep our students involved and engaged under the unusual circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has presented to school systems as well as performing ensembles across the country.

In the spring of 2020, as schools closed and businesses shut their doors, the youth symphony also was forced to stop rehearsals. The annual Spring Gala, which is held every year at the beautiful Chautauqua Institution, was cancelled, and the school year was brought to a close on an anti-climactic note. Enrolled students were issued a tuition credit to reflect the lost rehearsal time and lost educational experience.

Kicking off a new school year with their August meeting, the CRYS board had a renewed drive to ensure a meaningful and educational experience for their students, no matter what the school year may look like. Many ideas are being considered such as online webinar masterclasses led by CRYS orchestra conductor, Bryan Eckenrode. Performance opportunities were discussed depending on the safety level of a small chamber string group rehearsing. Such a performance could be shared with family and friends via video and audio recording, radio broadcasts, or even Facebook live. In all considerations, the student’s safety remains the number one priority.

The board also had the delight of welcoming a new member to the board; Alexis Singleton.

Alexis Singleton is a co-owner and Vice President of El Greco Woodworking, Inc., known for its top-rated, American-made baby cribs. She oversees product safety and compliance, marketing, and strategy for her family-owned business.

Prior to joining El Greco, Alexis was a Principal and NASDAQ trader on Wall St. She advises small businesses on marketing and development plans, and coaches business and community leaders on critical negotiations.

Alexis has served as a director at the Ralph C Sheldon Foundation, Inc. since 2003. She also helps to advance economic development at the local and state levels through her positions including Workforce Investment Board Chair and NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative member. Alexis earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She and her husband, Todd, are raising three funny children in the comedy capital of the world and home of the National Comedy Center, aka Jamestown, NY.

Alexis has been a string player since she began lessons with CRYS board President, Nina Karbacka, in the mid-1970's. In the youth orchestra's early days, she had the joy of playing her viola with American classical concert pianist Lorin Hollander. She hopes to help facilitate similar extraordinary experiences for today's orchestra members.

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

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s three ensembles will start rehearsals for their spring concert cycle on January 10th and 11th. Pictured is music director and conductor in the Chamber Symphony dress rehearsal for the past November fall Chamber Concert held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Youth Symphony Ensembles to Start Spring Rehearsals

January 5, 2020

Jamestown, N.Y. – Only a few days remain for the area’s talented student musicians to join one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) ensembles for the spring concert cycle.

Rehearsals will start on January 10th and January 11th in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert in May. CRYS provides an opportunity for students that will certainly enhance their musical skills and may even introduce them to potential lifelong friends.

Prelude Strings rehearsals begins on Friday, January 10th from 4:30p.m. to 5:30p.m. for beginning string players.

Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) rehearsals will begin on Saturday, January 11th from 11a.m. to 12:45p.m for intermediate string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players.

Chamber Symphony Orchestra (CSO) rehearsals will begin on Saturday, January 11th from 9a.m to 10:45a.m. for advanced string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players.

All rehearsals will take place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 West Fairmount Ave in Lakewood.

The season will conclude with the Spring Gala Concert on May 31 at 7p.m. at Chautauqua Institution’s Lenna Hall, a truly premier performance venue in the county. This provides a performance opportunity for students unlike anything else they could experience in our area.

Throughout the season there will be several coaching sessions scheduled where students will have the opportunity to work with professional musicians from the area such as SUNY Fredonia Music School Faculty and Chautauqua County music teachers.

The CRYS board also works hard to provide various enrichment opportunities to students throughout the season. These activities could range from college visits and tours to area music performances where students are able to meet and interact with professional performing musicians.

CRYS students pay tuition, however, various tuition assistance credits are available to everyone.

A full schedule of events including rehearsals, coaching sessions, and performances can be found on the CRYS website.

Interested students can register to participate at CRYouthSymphony.com. More information can be requested by emailing orchestra manager, Tim Przybelinski, at ChautauquaRYS@gmail.com.

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: The Chamber Orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony prepares to presents their Fall Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The free performance will be under the baton of Bryan Eckenrode.A small reception will follow.

Youth Symphony Prepares for Presentation of Fall Concert

November 18, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) opens its 2019-2020 season on Sunday evening, November 24, 7 p.m., with their Fall Chamber Orchestra 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 will follow the free performance and a freewill offering will be taken.

Compositions in the program include “Orientale” by Cesar Cui, “Variations on a Theme by Handel” by Maurice C. Whitney, “Hatikvah” by Nikola Ovanin and “Festival March” by C.M von Weber.

Acclaimed CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the concert. Eckenrode directs all three CRYS orchestras, Prelude Strings, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) as well as the Chamber Orchestra.

Registrations are being accepted now for the spring concert cycle for beginning string players in Prelude Strings, intermediate students in YAO, and advanced students in Chamber Orchestra. Rehearsals for the spring start in January with a spring concert to be held at Chautauqua Institution’s Lenna Hall on May 31, 2020

Membership in the organization is open to all students in Chautauqua County and surrounding areas who play an orchestral string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. There is no audition required to participate.

Interested students are encouraged to register directly on the CRYS website or reach out for more information.

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: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board comes together to prepare the annual fund donation mailing. Letters were sent to previous and prospective contributors asking for their support of the 2019-2020 season. Among those involved in the effort of putting the mailing together were (from left going clockwise) Nina Karbacka, Marie Karbacka, Amy Livingston, Ruth Marsh, Emily Paterniti, Michelle Battaglia, and Jonna Lampard.

Youth Symphony Prepares for Annual Fund Drive and Fall Chamber Symphony Concert

October 23, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – At their October meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members launched their annual fund drive for 2019-2020, the organization’s 33rd season.

The board is continuously working hard to provide additional meaningful experiences for the students enrolled in CRYS. Recently, a new string coach, Emani Barber, was hired to assist in the instruction of the string students. Barber originates from Charlotte, North Carolina and holds a degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently pursuing graduate work at Fredonia’s School of Music.

The Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the advanced ensemble of the organization, is currently working hard to prepare their fall concert. They will perform on November 24, at 7p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The concert will be directed by acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode and will be free to the public.

Eckenrode leads and conducts all three CRYS orchestras, Prelude Strings, Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) as well as the Chamber Symphony Orchestra.

Registrations are now being accepted for all three groups for the spring concert cycle. Rehearsals for the spring start in January with a spring concert to be held in Chautauqua Institution in May.

Membership in the organization is open to all students in Chautauqua County and surrounding areas who play an orchestral string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. There is no audition required to participate. Interested students are encouraged to register directly on the CRYS website.

CRYS students pay tuition, but significant financial assistance is offered to the students. CRYS receives essential funding from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students all participate in fundraising, 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 preferential reserved seating at the Spring Gala Concert that will be Sunday, May 31, 2020, 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 through the Donors page at CRYouthSymphony.com.

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: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board comes together for the first meeting in preparation for the new season welcoming their new board members. Pictured are: (back row, from left) Ruth Marsh, Jennifer Anderson, Jonna Lampard, Mary Plumb, Nancy Larson, Amy Livingston, (front row) Emily Paterniti, Marie Karbacka, and new board President; Nina Karbacka. Not pictured: Michelle Battaglia, Zach Stahlsmith

Youth Symphony Board Continues to Grow; Brings New Perspective and New Opportunities for Students

August 29th, 2019

Jamestown, N.Y. – In August the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony had its first board meeting of the new season welcoming the board’s new members.

CRYS consists of three performing groups: the most advanced Chamber Orchestra, the intermediate group; Young Artists Orchestra, and the beginning group; Prelude Strings.

A full up - to - date rehearsal and concert schedule can be found on the website; CRYouthSypmphony.com

One of the goals of the board is to have more parent representation on the board. New to the board this year are Jennifer Anderson, Jonna Lampard, Amy Livingston, Ruth Marsh, and Zach Stahlsmith. Mary Plumb joined the board in January of 2019 to step in as the board’s new treasurer.

Jennifer Anderson’s interest in the CRYS board is inspired by her 12-year-old daughter and her 6-year-old son who both began playing the violin at age four. She was a teacher in the Jamestown district for 10 years after attaining her Master’s Degree from SUNY Fredonia.

Jonna Lampard was born and raised in Jamestown, N.Y. She started playing violin in the Suzuki program under Nina Karbacka and continued to play in the orchestra through high school and was also a violinist in CRYS for many years. She met her husband, who plays the cello CRYS. Lampard has two young children, one of which is currently studying violin with Nina Karbacka in the Suzuki program as she did as a child.

Amy Livingston resides in Lakewood, N.Y., with her husband and their three sons. She has an educational background trained in Oceanography and Engineering. She is active in her church in Children’s Ministry teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and directing Children’s Choir and Dramas.

Ruth Marsh and her husband live in Bemus Point where they own and operate the Bemus Point Market. Having a daughter who now plays the cello introduced her family to the world of string instruments for the first time, which lead to the involvement in CRYS.

Western New York native Mary Plumb is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a former captain in the U.S. Air Force. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. She is currently a math teacher at Falconer Central School and supports the community in many roles, including Key Club Advisor, YMCA swim official, and a member of the Vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Zach Stahlsmith is currently a seminary student at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y. where he is pursuing his Masters of Divinity to follow a call to ordination in the United Methodist Church. Stahlsmith grew up singing in church groups, and school choirs while also playing guitar, mandolin, trumpet, and piano.

In addition, the continuing board members include Marie Karbacka, Emily Paterniti, and Michelle Battaglia. Nancy Larson also returns as the board’s immediate past president. Last season’s vice president, Nina Karbacka, steps into the role as board president for this season.

The board would also like to thank departing long time board members Lana Huston and Kathy Geary as well as marketing and development staff member Patricia Brininger for their many years of service to the CRYS board and to the organization.

Membership in the organization is open to all students in Chautauqua County and surrounding areas who play an orchestral string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. There is no audition required to participate. Interested students are encouraged to register directly on the CRYS website.

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: 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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Photo caption: Last Saturday (April 29) members of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) traveled to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” Costumed characters like the Stormtrooper pictured greeted the audience in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. The three CRYS orchestras will present their Spring Gala Concert in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at 4 p.m. next Sunday, May 7.

Youth Orchestras Hear Rochester Philharmonic

Prior to Their Own Concert Sunday

May 1, 2017

Jamestown, NY – The young musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) had an inspiring outing last Saturday when they heard the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.”

As the concert promotion described, “From a galaxy far, far away to a boy’s first day at Hogwarts, [John Williams] is the master behind the sound of the greatest films of our time.” Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz directed music from Star Wars, ET, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and more.

Chafetz spends his summers at Chautauqua Institution, where he is the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s timpanist and conductor for the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts, and where the three CRYS orchestras will perform next Sunday.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present its Spring Gala concert at 4 p.m. on May 7 in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The program culminates with their own John Williams work: a combined presentation of the main theme from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

In celebration of CRYS’s 30th anniversary, alumni who would like to participate in the finale can email their interest to chautauquays@gmail.com.

CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the beginning string players of Prelude Strings, the intermediate musicians of the Young Artists Orchestra, and the String Chamber Orchestra’s high school and college students in a program ranging from works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Grieg to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” and Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango.”

A beautiful music-themed quilt crafted by Linda Fuchs in red, white, and black will be raffled at the event. A reception will be held on the porch of the hall following 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.

The Rochester Philharmonic trip was supported in part by a grant from the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

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

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Photo caption: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) invites alumni to join the finale at the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution. Pictured here, cellist and CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode coaches members of the String Chamber Orchestra in preparation for the Gala.

Celebrating 30 Years, Youth Symphony Orchestras Prep for May 7 Concert

April 23, 2017

Jamestown, NY – “We’re proud that what began 30 years ago as the Jamestown Area Orchestra of Youth is now the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), with three youth orchestras,” stated board president Katie Derrenbacher.

Announcing the plans for the CRYS Spring Gala Concert, Derrenbacher said Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003, will conduct the 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

The varied program has Prelude Strings, the beginning string players, performing 16th & 17th Century Dance Tunes and Aires as well as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The selections by the intermediate musicians of the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) include “Sleepers Awake” from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 140 and Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango.” The String Chamber Orchestra, for those in high school and college, will perform works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Grieg, plus Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”

YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra had intensive rehearsals recently in preparation for the concert. Small groups of students found different spaces to work in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown, their usual rehearsal venue. Coaches prepping the young musicians included Faith Graham, Marie Karbacka, Michelle Battaglia, and Amy Cross.

The Gala will conclude with all three orchestras playing Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Polka and the main theme from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by John Williams.

CRYS alumni who would like to participate in the finale are invited to email their interest to chautauquays@gmail.com.

A beautiful music-themed quilt crafted by Linda Fuchs in red, white, and black will be raffled at the event.

A reception will be held on the porch of the hall following the performance.

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

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

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Photo caption: The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) reminds supporters that the fund drive for its 2016-2017 season is closing soon. Contributors will be named in the printed programs for its Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in May. Pictured here is conductor Bryan Eckenrode directing last spring’s performance.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Nearing Close

March 15, 2017

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) annual fund drive will be closing soon.

“We really appreciate all the support we receive from the community,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher. “In order to best acknowledge that support, we need to hear from folks soon.”

CRYS is celebrating its 30th season of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians.

The three orchestras sponsored by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the String Chamber Orchestra of advanced musicians in high school and college.

Weekly rehearsals are led by Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, with additional coaching by other professionals. Students pay tuition for their training, but significant assistance is provided to those who need it.

In late April, CRYS students will take a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a backstage get-together with some of the orchestra members.

CRYS receives important support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members, and students participate in fund raising events, donations from individuals and local businesses are essential.

Among the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognitions on its website and in printed concert programs and complimentary admissions to its Spring Gala Concert. This year’s performance will be Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

While expressing gratitude for a recent generous contribution from Robinson Law Office, Derrenbacher said, “We need to hear from all our supporters by April 15 to be sure they receive the recognition they deserve.”

Tax-deductible donations to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P. O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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 at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund and H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts. The award supports the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, pictured here.

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant for Conductor

March 6. 2017

Jamestown, NY – Board members of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) were delighted recently to receive a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The award from the foundation’s Blossom Fund and H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts will be used for the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director, Bryan Eckenrode.

“We are so grateful for the Community Foundation’s support of Bryan over many years,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher. “It has been critically important in our work to give our students an exceptional music education experience.”

Celebrating its 30th season, CRYS was established to provide quality classical music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and to add to the cultural offerings of our area.

Acclaimed both as a cellist and a conductor, Eckenrode took the musical reins of CRYS in 2003. The organization then had a single orchestra which is now the String Chamber Orchestra, its most advanced group for high school and college musicians. Prelude Strings for beginning string players and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate students were formed under Eckenrode’s leadership.

The application CRYS submitted to the Community Foundation stressed the value of music education, noting that, “Numerous studies have shown the significant impact music education has on child development, with improvements in motor skills, language development, visual learning, decision making, inventiveness, IQ, and academic performance.” As an example of CRYS’s contribution to helping develop our community’s leaders, it noted that, “Our newest board member is a CRYS ‘graduate’ who is now the 5th-12th grade band director at Chautauqua Lake Central School.”

In late April, CRYS students will take a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The Community Foundation also provided support for this enrichment experience that will include a backstage get-together with some of the orchestra members.

The culmination of this season will be the orchestras’ presentation of their Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 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 at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The Star Wars theme was performed by the combined orchestras at last May’s Spring Gala Concert in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall, as pictured here.

January 13, 2017

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a spring enrichment experience for its musicians.

The grant will help cover the expenses for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a “backstage” get-together with some of the orchestra members.

“We are so grateful for this support from the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher, “and this will be such a wonderful opportunity for our students!”

The award comes from the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras. Prelude Strings is the orchestra for beginning string players, primarily middle schoolers. Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is a full orchestra for mid-level and above players, primarily upper middle and high school students. The most advanced orchestra, the String Chamber Orchestra, is for string players in high school and college. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra.

Derrenbacher noted that the Star Wars theme was performed by the combined orchestras at last May’s Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua, adding, “The students were delighted with this selection, so we expect the program by the Rochester Philharmonic to have great appeal.”

A composer of classical concerti and other orchestral works, John Williams’s music for Star Wars was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time. Its soundtrack was preserved by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Auditions were held recently to determine correct ensemble and seating placement.

Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons, while YAO and String Chamber Orchestra rehearse on Saturday morning and afternoon.

The season will culminate with the Spring Gala Concert scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth 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. The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs. Tax-deductible gifts can be mailed to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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 www.CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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Youth Symphony Audition Applications Due Friday, December 16

Photo caption: Friday, December 16, 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 the Star Wars theme at their Spring Gala Concert last May in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall. A field trip is planned for CRYS students next spring to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.”

December 5, 2016

Jamestown, NY – “The three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) present wonderful opportunities for serious music students!”

With these words, board president Katie Derrenbacher announced plans for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s 30th season and the importance of teachers recommending their students soon.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras. Prelude Strings is the orchestra for beginning string players, primarily middle schoolers. Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is a full orchestra for mid-level and above players, primarily upper middle and high school students. The most advanced orchestra, the String Chamber Orchestra, is exclusively for string players in high school and college. 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. The Buffalo Philharmonic is among the orchestras he has performed with, including as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. The program coordinator for Artpark’s Music in the Woods series, Eckenrode is music director and conductor for the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, has made frequent guest conducting appearances, and has taught at Canisius and Villa Maria Colleges, SUNY Buffalo State, and the Nichols School in Buffalo.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. In order to determine correct ensemble and seating placement, auditions are planned for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, 2017. Audition application forms need to be completed by December 16.

Weekly rehearsals for Prelude Strings begin on Friday, January 13, 2017, 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 14, 2017. YAO will rehearse 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Chamber Orchestra, 12:15 to1:45 p.m.

Plans are being made for a spring enrichment experience for all CRYS students to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a “backstage” get-together with some of the orchestra members.

The season will culminate with the Spring Gala Concert scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth 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.

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 www.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 contributors, asking for their support of the 2016-2017 season. Among those participating in the effort were (seated from left) Tammy Lachner, CRYS manager, and board members Lana Huston, Nancy Larson, Michelle Battaglia, (standing from left) Kathy Geary, Tim Pryzbelinski, Katie Derrenbacher, and Sara Kennison.

Youth Symphony Launches Fund Drive for 30th Season

November 16, 2016

Jamestown, NY – “As we begin our 30th season, we are excited about some changes we have made and the opportunities we continue to offer serious music student in our region,” said Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board president Katie Derrenbacher. “It is the support of so many in the community that makes these opportunities possible!”

At their November meeting, CRYS board members launched their annual fund drive for the 2016-2017 season.

Derrenbacher continued, “In keeping with the changing times – like the closing of the Suzuki Strings program in the Jamestown Public Schools and the demands made on student musicians – CRYS has made some changes as well. Serious music students can find a spot in one of our three orchestras, each with a slightly new focus, all continuing under the professional leadership of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode.”

Prelude Strings remains the orchestra for beginning string players, now primarily middle schoolers. Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) will be a full orchestra for mid-level and above players, primarily upper middle and high school students. The most advanced orchestra, formerly the Youth Symphony, is now the String Chamber Orchestra, exclusively for string players in high school and college. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. In order to determine correct ensemble and seating placement, auditions are planned for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, 2017. Audition application forms need to be completed by December 16.

Weekly rehearsals for Prelude Strings begin on Friday, January 13, 2017, 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 14, 2017. YAO will rehearse 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Chamber Orchestra, 12:15 to1:45 p.m.

Plans are being made for a spring enrichment experience for all CRYS students to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a “backstage” get-together with some of the orchestra members.

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. Donors can also receive complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.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 contributors, asking for their support of the 2016-2017 season. Among those participating in the effort were (seated from left) Tammy Lachner, CRYS manager, and board members Lana Huston, Nancy Larson, Michelle Battaglia, (standing from left) Kathy Geary, Tim Pryzbelinski, Katie Derrenbacher, and Sara Kennison.

Youth Symphony Board Welcomes New Members, Manager

September 23, 2016

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed three new members and their new manager at their September meeting.

Joining the board were Julia Herman, Nancy Larson, and Tim Pryzbelinski. Tammy Lachner is CRYS’s new manager.

“It’s exciting to begin our 30th season with these great additions,” said President Katie Derrenbacher, “and we’re looking forward to some of the changes we are making!”

With degrees from Jamestown Community College, the University at Buffalo, and a Masters of Science in Adolescence Education from St. Bonaventure University, Julie Herman served as CRYS manager for the past four seasons and is now joining the board. A resident of Conewango, New York, she is employed by Gowanda Central School District as a teaching assistant.

Recently retired after 40 years in the optical business locally, Nancy Larson is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with majors in French horn and Music Education. She is now actively performing in several groups including New Horizons Band of Western New York, Jamestown Area Community Orchestra, Jamestown Community College Concert Band, Jamestown Municipal Band, Warren Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Institution’s Thursday Morning Brass, as well as pit orchestras for JCC and Lucille Ball Little Theatre.

Tim Przybelinski teaches grades 5-12 band at Chautauqua Lake Central School. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Penn State University and a Master of Music in trombone performance degree from the University of Delaware. A Jamestown native, he graduated from Jamestown High School and was also a Youth Symphony student.

CRYS’s new manager, Tammy Lachner, is a graduate of Southwestern Central School and Jamestown Community College. The owner of Tammarie Designs, she has a website with a blog and Etsy shop. Her son participates in CRYS’s Young Artists Orchestra.

In addition to Derrenbacher, continuing CRYS board members are Michelle Battaglia, Michelle Carlson, Sarah Flaherty, Kathy Geary, and Lana Huston.

Derrenbacher noted that the closing a few years ago of the Suzuki Strings program in the Jamestown Public Schools has made a difference in the ages at which students reach different performance levels. At the same time, student musicians have many demands on their time. As a result, she said, “We are continuing to have three orchestras, but we are changing their make-up and – in one case – their name.”

Prelude Strings will remain the orchestra for beginning string players. These students will now be primarily middle schoolers, instead of the elementary students of the past.

The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) will include players of orchestral instruments at NYSSMA level III or IV and above, primarily upper middle and high school students.

The most advanced orchestra, formerly the Youth Symphony, will become the String Chamber Orchestra, exclusively for string players in high school and college. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra.

Distinguished performer and conductor Bryan Eckenrode is CRYS Music Director and Conductor for rehearsals that begin in January.

Orchestra participants are selected by teacher recommendation. Students will be auditioned in early January for proper placement in one of the three orchestras.

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

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Photo caption: The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is making some exciting changes for the 2016-2017 season as well as recruiting a new manager. Pictured here is part of the combined Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony conducted by Maestro Bryan Eckenrode at the Spring Gala Concert last Sunday (May 15, 2016) at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Youth Symphony Making Changes, Recruiting Manager

May 17, 2016

Jamestown, NY – Following their recent Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, the board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is announcing some new directions.

“Circumstances change over time, and we are changing with them,” said board president Tanya Anderson.

Anderson noted that the closing a few years ago of the Suzuki Strings program in the Jamestown Public Schools has made a difference in the ages at which students reach different performance levels. At the same time, student musicians have a lot of demands on their time.

“After careful examination and much thought,” Anderson said, “we are continuing to have three orchestras, but we are changing their make-up and – in one case – their name.”

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS will continue to offer classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from middle school through college.

Prelude Strings will remain the orchestra for beginning string players. These students will now be primarily middle schoolers, instead of the elementary students of the past.

The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) will include players of orchestral instruments at NYSSMA level III or IV and above, primarily upper middle and high school students.

The most advanced orchestra, formerly the Youth Symphony, will become the Strings Chamber Orchestra, exclusively for string players in high school and college. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the Strings Chamber Orchestra.

“We’ve found that, with all their extracurricular sports and musical demands, it’s increasingly been a challenge to have enough non-string players to maintain a balanced performance group,” Anderson said. “At the same time, it is important for string players to have the opportunities CRYS provides. Our solution is to make our ‘senior’ orchestra strings only.”

The change will provide some exciting possibilities for these students, including a different repertoire and performance options.

All three orchestras will begin rehearsals after the holidays, preparing for the traditional Spring Gala Concert in May. Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons at Christ First United Methodist Church, while the Young Artists and Strings Chamber Orchestras rehearse at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday mornings.

The CRYS board will also be filling the orchestra manager’s position and is accepting applications through June 30. Interviews will be held in August for the part-time position that begins October 1, 2016. A full job description and an application form are online at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit their Facebook page and website, www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: At their recent Chautauqua Weekend the Youth Symphony, the senior of three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), prepared for CRYS’s Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. Some of the woodwinds and brass are pictured here in rehearsal.

Chautauqua Weekend Prepares Youth Symphony for May 15 Concert

May 2, 2016

Jamestown, NY – The senior orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently had an intense Chautauqua Weekend in preparation for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 15.

The highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians that make up the Youth Symphony enjoyed sectional rehearsals with coaches, full rehearsals under the direction of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode, as well as some social time.

Their 4 p.m. concert will be in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, where their rehearsals were held. The concert will also include performances by Prelude Strings, CRYS’s beginning string musicians, and the Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate students.

Included on the program will be Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, Handel’s “Alyesford Piece,” Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Schubert’s “Overture in D Major,” Moussorgski’s “Gopak,” and Wagner’s March from Die Meistersinger.

The concert will conclude with all three orchestras playing the Main Theme from Star Wars.

Weather permitting, a reception will be held on the porch of the hall following the performance.

The Chautauqua Weekend was made possible in part by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Tickets are $12. Presale tickets for $10 are available from the musicians and by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and pictures from the Chautauqua Weekend, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, sponsor of three orchestras for young musicians, will soon close the fund drive for its 2015-2016 season. Pictured here is the Youth Symphony performing its Spring Gala Concert last year.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Nearing Close of Fund Drive

March 30, 2016

Jamestown, NY – The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) will soon be closing their annual fund drive.

“The financial support of the community is really important for CRYS to be able to continue its work of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians,” said President Tanya Anderson.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

CRYS students have weekly rehearsals led by Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, as well as coaching by other music professionals. Students pay tuition for their training, but significant tuition assistance is provided to those who need it.

CRYS receives important support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students participate in fund raising events, donations from individuals and local businesses are essential.

Among the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and complimentary admissions to its Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

“We need to hear from our supporters by April 15 to be sure they receive the recognitions they deserve,” Anderson said.

Tax-deductible donations to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS, visit their Facebook page or their website at www.cryouthsymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. The awards will support CRYS’s Chautauqua Weekend and the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. Eckenrode is pictured here conducting a rehearsal of the Youth Symphony in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Youth Symphony Receives Two Grants from Community Foundation

March 14, 2016

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Both awards come from the Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, and the other funds the Youth Symphony’s Chautauqua Weekend.

“The Community Foundation is wonderfully supportive of our work,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, “and we’re so grateful for everything they do.”

Maestro Eckenrode is well known both as a cellist and a conductor. When he began with the organization in 2003, it had a single orchestra that is now the Youth Symphony/. The Youth Symphony is CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians. Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate players were formed under Eckenrode’s leadership.

Following recent auditions, all three orchestras are beginning rehearsals for their Spring Gala on Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2016. For the first time in recent years, this concert will be in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for Youth Symphony members. The Weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons, and extensive rehearsing.

“It is especially exciting that this year the May concert will be in the same fantastic space where the Youth Symphony rehearses during their Chautauqua Weekend,” added Anderson. “We’re looking forward to an exceptional event!”

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will hold auditions for all three of its orchestras on January 9 and 10, 2016, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Some of the Youth Symphony’s string players are shown here performing at a Scandinavian Foundation holiday dinner at Holy Trinity Church in Jamestown. Director Bryan Eckenrode is playing with them on the left.

Youth Orchestras Auditions Set for January 9-10, 2016

December 10, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) will hold auditions for all three of its orchestras on Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10, 2016.

This is CRYS’s 29th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. Acclaimed performer and conductor Bryan Eckenrode is the Music Director and Conductor of all three orchestras.

Orchestra members are selected by teacher recommendation and audition. Both private and public school music teachers are encouraged to contact CRYS for this distinctive opportunity for their students who show special talent or interest in performing.

Rehearsals for Prelude Strings, the beginning orchestra for string musicians, start on Friday afternoon, January 15, 2016, at Christ First Methodist Church in Jamestown. Prelude students are expected to have at least one year’s experience reading music and be able to perform at a NYSSMA level I or II.

CRYS’s other two orchestras begin their Saturday rehearsals on January 16, 2016, on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is for intermediate musicians, including string, brass, wind and percussion players, able to perform at a NYSSMA level III or IV. The Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group, is composed of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians playing at NYSSMA level V or VI.

In April, Youth Symphony students will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.

The rehearsals and Chautauqua Weekend are in preparation for the three orchestras’ Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

Details of expectations of CRYS students and parents can be found in the documents on the “Updates and Information for Musicians” page at the website www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

To learn how your child or student can participate in one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email jherman12@outlook.com.

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Photo caption: Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members recently sent letters to previous contributors, asking for their support of CRYS’s 2015-2016 season. Among those participating at their November meeting were (seated from left) Lana Huston, Sara Flaherty, Kathy Geary, (standing from left) Katie Derrenbacher, Julia Herman (manager), and Michelle Carlson.

Youth Symphony Begins Annual Fund Drive Appeal

November 12, 2015

Jamestown, NY – At their November meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members began their annual fund drive for the 2015-2016 season.

“As we say in our appeal, you may love music or orchestras or kids. Or you may know what a great combination those three make,” said board president Tanya Anderson. “For whatever reason, we appreciate all the contributors to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony.”

Anderson pointed out that CRYS students give performances -- several of which are free -- that enrich the community, and the students are enriched as well. “We know that whether music becomes their profession or their pastime, our students’ participation in a demanding performance group will have a long-term positive impact on their lives.”

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

Under the professional leadership of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS Music Director and Conductor since 2003, students have learning opportunities that are unique in this area.

For example, the Youth Symphony is one of the few youth orchestras in the world to use Baroque bows. These bows produce an authentic Baroque chamber music sound, like the small chamber groups that played for dinners in the 17th and early 18th centuries. This is a different sound and uses a different technique than the usual bows.

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.

This 29th season will open with the string players of the Youth Symphony performing their Holiday Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 22, at 7 p.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown. The varied program will feature classical favorites by Bach and Vivaldi, contemporary numbers from the movie Titanic, the video game Silent Hill 2, and by the British alternative rock band Coldplay, as well as medleys of traditional Christmas carols.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

CRYS 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 on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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

To schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Youth Symphony Holiday Chamber Concert Sunday Evening, November 22

November 12, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 2014-2015 season with their Holiday Chamber Concert on Sunday evening, November 22.

The string players of the Youth Symphony will perform at 7 p.m. in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown, across from the Prendergast Library.

Acclaimed CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the concert, and a freewill offering will be taken.

Classical compositions in the diverse program will include Vivaldi’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and “Concerto (Sinfonia) Alla Rustica” and the First Movement of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No.5.”

On a more contemporary note will be “An Irish Party in Third Class” from one of the most memorable moments in the movie Titanic, “Viva la Vida” by the British alternative rock band Coldplay, and “Promise” from the video game Silent Hill 2, arranged by former Youth Symphony member Kenneth Hultin.

In the holiday spirit, John Caponegro’s arrangement of “Christmas Carols for Strings” pulls together eight favorite songs of the season, and “Santa at the Symphony” blends classical music themes with seasonal melodies

The Chamber Orchestra will also perform some of these at the Chautauqua Mall at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 13.

Nominated by teacher recommendation and placed by audition, CRYS students participate in one of three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page. To schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: The string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present their Holiday Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 22, at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. The varied program will feature classical favorites by Bach and Vivaldi, contemporary numbers from the movie Titanic, the video game Silent Hill 2, and by the British alternative rock band Coldplay, and medleys of traditional Christmas carols. Pictured here are the musicians at last year’s performance.

Youth Symphony Performing at Chautauqua Mall

November 4, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 29th season with performances by the Chamber Orchestra, the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony.

On Friday evening, November 13, at 7 p.m. these young musicians will perform at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood,, New York. CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the performance, which is free and open to the public.

After providing the entertainment for the Scandinavian Foundation’s holiday dinner a week later, the Chamber Orchestra will present their annual concert on Sunday evening, November 22. The 7 p.m. event will be at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown. This is also a free concert, open to the public.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

Nominated by teacher recommendation and selected by audition, CRYS students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area. In recent years they have taken field trips to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz and the Rochester Philharmonic accompany the Peking Acrobats.

In the spring the Youth Symphony has a weekend of intensive ensemble practices and full rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert. The Gala, featuring all three orchestras, is planned for Sunday, May 15, 2016, in the Elizabeth Lenna Hall on the Institution grounds.

Regular rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.

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

To schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: The Chamber Orchestra, the advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, will perform at the Chautauqua Mall on Friday evening, November 13, at 7 p.m. This first of several performances this fall will be under the direction of conductor Bryan Eckenrode. Pictured here are musicians in a previous Chamber appearance at the Mall.

Rehearsals Beginning for Youth Symphony Advanced String Players

September 5, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is beginning its 29th season of offering young musicians in the southwestern New York/northwestern Pennsylvania region the rare opportunity to perform classical music in an orchestra with a renowned professional conductor.

Rehearsals for the Chamber Orchestra, the string players of CRYS’s most advanced orchestra, the Youth Symphony, begin on Saturday, September 12. Rehearsals are on the stage of Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Center for the Arts from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, the Youth Symphony is composed of highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college. The advanced string players will perform a Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 22, at 7 p.m. in Jamestown’s SS. Peter & Paul Church.

Rehearsals for the full Youth Symphony, including wind, brass and percussion players, begin Saturday, January 16, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

In the spring, the Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend. The students stay overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, where they have intense rehearsals, coaching, and a good time socializing.

Rehearsals for CRYS’s other two orchestras start in January. The first rehearsal for Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, will be on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 4-5:30 p.m. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) of intermediate level musicians begins rehearsals on Saturday, January 16, 2016, on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. YAO rehearses from 9-10:30 a.m.

CRYS Music Director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct all three orchestras in their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown.

Eckenrode made his Lincoln Center debut in 2003, returning in 2006. On the faculties of Canisius College, Niagara University and Jamestown Community College, he is also the director of the string department at Villa Maria College, Buffalo, and principal cellist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony. He performs with several other orchestras and conducts the Warren (Pennsylvania) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo City Strings, and the Vivace String Camp Orchestra at Houghton College.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation and audition. Ensembles from the Youth Symphony can be available to perform for local groups.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Saturday, September 12, will be the first rehearsal for the advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) in preparation for their Sunday, November 22, Chamber Concert. They are pictured here in last year’s performance at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Jamestown.

Youth Orchestras Enjoy Rochester Trip Before May 3 Concert

April 20, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The young musicians of the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras took an inspiring break from their rehearsal schedule recently.

The students, who have been working hard to prepare for their Spring Gala Concert at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts on Sunday, May 3, found their trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) to be truly motivating.

Board president Tanya Anderson accompanied the group when they heard the RPO accompany the Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Rochester’s Eastman Theatre. “Both the music and the acrobats were amazing,” Anderson said. “The addition of Jigu! Thunder Drums of China, a company of drummers, percussionists, and musicians, made the experience simply spectacular!”

Anderson added that the CRYS students were further inspired by a meet-and-greet beforehand with Thomas Rodgers, principal second violin, and Anna Steltenpohl, oboe and English horn, of the RPO. They enjoyed dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que prior to their arrival.

CRYS 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 Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

The 4 p.m. program offerings will be wide-ranging, including Roumanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok, highlights from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Gavotte from Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.

A reception will be held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the concert.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. They can be purchased through the box office of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts by phone, (716) 484-7070, or online at www.reglenna.com. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present their Spring Gala Concert on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. The young musicians are pictured here when they took a break from their rehearsal schedule to enjoy an enrichment experience, traveling to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra accompany The Peking Acrobats.

Youth Orchestras Enjoy Rochester Trip Before May 3 Concert

April 12, 2015

Jamestown, NY – Every spring the Youth Symphony, the premier orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), spends an overnight at Chautauqua Institution.

At this “Chautauqua Weekend” these highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians have full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with coaches, and a wrap-up demonstration. They also enjoy a pizza party and camaraderie as part of their stay at Bellinger Hall.

The 2015 event was held this past weekend, April 10-11, under the leadership of CRYS’s acclaimed conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode. In addition to Eckenrode, professional music instructors Derek Chazen, Amy Cross, Brian Hornbuckle, Nina Karbacka, and Sue Tillotson coached the students.

Board members who helped with the weekend’s activities included Katie Derrenbacher, Sara Flaherty and Michelle Carlson, assisted by her husband, Nathaniel Carlson, as well as CRYS Manager Julia Herman.

Significant funding for the Chautauqua Weekend was provided by a grant from the Blossom Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The Blossom Fund also provided a grant in support of Maestro Eckenrode’s honorarium.

The intensive experience was a preparation for the Youth Symphony’s performance at their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

Featured as well at the Spring Gala will be CRYS’s Prelude Strings of beginning string players and the Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate musicians.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

For ticket information about the May 3 concert, call (716) 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.

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Photo caption: The students in the Youth Symphony of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) just completed a weekend of intensive study and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution. Pictured here are some of the violinists at a rehearsal in Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), sponsor of three young persons orchestras, will soon close the fund drive for its 2014-2015 season. Pictured here are the violas and second violins of last season’s Young Artists Orchestra being coached by string instructor Gina Wakefield.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Closing

March 16, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is reminding the community of the closing of their annual fund drive.

“It’s important to us to show our appreciation to all our contributors,” said CRYS President Tanya Anderson. “We need to hear from our supporters soon, so they don’t miss out.”

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

CRYS students have weekly rehearsals led by Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, as well as coaching by other music professionals. Additional learning opportunities include an annual field trip to hear a professional orchestra and an intense weekend workshop at Chautauqua Institution for the Youth Symphony.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is in the final stages of its annual fund drive. Among the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and complimentary admissions to its Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

Students pay tuition for their training with CRYS, but significant tuition assistance is provided. CRYS receives important support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students participate in fund raising events, donations from individuals and local businesses are essential.

Tax-deductible donations to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS, visit their Facebook page or website at www.cryouthsymphony.com.

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Community Foundation Awards Two Grants to Youth Symphony

January 15, 2015

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded two grants to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for this support,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, “and we’re thrilled with the confidence it represents.”

Both grants are funded through the Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and the other funds the Youth Symphony’s Chautauqua Weekend.

Maestro Eckenrode, widely acclaimed for both his performance and his conducting, took the musical helm of CRYS in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Two more orchestras were formed under Eckenrode’s leadership: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate players.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for the Youth Symphony. The Weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons, and extensive rehearsing.

In April CRYS students will travel to Rochester for a meet-and-greet with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Then they will enjoy an evening performance of the RPO accompanying The Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

All three CRYS orchestras have begun rehearsals for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 3, at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded two grants from the Blossom Fund to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). The funds will support CRYS’s Chautauqua Weekend and the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. The Youth Symphony is pictured here in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall at their 2014 Chautauqua Weekend, with Maestro Eckenrode at the right.
Photo caption: All three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras begin rehearsals in January for their Spring Gala Concert in May. The Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Symphony’s advanced string players, are seen here during their performance on the mezzanine of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts before the recent Symphoria concert presented by The Reg and the Jamestown Concert Association.

Youth Orchestras Begin Rehearsals in January

December 10, 2014

Jamestown, NY – Time is running out for young musicians to enroll in one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras for the 2014-2015 season.

Music teachers are encouraged to contact CRYS for this distinctive opportunity for their students who show special talent or interest in performing.

This is CRYS’s 28th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. Acclaimed performer and conductor Bryan Eckenrode is the Music Director and Conductor of all three student orchestras.

January 9, 2015, will be the first rehearsal of the season for Prelude Strings. These beginning string musicians rehearse on Friday afternoons in the chapel on the Lutheran Campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown.

CRYS’s other two orchestras begin their Saturday rehearsals on January 10, 2015, on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players. The Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group, is composed of highly talented and motivated advanced high school and college musicians.

In March, Youth Symphony musicians will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.

In April CRYS students will travel to Rochester for a meet-and-greet with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Then they will enjoy an evening performance of the RPO accompanying The Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The rehearsals and Chautauqua Weekend are in preparation for the three orchestras’ Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Students in YAO and the Youth Symphony audition in order to determine correct ensemble and seating placement. YAO auditions will be scheduled for Saturday, January 3, and Youth Symphony auditions for Sunday, January 4. Audition Application Forms need to be completed by December 19.

To learn how your child or student can participate in one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email jherman12@outlook.com. For more information, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: At their November meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board members sent letters to previous and potential contributors, asking for their support of CRYS’s 2014-2015 season. Among those working on the mailing were (seated from left) Tanya Anderson, Lana Huston, Michelle Battaglia, Kathy Geary, (standing from left) Julia Herman, Dan Klinczar, Katie Derrenbacher, and Julie Pawlak.

Youth Symphony Launches Annual Fund Drive

November 12, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has launched its annual fund drive for the 2014-2015 season.

“We are excited about the wonderful opportunities that CRYS offers to talented and motivated young musicians and for what we offer to the community,” said board president Tanya Anderson.

Anderson pointed out that CRYS students give performances, several of which are free, that enrich the community, and that the students are enriched as well. “We know that whether music becomes their profession or their pastime, our students’ participation in a demanding performance group will have a long-term positive impact on their lives.”

At their November meeting, CRYS board members sent letters to previous and potential contributors, asking them to support the new season.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

This 28th season will open with the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony performing their Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown. The program ranges from Mozart and Pachebel’s Canon to Lennon & McCartney and “Jazz Pizzicato.”

Under the professional leadership of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS Music Director and Conductor since 2003, students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

The Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive coaching and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in early spring.

After trips the past two springs to meet some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and hear them perform, in April CRYS students will journey to Rochester to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra accompany The Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

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.

CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: The advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present their Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. In addition to holiday selections, the program will feature music from Mozart, Gluck and Janacek to Karl Jenkins, whose Palladio many will recognize from a familiar diamond advertising campaign.

Youth Symphony Chamber Concert is Sunday Evening, November 23

November 11, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 2014-2015 season with their Chamber Concert on Sunday evening, November 23.

The advanced string players of the Youth Symphony will perform at 7 p.m. in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

Acclaimed CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the concert, and a freewill offering will be taken.

In addition to holiday selections, the program will feature music from Mozart, Gluck and Janacek to Karl Jenkins, whose Palladio many will recognize from a familiar diamond advertising campaign.

The chamber orchestra will also perform some of these at the Chautauqua Mall at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 14, and at the Scandinavian Foundation’s holiday dinner the next evening.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

Chosen by teacher recommendation, CRYS students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

In March the Youth Symphony will have a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive work with coaches at Chautauqua Institution in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, in The Reg.

In April, students from all three orchestras will travel to Rochester to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra accompany The Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians or to schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board welcomed two new members at their September meeting, Julie Pavlak and Dan Klinczar. The Youth Symphony’s advanced string players begin rehearsals on September 20 for their Chamber Concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, at SS. Peter & Paul Church in downtown Jamestown, New York.

Youth Symphony Board Adds New Members

September 17, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed two new members at their September meeting.

CRYS gives music students in the southwestern New York/northwestern Pennsylvania region the opportunity to perform classical music in one of three orchestras.

“It’s exciting to begin our 28th season with two great additions to our board, Julie Pavlak and Dan Klinczer,” said President Tanya Anderson. “These professionals are sure to further enhance what we offer our young musicians!”

Both of the new board members are teachers in area schools.

Julie Pavlak teaches third grade at Falconer, where she was a student herself. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, she is the Boosters secretary for the Falconer Marching Band. Now a Jamestown resident, Pavlak is very active in the lives of her three children, one of whom is a current CRYS student.

Dan Klinczar is the Director of Bands at Clymer Central School where he has taught instrumental music in grades 4-12 since 2010. A recent transplant to Jamestown from Olean, Klinczar graduated from Hamburg High School, received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and is currently studying at Kent State University for his Master’s in Music Education.

In addition to President Anderson, returning CRYS board members are Michelle Battaglia, Michelle Carlson, Katie Derrenbacher, Kathy Geary, and Lana Huston.

Distinguished performer and conductor Bryan Eckenrode is Music Director and Conductor for all three CRYS orchestras. Under his direction, the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony will begin rehearsals on September 20 for their Chamber Concert on Sunday evening, November 23, in SS. Peter & Paul Church in downtown Jamestown, New York.

CRYS’s two other performing groups are the Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate instrumental students, and Prelude Strings, the beginning strings orchestra. These and the full Youth Symphony begin rehearsals after the holidays for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015, in Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.

In the spring, the Youth Symphony will have its annual Chautauqua Weekend of intense rehearsals, coaching, and a good time socializing. A spring enrichment experience is being planned for all three orchestras to travel to hear a professional orchestra concert.

Orchestra participants are selected by teacher recommendation. Prior to the beginning of rehearsals in January, the students will be auditioned for proper placement in one of the three orchestras.

Upon request, ensembles from the Youth Symphony can be available to perform for local groups.

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

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Photo caption: Saturday, September 20, will be the first rehearsal for the advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) in preparation for their November 23 Chamber Concert. They are pictured here in last year’s performance at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Advanced String Players Beginning Rehearsals

September 1, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is beginning its 28th season of offering young musicians in the southwestern New York/northwestern Pennsylvania region the rare opportunity to perform classical music in an orchestra with a renowned professional conductor.

Rehearsals for the Chamber Orchestra, the string players of CRYS’s most advanced orchestra, the Youth Symphony, begin on Saturday, September 20. Rehearsals are on the stage of Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Center for the Arts from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, the Youth Symphony is composed of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. The advanced string players will perform a Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m.

Rehearsals for the full Youth Symphony, including wind, brass and percussion players, begin Saturday, January 10, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

In the spring, the Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend. The students stay overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, where they have intense rehearsals, coaching, and a good time socializing.

Rehearsals for CRYS’s other two orchestras start in January. The first rehearsal for Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, will be on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 4-5:30 p.m. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) of intermediate level musicians begins rehearsals on Saturday, January 10, 2015, on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. YAO rehearses from 9-10:30 a.m.

An enrichment experience is being planned for next spring for all three orchestras, similar to trips the past two seasons to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO). In 2013 CRYS students heard the PSO as they accompanied a screening of The Wizard of Oz and this past April they enjoyed “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.”

CRYS Music Director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct all three orchestras in their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown.

Eckenrode made his Lincoln Center debut in 2003, returning in 2006. On the faculties of Canisius College, Niagara University and Jamestown Community College, he is also the director of the string department at Villa Maria College, Buffalo, and principal cellist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony. He performs with several other orchestras and conducts the Warren (Pennsylvania) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo City Strings, and the Vivace String Camp Orchestra at Houghton College.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Ensembles from the Youth Symphony can be available to perform for local groups.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The cellists of the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) are shown here rehearsing with coach Nina Karbacha (center) in the lobby of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The YAO will join Prelude Strings and the Youth Symphony, the other two orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, for their Spring Gala Concert on the stage of “The Reg” on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 4, is Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Concert

April 21, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) have been rehearsing since January for their Spring Gala Concert.

The intermediate instrumental students of the Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony’s highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians rehearse on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

Prelude Strings, CRYS’s orchestra for beginning string musicians, will join these two orchestras for their concert at “The Reg” on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m..

All the young people perform under the leadership of CRYS conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode.

Maestro Eckenrode’s broad background includes serving as principal cellist of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony, both of which he has also guest conducted, and the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is also conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. Eckenrode has recorded not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He is an adjunct professor at Canisius College and Jamestown Community College, director of the string department at Villa Maria College, and on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo.

Music on the program will wide-ranging, including Goldsmith’s “Viva Vivaldi,” Strauss’s “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” “Menuetto” from Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes, Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” and “Led Zeppelin Reunion.”

The Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony will combine to close the program with “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)/Edge of Glory.”

A reception will be held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the performance.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. They can be purchased through the box office of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, in person at 116 East Third Street, by phone at (716) 484-7070, or online at www.reglenna.com.

CRYS receives support from local foundations and other community organizations and individuals, including a significant individual contribution this season from Jon and Aubin Gren.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: On Saturday, April 12, students of the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras heard the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony,” a concert of all cartoon music. Before the performance, they met with Andrew Wickesberg (far right), violist in the Symphony and conductor of Symphonette, the string orchestra of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras. The young musicians will present their own Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 4, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Orchestras Travel to Pittsburgh

April 14, 2014

Jamestown, NY – “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” -- “that rascally rabbit” and his friends Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Yosemite Sam and more -- really?

Yes, that’s what students in the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras enjoyed on Saturday, April 12. The fun fusion of classical music and classic animation was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the show’s creator, Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty. Daugherty has been touring the United States and Canada with “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” since last fall.

Before the performance CRYS musicians met with Andrew Wickesberg, violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony and conductor of Symphonette, the string orchestra of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras. Then they took their seats in Pittsburgh’s beautiful Heinz Hall and watched some of everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, combined with their original scores. There was a special on-screen guest appearance by Tom and Jerry, as well as two new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts. The concert showcased the most beloved and iconic cartoon shorts in animation history, including “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Baton Bunny,” “Rhapsody Rabbit” and many others.

Following the matinee performance, the group had dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

“It was a wonderful experience for the adult chaperones as well as the students,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson. “Inspired as well by last year’s trip to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony accompany The Wizard of Oz, we’re looking forward to making a musical field trip an annual event for our young musicians.”

CRYS has three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians in high school and college. Under the leadership of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode, they have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area, including an intense weekend workshop at Chautauqua Institution.

All CRYS students have been preparing for their annual Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 4, 2014, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

For ticket information about the May 4 concert, call (716) 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.

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Photo caption: The Youth Symphony of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently had a weekend of intensive study and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution. The experience was in preparation for CRYS’s Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The musicians are shown here where they rehearsed in Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall; conductor Bryan Eckenrode is at the right.

Chautauqua Weekend is Preparation for Youth Symphony

April 1, 2014

Jamestown, NY – A weekend of intensive musical study at Chautauqua Institution can be expected to result in a more finely tuned performance.

That was the plan of the students and instructors at the recent Chautauqua Weekend for the Youth Symphony of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

Their acclaimed conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode lead rehearsals for the Youth Symphony’s performance at their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Every spring the Youth Symphony, the premier orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), spends an overnight at Chautauqua. There these highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians have full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with coaches, and a wrap-up demonstration. They also enjoy a pizza party and relaxation as part of their stay at Bellinger Hall.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson. “We look forward to presenting a concert on May 4 that all the community will enjoy!”

Significant funding for the Chautauqua Weekend was provided by a grant from the Blossom Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The Blossom Fund also made a grant in support of Maestro Eckenrode’s honorarium.

At the Spring Gala, Eckenrode will also conduct CRYS’s Prelude Strings of beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate string and wind players.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

For ticket information about the May 4 concert, call (716) 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Blossom Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The grants will support their Chautauqua Weekend and honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. CRYS’s Spring Gala Concert will be on Sunday, May 4, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown. The Youth Symphony is pictured here at an earlier Chautauqua Weekend.

Youth Symphony Receives Two Community Foundation Grants

March 15, 2014

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled with this support and so grateful to the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, in acknowledging the awards.

Both grants are funded through the Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and the other funds CRYS’s Chautauqua Weekend.

Widely acclaimed for both his performance and his conducting, Eckenrode took the helm of CRYS in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Under Eckenrode’s leadership, two more orchestras were formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for the Youth Symphony. Scheduled for the end of March, the Weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons, and extensive rehearsing.

“The entire experience is a preparation for our Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts,” Anderson noted. The May concert features performances by all three CRYS orchestras.

In April, CRYS students will take a trip to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. There they will have a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before their performance of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony,” a concert of all cartoon music.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: All three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras begin rehearsals in January for their Spring Gala Concert in May. In March the young musicians will travel to Pittsburgh to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform Saint-Saens’s The Carnival of the Animals in magnificent Heinz Hall. Here Conductor Bryan Eckenrode rehearses the strings players of the Youth Symphony on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Youth Symphony Orchestras Rehearsals Begin in January

December 14, 2013

Jamestown, NY – If you know a young musician who shows special talent or interest in performing, now is the time to encourage his or her teacher to contact the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony for a unique opportunity.

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has begun its 27th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

January 10, 2014, will be the first rehearsal of the season for CRYS’s beginning string musicians. Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons in the chapel on the Lutheran Campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown.

CRYS’s other two orchestras begin their Saturday rehearsals on January 18, 2014, on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players. The Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group, is composed of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

In March CRYS students will travel to Pittsburgh for a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Then they will enjoy a matinee performance of Saint-Saens’s The Carnival of the Animals in magnificent Heinz Hall. Cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum will illustrate the animals as the orchestra performs.

On the last weekend in March, Youth Symphony musicians will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.

These rehearsals are all in preparation for the three orchestras’ Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation.

To learn how your child or student can participate in one of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will present their Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. The program will feature music from Mozart and Vivaldi to Leroy Anderson’s “Plink, Plank, Plunk” and traditional Christmas selections.

Youth Symphony Chamber Concert Sunday, November 24

November 10, 2013

Jamestown, NY – An evening of lovely and lively music will reward the audience at the November 24 Chamber Orchestra Concert.

The advanced string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) will perform that Sunday at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

CRYS music director and conductor Maestro Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the performance.

The first part of the program will feature compositions by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Tartini, and Grieg. More contemporary fare will follow after intermission, including Leroy Anderson’s “Plink, Plank, Plunk” and traditional Christmas selections.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.

On the faculties of Canisius College and Niagara University, Eckenrode is also the director of the string department at Villa Maria College in Buffalo and conductor of the Warren Symphony. Currently principal cellist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony, he has performed and recorded with many orchestras. He made his Lincoln Center debut in 2003, returning in 2006.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

Chosen by teacher recommendation, CRYS students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

Plans are being made for an enrichment experience similar to last season when CRYS students met some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra before hearing them accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s magnificent Heinz Hall.

Next March the Youth Symphony will have a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive work with coaches at Chautauqua Institution in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians or to schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will perform at the Chautauqua Mall on Friday evening, November 15, at 7 p.m. At 10:30 on Saturday morning, November 16, they will perform in the chapel on the Lutheran campus. Some of the performers in last year’s Chamber Concert are seen here.

Youth Symphony Performing at Mall, Lutheran

November 4, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 27th season with chamber performances by the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony.

On Friday evening, November 15, at 7 p.m. these musicians will perform at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. The next morning, Saturday, November 16, at 10:30 a.m. they will be in the chapel on the Lutheran campus, 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown.

CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct both performances, which are free and open to the public.

These performances will lead up to the full Chamber Concert on Sunday evening, November 24, at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown. This is also a free concert.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

Chosen by teacher recommendation, CRYS students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

Last March CRYS students met some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra before hearing them accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s magnificent Heinz Hall. Plans are being made for a similar enrichment experience this season.

In the spring the Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive work with coaches at Chautauqua Institution in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians or to schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: At their most recent meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses, inviting them to support the Youth Symphony’s 2013-2014 season. Among those working on the mailing were (from left) Kathy Geary, Michelle Carlson, Katie Derrenbacher, and Michelle Battaglia.

Youth Symphony Announces Season, Launches Annual Fund Drive

October 16, 2013

Jamestown, NY – Board President Tanya Anderson announced the launching of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s annual fund drive.

“It is rare that a community our size can offer an opportunity of this caliber,” said Anderson. “And we know that whether music becomes their profession or their pastime, our students’ participation in a demanding performance group will have a long-term impact on their lives.”

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

At their recent meeting, board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses, requesting support for the Youth Symphony’s 2013-2014 season.

This 27th season will open with the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony performing their Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown.

Under the professional leadership of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS music director and conductor since 2003, students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

The Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive coaching and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in early spring, with a closing performance in the Elizabeth Lenna Hall.

Last March CRYS students met some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra before hearing them accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s magnificent Heinz Hall. Plans are being made for a similar enrichment experience this season.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

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 businesses is critical to CRYS’s survival.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors is by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board welcomed Michelle Battaglia as a new member at their September meeting. Battaglia is the Middle School Band Director for Falconer Central Schools. The Youth Symphony’s advanced string players have begun rehearsals for their Chamber Concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, at SS. Peter & Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Welcomes New Board Member

September 18, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed Michelle Battaglia as a new member at their September meeting.

“As we begin our 27th season, we are delighted to welcome Michelle Battaglia to work with us,” said President Tanya Anderson. “With planning our concerts, the Chautauqua Weekend, and an enrichment opportunity to hear a professional orchestra, we have a full agenda!”

The advanced string players of the Youth Symphony have begun rehearsals for their Chamber Concert on Sunday evening, November 24, in SS. Peter & Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. These highly talented and motivated musicians include Jamestown Community College students who earn credit for their participation.

CRYS’s two other performing groups are the Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate instrumental students, and Prelude Strings, the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation. These and the full Youth Symphony orchestra begin rehearsals after the holidays.

Battaglia brings a broad musical background to her new responsibilities. Currently the Middle School Band Director at Falconer Central School, she also teaches General Music and Music Appreciation. Her primary instrument is the trumpet.

Prior to her career as a music educator, Battaglia served in the Navy as a member of the Atlantic Fleet Band and Navy Band New Orleans for ten years and six years with the Army National Guard as a member of the 199th Army Band, aka The Governor’s Band, of New York. Following her retirement from the Armed Services, she received both her Bachelors of Music Education and Master’s in Music Performance from SUNY Fredonia. Current CRYS board member Peter Lindblom was her professor of trumpet.

Battaglia performs with local groups and ensembles including the Jamestown Area Community Orchestra, the Living Christmas Tree, the Jamestown Municipal Band, the Jamestown Community College Band and Musicals, and the Jubilee Brass Quintet. A performer and conductor of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, she also holds a private lesson studio in her home in Jamestown.

As a new board member of CRYS, Battaglia said she looks forward to working with exceptional students who have the ability to change the direction of music in our schools and our county.

In addition to President Anderson, returning CRYS board members are Michelle Carlson, Anne Dolce, Katie Derrenbacher, Kathy Geary, Lana Huston, Peter Lindblom, and Laurie Volpe.

The 7 p.m. November 24 Chamber Concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.

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

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Photo caption: The first rehearsal for the string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) will be on Saturday, September 14, in preparation for their November Chamber Concert. Last spring all three CRYS orchestras traveled to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall, where this photograph was taken. A similar enrichment experience is being planned for the 2013-2014 season.

Youth Symphony Begins Rehearsals

September 3, 2013

Jamestown, NY – Young musicians in the southwestern New York/northwestern Pennsylvania region have a rare opportunity: to perform classical music in an orchestra with a renowned professional conductor.

Rehearsals for the Chamber Orchestra, the string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), begin on Saturday, September 14.

Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, the Youth Symphony is composed of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. The string players will perform a Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m. in Jamestown’s SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Rehearsals for the full Youth Symphony, including wind, brass and percussion players, and the Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate level musicians will begin Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Civic Center. Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, start rehearsals on Friday, January 10, 2014, on the Lutheran campus.

Last March the three orchestras traveled to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz. A similar enrichment experience is being planned for the 2013-2014 season, possibly to hear the Rochester Philharmonic or the Cleveland Orchestra.

In the spring, the Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend. The students stay overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, where they have intense rehearsals, coaching, and a good time socializing.

CRYS Music Director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct all three orchestras in their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Eckenrode made his Lincoln Center debut in 2003, returning in 2006. On the faculties of Canisius College, Niagara University and Jamestown Community College, he is also the director of the string department at Villa Maria College, Buffalo, and principal cellist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony. He performs with several other orchestras and conducts the Warren (PA) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo City Strings, and the Vivace String Camp Orchestra at Houghton College.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Ensembles from the Youth Symphony can be available to perform for local groups.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) received an award from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program to support the guest artists at their recent Spring Gala Concert at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Bassist Sidney King is shown here performing with the Youth Symphony and CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.

Youth Symphony Awarded United Arts Appeal Grant

May 16, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) received an award from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program to support the guest artists at their recent Spring Gala Concert.

The concert was held in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown with performances by all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate students; and the Youth Symphony of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

The United Arts Appeal grant supported the appearances of guest artists Evelyn Loehrlein, principal flutist with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra (HSO), and Sidney King, instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music.

Ms. Loehrlein played the solo in the Youth Symphony’s performance of Charles T. Griffes’s “Poem for Flute and Orchestra.” The Youth Symphony closed the program with Mr. King’s composition “Duende al Rogo! (Buleria)” in which he was the soloist.

A reception was held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the concert.

Under Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. Students are accepted into CRYS orchestras on the basis of teacher recommendations.

The concert was also funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is shown here in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall. This performance marked the close of their recent Chautauqua Weekend in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. The concert will feature performances by guest artists and will be followed by a reception.

Chautauqua Weekend Prepares Youth Symphony for Concert

April 22, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The senior performing orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently had an intense Chautauqua Weekend in preparation for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 5.

The highly talented and motivated musicians, ages 13 through college, that make up the Youth Symphony enjoyed sectional rehearsals with coaches, full rehearsals under the direction of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode, and some social time.

Their 4 p.m. concert in downtown Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Civic Center will also include performances by Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians, and the Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate instrumental students.

Guest artists Evelyn Loehrlein, principal flutist with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra (HSO), and Sidney King, instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music, will be featured.

Included on the program will be “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” by Charles T. Griffes, “Marche Militaire Francaise” from the “Algerian Suite” by Camille Saint-Saens, Tchaikowsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Waltz,” “Adagio” from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and “Duende al Rojo! (Buleria”) by guest artist Sidney King.

A reception will be held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the performance.

The Chautauqua Weekend was made possible in part by a grant from the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation.

The concert is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Tickets are available at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070, or can be ordered on-line at www.reglenna.com.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and pictures from the Chautauqua Weekend, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photos caption: Sidney King, double bass, and Evelyn Loehrlein, flute, will be guest artists at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Their appearance will be funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program.

Youth Symphony Receiving NYSCA Grant for Guest Artists

April 13, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has learned that they will be receiving a major grant to support their Spring Gala Concert.

The Sunday, May 5, performance in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown will be funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

The $2000 grant supports the appearances of guest artists Evelyn Loehrlein, principal flutist with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra (HSO), and Sidney King, instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music.

“This is wonderful news,” said CRYS Board President Tanya Anderson. “We are grateful for this award, as it will be a great help to us in bringing these talented professionals to our community!”

Under the direction of Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities through its three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string students; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala that will be followed by a reception.

Loehrlein and King are looking forward to rehearsing and performing with the Youth Symphony. A passionate advocate of music education, Ms. Loehrlein was the founding director of the Symphony School of the HSO. She initiated partnerships with community organizations and five public school systems to provide innovative music education programs in the elementary schools. Mr. King has long been involved in music education, teaching and coaching many youth ensembles as well as giving numerous solo performances in public and private schools.

Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are available at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070, or can be ordered on-line at http://reglenna.com/.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Members of the Youth Symphony, Young Artists Orchestra, and Prelude Strings orchestras are holding a “fun”draiser at the Fairmount Avenue Pizza Hut in Jamestown on Monday, April 15. The Youth Symphony is shown here in rehearsal at the Reg Lenna Civic Center under the direction of their conductor, Bryan Eckenrode. All three orchestras will perform at their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Having Pizza Hut and Tag Days Fund Raisers

April 1, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) invites the community to participate in upcoming fund raisers they have planned.

On Monday, April 15, diners from 4-8 p.m. at the Pizza Hut at 995 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown can have 20% of their meal or take-out donated to CRYS. All participants have to do is present a flyer that can be obtained from any orchestra member or printed out from CRYS’s website, www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

On Saturday, April 13, young musicians will greet customers and give them the opportunity to support CRYS at Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center, 414 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown. They will also have Tag Days on Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at WalMart, 350 E. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood.

“With the constant challenge of raising funds, we are truly grateful to these community-minded businesses in our area for giving us these opportunities to make it so easy for folks to support us,” said President Tanya Anderson.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string students; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

All three orchestras have been rehearsing for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 4 pm in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Tickets for the concert are available at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation toward the honorarium for their Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. On Sunday, May 5, Maestro Eckenrode, pictured here, will conduct the three youth orchestras in a concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Community Foundation Awards Grant to Youth Symphony

March 21, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently recognized the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) with a Community Service Grant to support the honorarium for its conductor and music director, Bryan Eckenrode.

Eckenrode has been the driving force of CRYS since he took its musical reins in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

Under Eckenrode’s leadership, two more orchestras were formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players.

In announcing the grant award, CRYS board president Tanya Anderson noted that, “The board, parents and students of all three of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras are so grateful to the Community Foundation for this tremendous support. It is wonderful to have our work affirmed in such a significant way!”

All three orchestras are rehearsing now for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Thanks to Eckenrode’s professional connections with them, Sidney King, double bass, and Evelyn Loehrlein, flute, will be guest artists at the performance.

Tickets for the concert are on sale at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: On Saturday, March 16, students of the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras had the rare experience of a pre-concert visit with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The young musicians are pictured here before hearing the orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall. CRYS will be closing its annual fund drive before its Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Youth Symphony to Pittsburgh, Closing Fund Drive

March 18, 2013

Jamestown, NY – What could be more exciting for a young musician than the opportunity to meet professional musicians and then hear them perform!

On Saturday, March 16, students of the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras had the rare experience of a pre-concert visit with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Then the young people and their chaperones took their seats in the beautiful 2,676-seat Heinz Hall and heard the Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz.

Following the concert, everyone enjoyed dinner at Bucca di Beppo in Pittsburgh’s Station Square. On their trip back to Jamestown the students talked of the memories they made that will last a lifetime.

“It was a truly amazing day,” noted CRYS board member and trip organizer Anne Dolce. “This is the first CRYS has arranged an outing like this, but it was such a good experience that I know we will want to plan similar trips in the future!”

CRYS has three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. Under the leadership of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode, they have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area, including an intense weekend workshop at Chautauqua Institution.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is in the final stages of its Annual Fund Drive. Included in the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concerts on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

CRYS receives critical support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students participate in fund raising events, donations from individuals and local businesses are essential to CRYS’s survival. Board members were especially appreciative of a significant individual contribution this season from Jon and Aubin Gren.

Tax-deductible donations to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support their Chautauqua Weekend in April. Youth Symphony violinists are shown here during their recent holiday Chamber Concert at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. (Photo by Judith Stevens)

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

January 2, 2013

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support their Chautauqua Weekend in the spring.

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has begun its 26th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians, Scheduled for April 19-20, the Weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons, presentations from professional musicians, and a public performance at Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

The event prepares the musicians for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, which includes performances by all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players, and the Youth Symphony.

In March, CRYS students will take a trip to Pittsburgh where they will have a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Rehearsals are supervised by CRYS manager Julia Herman, who also assists Maestro Eckenrode with recruiting and scheduling ensemble performances at community events.

Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons on the Lutheran campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony rehearse on Saturday mornings in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Rehearsals begin soon for all three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras. In March, the young musicians will take a trip to Pittsburgh for a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall. Conductor Bryan Eckenrode (seated) is shown here performing a cello solo during the Youth Symphony string players’ recent Chamber Concert at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. (Photo by Judith Stevens)

Rehearsals Beginning for All Three Youth Symphony Orchestras

December 21, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has begun its 26th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

Rehearsals start the first week in January for all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players, and the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Beginning January 4, Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons on the Lutheran campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony rehearse on Saturday mornings in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown, beginning January 5.

Next March, CRYS students will take a trip to Pittsburgh where they will have a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall.

In April, Youth Symphony musicians will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.

All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Rehearsals are supervised by CRYS manager Julia Herman, who also assists Maestro Eckenrode with recruiting and scheduling ensemble performances at community events.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Rehearsals begin soon for all three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras. In March, the young musicians will take a trip to Pittsburgh for a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall. Conductor Bryan Eckenrode (seated) is shown here performing a cello solo during the Youth Symphony string players’ recent Chamber Concert at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. (Photo by Judith Stevens)

Rehearsals Beginning for All Three Youth Symphony Orchestras

December 21, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has begun its 26th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

Rehearsals start the first week in January for all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players, and the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Beginning January 4, Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons on the Lutheran campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony rehearse on Saturday mornings in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown, beginning January 5.

Next March, CRYS students will take a trip to Pittsburgh where they will have a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall.

In April, Youth Symphony musicians will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.

All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Rehearsals are supervised by CRYS manager Julia Herman, who also assists Maestro Eckenrode with recruiting and scheduling ensemble performances at community events.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will perform at the Chautauqua Mall on Friday evening, December 7, at 7 p.m. On Saturday evening, December 8, they will present their full concert at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown, also at 7 p.m. Some of the musicians are seen here in rehearsal with their conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode (far right).

Chamber Performances Open Youth Symphony Season

November 28, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 26th season with two chamber performances by the string players of the Youth Symphony.

On Friday evening, December 7, at 7 p.m. these musicians will perform at the Chautauqua Mall. The next evening, Saturday, December 8, also at 7 p.m. they will offer a full concert, complete with seasonal fare, at SS Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown.

CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct both performances, which are free and open to the public.

Rehearsals for all three CRYS orchestras begin right after the holidays. Prelude Strings, for beginning string musicians, rehearses at Lutheran on Friday afternoons. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college, rehearse on Saturday mornings at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

In March, CRYS students will travel to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a presentation of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. There will be a meet-and-greet with orchestra members before the concert and a pizza party afterward at Buca di Beppo.

Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians or to schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant from Pizza Hut’s Raising Dough for Kids Foundation toward its trip next spring to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. CRYS students will have a meet-and-greet with members of the orchestra before their concert in Pittsburgh’s stunning Heinz Hall, where they are shown here.

Pizza Hut Supports Youth Symphony Trip

November 15, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant from Pizza Hut’s Raising Dough for Kids Foundation toward its trip next spring to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony.

“We are planning a wonderful experience for our young musicians,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, “and we are so grateful to Pizza Hut for this help in covering our costs.”

After the holidays, rehearsals will begin for all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

Next March, CRYS students will travel to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s stunning Heinz Hall. Prior to the performance, the students will have a meet-and-greet with the musicians. Plans are for a pizza party after the concert at the popular Buca di Beppo restaurant.

The string players of the Youth Symphony will be at the Chautauqua Mall on Saturday evening, December 7, at 7 p.m. The next evening they will present their full concert, including some holiday favorites, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown, also at 7 p.m. There is no charge for either of these performances.

CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: At their recent meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses requesting their support for the Youth Symphony’s 2012-2013 season. Working on the mailing were (seated) Lana Huston, Anne Dolce, Kathy Geary, Michelle Carlson, (standing) Katie Derrenbacher, Megan Volpe, and CRYS manager Julia Herman.

Youth Symphony Makes Changes, Launches Annual Fund Drive

November 10, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board has made some changes this year to offer an even more enriching experience for their students.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode has been CRYS music director and conductor since 2003. Under his professional leadership, students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.

During this 26th season, students in CRYS’s three orchestras -- Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college – will be doing more performances as ensembles in the community. The first of these, featuring the Youth Symphony string players, will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 7, at the Chautauqua Mall.

A holiday flavor will highlight the Chamber Concert by the Youth Symphony string players on Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin right after the holidays, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.

In March, CRYS students will travel to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a presentation of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall and to meet some of the musicians. In mid-April, the Youth Symphony will have a weekend of intensive coaching and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution. The annual Spring Gala in May will feature two professional musician/educators who will rehearse and perform with the orchestras.

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 businesses is critical to CRYS’s survival.

At their recent meeting, board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses requesting their support for the Youth Symphony’s 2012-2013 season.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors is by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.

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Photo caption: The string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will hold their first rehearsal on Saturday, September 22, in preparation for the Chamber Concert on Sunday, December 2, in Jamestown’s SS. Peter and Paul Church. Julia Herman recently joined the organization as manager of all three youth orchestras, with responsibility for helping to organize the Chautauqua Weekend in February and the Pittsburgh Symphony field trip in March.

Youth Symphony Announces Manager, Chamber Orchestra Rehearsals

September 10, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has hired a manager to support the new opportunities planned for their students.

“We are looking forward to an exceptional season for 2012-2013,” said President Tanya Anderson.

She noted that rehearsals for the Chamber Orchestra, the string players of the Youth Symphony, begin on Saturday, September 22, in preparation for their Chamber Concert on Sunday, December 9, at 7 p.m. in Jamestown’s SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Newly-hired manager Julia Herman will supervise rehearsals.

A graduate of the University of Buffalo with a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University, Ms. Herman will also arrange concert details, help organize the Youth Symphony’s weekend retreat at Chautauqua Institution in February, and help plan the field trip for all the orchestras to meet the musicians and hear the Pittsburgh Symphony accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Heinz Hall in March.

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

Ms. Herman will also assist Maestro Eckenrode with recruiting students and scheduling ensemble performances at community events.

Rehearsals for the wind, brass and percussion players of the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21, will begin in early January. The Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate level musicians, and Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, will also begin rehearsals after the holidays.

The Youth Symphony and Young Artists Orchestra rehearse on Saturday mornings and Prelude Strings on Friday afternoons. Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation.

All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala Concert, scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

For information about how your child or student can participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is making some exciting changes for the 2012-2013 and is recruiting for its new manager’s position. One of the opportunities for members of the Youth Symphony is rehearsing and performing in the Elizabeth Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution during their annual Chautauqua Weekend, as shown here.

Youth Symphony Making Changes, Recruiting Manager

July 11, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is enthusiastic about changes they are making for their 2012-2013 season.

“We took a good look at what is best for our students,” observed board president Tanya Anderson, “and decided that with some schedule adjustments, we could provide them an enhanced experience.”

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. CRYS students are enrolled in three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate students, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21.

Youth Symphony string players will rehearse on Saturday mornings from mid-September until their Chamber Concert, tentatively set for Sunday, November 18, 2012. In January they will be joined by wind, brass and percussion instrument students. The Youth Symphony and the Young Artists Orchestra will rehearse for the Spring Gala Concert, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Prelude Strings rehearse on Friday afternoons at Lutheran Social Services.

To increase performance opportunities, more ensemble appearances will be scheduled at community events.

Plans are underway for a field trip in March to a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall. In addition to hearing the PSO accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz, students will meet with some of the orchestra members.

The CRYS board also reorganized the manager’s position and is accepting applications through July 31. A full job description and application form are on-line at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Celebrating the completion of its 25th season, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Spring Gala Concert will feature several special guests. CRYS alumnus Alyssa Schwartz will perform a flute solo in the concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 in downtown Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Youth Symphony Anniversary Concert Features Special Guests

April 25, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Special features will abound during the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Spring Gala Concert celebrating the completion of its 25th season.

Under the direction of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode, the 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 6 will include performances by Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

Youth Symphony alumnus Alyssa Schwartz is returning to perform a flute solo with the orchestra. A graduate of Falconer High School and Michigan State University, Ms. Schwartz was principal flute with the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Band. She has won numerous scholarships and competitions, including MSU’s National Honors College Scholarship. She will be attending West Virginia University in the fall to achieve her Master’s Degree in Music Performance.

The concert will mark the premiere of Kenny Hultin’s orchestral arrangement of the classic rock band OneRepublic’s “Secrets.” A Jamestown High School graduate and Youth Symphony alumnus, Hultin will play string bass with the Youth Symphony for the performance. The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County recently awarded CRYS a grant for his work.

Augmenting the Youth Symphony’s bassoon section will be Julie Muckinhaupt Paterniti and Elizabeth Rusch Fetters.

Also a CRYS alumnus, Ms. Paterniti is a graduate of Jamestown High School and SUNY Fredonia. She has performed with the Fredonia Woodwind Quintet Camp, Alfred University Symphony Orchestra, and is currently with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Fetters is joining CRYS for her violinist sister Mary Worley’s final concert. A graduate of Warren Area High School with music degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Kent State University, Ms. Fetters teaches middle school music for Harford County (Maryland) Public Schools. Among her musical accomplishments are being a founding member of the Upper Chesapeake Wind Ensemble and having numerous articles published on bassoon pedagogy.

Local media personality Dennis Webster will serve as emcee for this special event.

Following the performance, a gala reception will be held on the mezzanine of the theatre.

Tickets for the May 6 concert are $10 presale or $12 at the door for adults; ages 12 and under are $8 presale or $10 at the door, and there is no charge for those five and under. Presale tickets are available from members of the orchestras and the Reg Lenna Civic Center box office, (716) 484-7070.

This concert is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Members of the Youth Symphony, Young Artists Orchestra, and Prelude Strings orchestras are holding a “Dine to Make a Difference” event at Bob Evans on Saturday, April 28. The Youth Symphony is shown here in rehearsal under the direction of their conductor, Bryan Eckenrode. All three orchestras will perform at their Spring Gala Concert completing their 25th season on Sunday, May 6 at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Having “Dine to Make a Difference”

April 17, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is holding “Dine to Make a Difference” on Saturday, April 28.

“Raising funds is a constant challenge, so we’re especially grateful to Bob Evans for giving us this opportunity to make it so easy for folks to support us,” said President Tanya Anderson.

On Saturday, April 28, for anyone who presents a special flyer when they dine, Bob Evans restaurant will donate 15% of their purchases to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony. The restaurant, at 2798 North Main Street by the I-86 Exit 12 in Jamestown, is open 6 am to 10 pm.

Flyers are available from any orchestra member or by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202. They can also be printed out from the CRYS website, www.cryouthsymphony.com/.

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string students; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

All three orchestras have been rehearsing for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. This performance will complete the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s 25th season.

Tickets for the concert are available from orchestra members and at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is receiving an award from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program for an honorarium for alumni Kenneth Hultin. Hultin has arranged a composition that will be performed by the Youth Symphony at their Sunday, May 6 Spring Gala Concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Hultin is shown here performing with the orchestra.

Youth Symphony Receives United Arts Appeal Award

April 16, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Board members of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) are thrilled that one of their musicians has been recognized by the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA).

CRYS is receiving an award from the UAA’s Projects Pool Grant Program for an honorarium for Kenneth Hultin. Hultin has made an orchestral arrangement of the classic rock band OneRepublic’s “Secrets” for performance by the Youth Symphony at their Spring Gala Concert. A celebration of the completion of CRYS’s 25th season, the concert will be on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Descriptions of Hultin by CRYS Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode as “exceptionally talented” and Jamestown High School Orchestra Director and CRYS vice president Katie Derrenbacher as having “a natural understanding of music” contributed to winning the award.

A 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School, Kenny taught himself to play string bass during the summer before his junior year and was principal chair bass player his remaining two years in high school.

For the JHS Orchestra’s Awards Concert his senior year, Kenny organized and rehearsed a string ensemble with a drum set that played his arrangement of a collection of Lady Gaga songs. The video on YouTube (“JHS orchestra performs Lady Gaga Medley”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_A6oMoka0g) “went viral” with more than 19,000 hits. At the awards event he received the College of Outstanding Musicians Award and the National School Orchestra Award, “the highest honor you can bestow upon a member of the high school orchestra to recognize excellence in playing and contributions to the ensemble.

Primarily self-taught, Kenny plays guitar, keyboard, upright bass, electric bass, cello, and “dabbles in” other instruments. While at Jamestown Community College during the last academic year, he played in the symphonic band, jazz band and rock ensemble. He has played with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony since his senior year in high school and is now a member of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a fan of video games, he has made orchestral arrangements of video game music. His works have been performed by the Vivace String Camp at Houghton College, Hamburg Central Schools, and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, where he premiered several works. He is working on a commission for the Nichols School in Buffalo.

Unique in our area, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate students, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

All three orchestras will be performing at the May 6 concert.

Tickets for the concert are $10 presale or $12 at the door for adults; 12 and under are $8 presale or $10 at the door, and there is no charge for ages five and under. Presale tickets are available from members of the orchestras and the Reg Lenna Civic Center box office, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: Members of the Youth Symphony work hard at rehearsals, as they’re shown here under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. All three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras will be working on Saturday, April 21, for Tag Days, to raise funds to support their performances.

Youth Symphony Orchestras Planning Tag Days Fundraiser

April 10, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to the cooperation of several local businesses, members of the three orchestras that are part of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) will be doing some special fund raising.

On Saturday, April 21, young musicians will greet customers and give them the opportunity to support CRYS at Anderson Cleaners on Hunt Road, Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Kmart on Fairmount Avenue, and Little Caesar’s Pizza in the Southside Plaza on Foote Avenue.

They will be at Brigiotta’s again on Sunday, April 22.

Participants will come from all three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

These students have all been rehearsing for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. This performance will close the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s 25th season.

Tickets for the concert are available from all orchestra members and at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation toward the honorarium for their Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode. On Sunday, May 6, Maestro Eckenrode, pictured here, will conduct the three youth orchestras in a concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

April 3, 2012

Jamestown, NY – “I don’t know what we’d do without the wonderful support of the Community Foundation!”

That was Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board president Tanya Anderson’s reaction to the recent grant CRYS received from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The Community Service Grant was in support of the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.

Anderson noted that Eckenrode has been the driving force of CRYS since 2003, when there was a single orchestra. Under his leadership, two more orchestras have been formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players. The Youth Symphony remains the premier performance group of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

All three orchestras are rehearsing now for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

“This is a very special event for us,” Anderson said, “as it celebrates the completion of our 25th season. We invite all the community to join us for wonderful music and a beautiful reception afterward.”

Tickets for the concert are available from all orchestra members and at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 East Third Street, (716) 484-7070.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant to support its Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6 at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. The $1500 Community Arts Grant, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, was presented to Youth Symphony Manager Melissa Harrison (left) by Courtney Blackmon, Programs and Grants Manager for the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, administrator of the grants program.

Youth Symphony Receives Grant for Spring Concert

March 26, 2012

Jamestown, NY – The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program is helping the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) celebrate the completion of its 25th Season by awarding a grant for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6.

“We are so pleased and grateful,” said CRYS Board President Tanya Anderson. “This award will help us make our concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center a real celebration!”

The grant program is administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Youth Symphony Manager Melissa Harrison accepted the $1500 check and Certificate of Appreciation at the recent Award Reception at the Seneca Allegany Administration Building in Salamanca.

Under the direction Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. CRYS students are enrolled in three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20. CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation.

Among the special features of the 4 pm 25th anniversary concert on May 6 will be the inclusion of invited CRYS alumni who are now professional musicians as well as a gala reception following the performance.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently had a weekend of intensive study and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution, made possible largely by an H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts Award presented by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The experience was in preparation for their Spring Gala Concert on May 6 in the Reg Lenna Civic Center. The musicians are pictured here in their closing performance in Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall under the direction of conductor Bryan Eckenrode. The Community Foundation also made a grant to CRYS for Maestro Eckenrode’s honorarium. (Photograph by Judith Stevens)

Youth Symphony Has Successful Chautauqua Weekend

March 1, 2012

Jamestown, NY – With funding provided by the first H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts Award presented by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) had a weekend of concentrated study and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution.

On February 24-25 CRYS conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode led the Youth Symphony, the organization’s senior orchestra, in an intensive workshop at Chautauqua Institution, preparing for the Spring Gala Concert on May 6.

Activities for the weekend included full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with coaches, a pizza party and relaxation, and a performance for parents at the conclusion. The students enjoyed the food and overnight at Chautauqua’s Bellinger Hall.

Under Eckenrode’s direction, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. CRYS students are enrolled in three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

The Community Foundation also made a recent grant to support Maestro Eckenrode’s annual honorarium.

Rehearsals have begun for all orchestras for the Sunday, May 6 concert in Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Civic Center. CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received the first H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts Award, presented by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Members of the Youth Symphony are pictured at a recent rehearsal with Susan Abdella (center) and, to her left, their conductor and music director, Bryan Eckenrode. (Photo by Lisa Lynde)

Youth Symphony Receives First H. James Abdella Grant

February 16, 2012

Jamestown, NY – It was Jim Abdella’s love for and support of the arts that inspired his family to establish the H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts at the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation.

The musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) are honored to be the recipients of the first grant from this fund.

“Jim Abdella was such a well-liked and respected member of the Jamestown community,” noted CRYS board president Tanya Anderson. “We hope he would be pleased that his legacy is enabling our most accomplished musicians to hone their skills even further.”

Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. CRYS students are enrolled in three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

One aspect of the training for the Youth Symphony is an intense weekend at Chautauqua Institution, filled with full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with coaches, and a concluding performance for parents. While the students pay tuition to be part of the orchestra, there is no additional fee for this exceptional experience.

The grant from the H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts will cover a major portion of the costs for the Chautauqua Weekend, to be held February 24-25.

Rehearsals are now beginning for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 6 at the beautiful Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Some scholarship money from a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant is still available for students who would like to join Prelude Strings, the Young Artists Orchestra, or the Youth Symphony at this time.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony are in rehearsals for their Winter Concert on Sunday, February 12, at 4 pm in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre. Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, they will perform a varied selection of music – presenting a delightful way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon!

Youth Symphony Presenting Winter Concert

January 31, 2012

Jamestown, NY – If you’re looking for a way to brighten up a winter Sunday afternoon, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has just what you need.

At 4 pm on Sunday, February 12, Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre will swell with beautiful music from some of the area’s most talented young musicians.

Performing will be the Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 14 through 21.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS music director and conductor, has been rehearsing the groups on music by Schubert, Beethoven, Hasse and more. The two orchestras will combine to play the theme from Star Wars by John Williams and the finale from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Concert tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Pre-sale tickets for $5 and $3 can be purchased from orchestra members or by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, and leaving a message.

After this performance, Prelude Strings, the CRYS orchestra for beginning string musicians, will start rehearsals for their participation in the Spring Gala concert on May 6. Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, there is scholarship money available for students who would like to join Prelude Strings, the Young Artists Orchestra or the Youth Symphony.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: At their recent meeting, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) sent final solicitation letters for their 2011-2012 annual fund drive. Working on the mailing were (standing) Melissa Harrison, Youth Symphony and Prelude manager, and board members (seated from left) Katie Derrenbacher, Dee Dee Schuver, and Lana Huston. Openings remain for qualified students in CRYS’s three orchestras.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Closing; Orchestra Openings Remain

January 13, 2012

Jamestown, NY – Following a beautiful performance by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra before the holidays, board members recently completed the last step in their 2011-2012 annual fund drive.

“We’ve had a good response to our Annual Fund Drive for our 25th season,” observed Youth Symphony board president Tanya Anderson. “Our recent special mailing to our previous contributors is our final push.”

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21.

Under the direction of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode, students have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area, including an intense weekend workshop at Chautauqua Institution.

CRYS musicians are selected by teacher recommendation, and Ms. Anderson noted that there are still openings for qualified students. Teachers and students can get more information about CRYS and its scholarships by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visiting www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony receives critical support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students participate in fund raising events as well as selling tickets to concerts and program ads, individuals and local businesses are essential to CRYS’s survival. Board members were especially appreciative of a significant individual contribution this season from Jon and Aubin Gren.

Included in the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions and preferred seating at the Winter and Spring Concerts. The Winter Concert will be at 4 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre and the Spring Gala on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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Photo caption: Under the direction of conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the string musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony performed a beautiful concert recently in SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. Advanced wind and percussion players will join the Youth Symphony rehearsals beginning this Saturday, December 3. The Young Artists Orchestra, for intermediate players, also begins rehearsals Saturday on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Youth Orchestras Begin Rehearsals

November 28, 2011

Jamestown, NY – Rehearsals begin this Saturday for two of the orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

Following their recent chamber concert with selections ranging from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto to Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones, the string musicians of the Youth Symphony will be joined by advanced brass, wind and percussion players. Their first rehearsal will be December 3 on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Rehearsals also begin at the Reg on Saturday for the intermediate musicians of the Young Artists Orchestra.

Both groups are led by CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode. A celebrated performer and director, Eckenrode has been at the helm of CRYS since 2003, inspiring students with his energy, expertise, experience and enthusiasm.

In addition to perfecting their musical skills through rehearsals, workshops, and performances, CRYS students and their families receive free or reduced admission to concerts presented by the Jamestown Concert Association and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Tuition assistance is available thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Students for both these orchestras are selected by teacher recommendation.

Rehearsals begin for CRYS’s third orchestra, Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, on Friday, February 24 at Lutheran Social Services.

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

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Photo caption: This Sunday, November 20, the community is invited to a free concert performed by the string musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony. CRYS music director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the 7 pm performance in SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Presenting Varied Chamber Concert

November 16, 2011

Jamestown, NY – From Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto to Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones, this Sunday’s (November 20) Chamber Concert by the string musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) promises something for everyone -- and it’s free!

These highly talented and motivated 13 to 21 year olds, including music students from Jamestown Community College, will perform at 7 pm in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

“We’re grateful for the support we receive from the community,” noted CRYS president Tanya Anderson. “This is our opportunity to offer something in return!”

CRYS music director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the performance, for which a freewill offering will be taken.

Among the other works on the program will be Monn’s Cello Concerto, Strauss’s Pizzicato Polka, Norman Della Joio’s Choreography, and two arrangements by the group’s bass violinist Kenneth Hultin from the video game Silent Hill.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups: the Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate level musicians, and Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.

The full Youth Symphony and Young Artists Orchestra begin rehearsals on Saturday, December 3. Prelude rehearsals begin in February.

In addition to perfecting their musical skills through rehearsals, workshop, and performances, CRYS students and their families receive free or reduced admission to concerts presented by the Jamestown Concert Association and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Tuition assistance is available thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

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

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Photo caption: At their recent meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses requesting their support for the Youth Symphony’s 2011-2012 and inviting them to the free Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 20. Working on the mailing were (standing) Tanya Anderson, Pete Lindblom, (seated from left) Michelle Carlson, Laurie Volpe, Young Artists Orchestra member Kaylee Volpe, and Megan Volpe.

Annual Fund Drive Begins For Youth Symphony’s 25th Season

November 10, 2011

Jamestown, NY – “As we begin the Annual Fund Drive for our 25th season, we’re looking forward to giving back as well.”

That’s how board president Tanya Anderson described the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) fund raising mailing for 2011-2012 and plans for its free Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm.

“The Youth Symphony’s string students will open the season with a beautiful performance at SS. Peter and Paul Church. It is our gift to the community,” Anderson added.

This week board members mailed a letter to previous and potential supporters that included an invitation to the performance that is free and open to the public. SS. Peter and Paul Church is at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode has been CRYS music director and conductor since 2003. Under his professional leadership, students have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony receives significant support from foundations and other organizations in the community. And while parents, board members and students participate in several fund raising events in addition to selling tickets to concerts, individuals and local businesses are critical to CRYS’s survival.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors is by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions and preferred seating at the Winter and Spring Concerts. The Winter Concert will be on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre and the Spring Gala on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

For more information about CRYS and its opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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Photo caption: At their recent meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members sent letters to local individuals and businesses requesting their support for the Youth Symphony’s 2011-2012 and inviting them to the free Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 20. Working on the mailing were (standing) Tanya Anderson, Pete Lindblom, (seated from left) Michelle Carlson, Laurie Volpe, Young Artists Orchestra member Kaylee Volpe, and Megan Volpe.

Annual Fund Drive Begins For Youth Symphony’s 25th Season

November 10, 2011

Jamestown, NY – “As we begin the Annual Fund Drive for our 25th season, we’re looking forward to giving back as well.”

That’s how board president Tanya Anderson described the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) fund raising mailing for 2011-2012 and plans for its free Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm.

“The Youth Symphony’s string students will open the season with a beautiful performance at SS. Peter and Paul Church. It is our gift to the community,” Anderson added.

This week board members mailed a letter to previous and potential supporters that included an invitation to the performance that is free and open to the public. SS. Peter and Paul Church is at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode has been CRYS music director and conductor since 2003. Under his professional leadership, students have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony receives significant support from foundations and other organizations in the community. And while parents, board members and students participate in several fund raising events in addition to selling tickets to concerts, individuals and local businesses are critical to CRYS’s survival.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors is by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions and preferred seating at the Winter and Spring Concerts. The Winter Concert will be on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre and the Spring Gala on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

For more information about CRYS and its opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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Photo caption: These string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are in rehearsal for a free concert they are performing on Sunday, November 20. Conducted by Bryan Eckenrode, the Chamber Concert will be at 7 pm at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Rehearsing For Chamber Concert

November 3, 2011

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is kicking off its 2011-2012 season with a free concert on Sunday, November 20.

The string players of the Youth Symphony have been rehearsing since September for the Chamber Concert at 7 pm in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.

The Chamber Orchestra, composed of highly talented and motivated 13 to 21 year olds, includes students from throughout the area, including music students from Jamestown Community College.

Accomplished musician and CRYS music director Bryan Eckenrode is leading rehearsals and will conduct the performance.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups. The Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate level musicians, and the Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.

The full Youth Symphony and Young Artists Orchestra begin rehearsals on Saturday, December 3. Prelude rehearsals begin in February.

The public is invited to the November 20 Chamber Concert at no charge. A freewill offering will be taken.

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

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Photo caption: New members (left to right) Michelle Carlson, Megan Volpe and Anne Dolce participate in their first Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board meeting. Youth Symphony string players have begun rehearsals for their Chamber Concert at 7 pm on Sunday, November 20, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.

Youth Symphony Announces New Board Members

September 16, 2011

Jamestown, NY – Three new members recently participated in their first meeting of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board.

“As we begin our 25th season, we are delighted to have Michelle Carlson, Anne Dolce and Megan Volpe join us in making this our best year ever!” said President Tanya Anderson.

The string players of the Youth Symphony have begun rehearsals for the opening performance of the season. On Sunday evening, November 20 CRYS’s acclaimed musical director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the 7 pm Chamber Concert in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. These highly talented and motivated musicians, aged 13 through 20, include Jamestown Community College students who earn credit for their participation.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups: the Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate instrumental students, and the Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.

In addition to President Anderson, returning CRYS board members include Katie Derrenbacher, Kathy Geary, Lana Huston, Peter Lindblom, DeeDee Schuver, Judith Stevens, and Laurie Volpe.

The 7 pm November 20 Chamber Concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.

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

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Photo caption: The Chamber Orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will hold its first rehearsal on Saturday, September 17 on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Under the direction of acclaimed conductor Bryan Eckenrode, these outstanding young musicians will be preparing for their opening concert on Sunday, November 20, in Jamestown’s SS. Peter and Paul Church. The orchestra is shown here during a rehearsal last season.

Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra Rehearsals Begin

September 6, 2011

Jamestown, NY – “We’re really excited that rehearsals are beginning for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s 25th season!”

That’s how CRYS board president Tanya Anderson announced the first rehearsal for the Chamber Orchestra on Saturday morning, September 17 on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Anderson explained that the Chamber Orchestra is composed of the string players from the Youth Symphony, the most advanced of the three orchestras CRYS sponsors. These 12 to 21 year olds, selected by recommendation of their music teachers, will rehearse weekly until their concert on Sunday, November 20, in Jamestown’s SS. Peter and Paul Church. Among this season’s performers are four Jamestown Community College students who will receive ensemble credit for their participation.

“We are so pleased that Bryan Eckenrode is able to continue as the conductor for all our orchestras,” noted Ms. Anderson. “An acclaimed musician himself, Bryan makes learning their difficult music a fun experience for our students!”

Wind, brass and percussion instrument students will join the rehearsals after Thanksgiving in preparation for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Winter Concert on Sunday, February 12, 2012, in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre. The Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate level musicians, will also begin rehearsals then for the same performance.

Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, gets underway in February. Students in both the Young Artists Orchestra and Prelude Strings are also selected by teacher recommendation.

All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala on Sunday, May 6, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Tuition assistance for CRYS students is available through a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

For information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and this remarkable opportunity for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202 or visit CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony recently received a grant from the Rotary Club of Jamestown. The strings players of the Youth Symphony will begin rehearsals on September 17 for the opening concert of the season planned for Sunday evening, November 20 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. They are shown here at a previous concert under the direction of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Receives Rotary Grant

August 24, 2011

Jamestown, NY – “We’re just thrilled and very grateful for the support we received from Rotary!”

That’s how President Tanya Anderson expressed the reaction of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board to receiving a grant recently from the Rotary Club of Jamestown.

Anderson continued, “After a very positive 2010-2011 season, we’re adding some new board members this fall and planning to take on new challenges for next season. Rotary’s support gives a real boost to our efforts!”

Each year, up to 100 or more students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate instrumental students, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

All three orchestras are under the direction of accomplished musician and CRYS conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode. The strings players of the Youth Symphony will begin rehearsals on Saturday, September 17, with their Chamber Orchestra performance opening the new season planned for Sunday evening, November 20 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.

Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, scholarship money is available to help students who need tuition assistance.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.org.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is shown here in a recent rehearsal for their Mother’s Day concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center at 4 pm on May 8. Also performing will be Prelude Strings and the Young Artists Orchestra. The finale of the program will be their joint performance of Solstice, a piece written for them by prize-winning composer Carmen J. Aquila.

Youth Orchestras Offer Mother’s Day Concert

April 30, 2011

Jamestown, NY – Rehearsals are intensifying as the date approaches for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Mother’s Day concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

At 4 pm on Sunday, May 8 all three youth orchestras will offer separate performances then join forces to conclude the program with Solstice, a piece composed for the occasion by prize-winning composer Carmen J. Aquila.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, conductor and music director for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, will conduct all three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

After joining the young musicians during their rehearsals to explain the composing process, composer Aquila will be at the concert to address the audience and meet them at a reception in his honor afterward.

A Music Instructor and Program Coordinator of the Music Department at Villa Maria College of Buffalo, Aquila’s works and orchestrations have been performed in places as diverse as Toledo, Ohio and Beijing, China. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Bowling Green State University, he receives commissions regularly as a composer and orchestrator and also teaches piano and voice privately.

Tickets for the May 8 event are $10 presale or $12 at the door; ages 12 and under are $8 presale or $10 at the door. Children five and under are free. Presale tickets are available from members of the orchestras and the Reg Lenna Civic Center box office (716.484.7070).

This concert is made possible in part by support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program and the Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The highlight of the Mother’s Day concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center will the performance by all three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras of Solstice, a piece composed just for the occasion by prize-winning composer Carmen J. Aquila. The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County recently awarded a grant to CRYS to support this Meet the Composer project. Aquila is shown here in his home studio.

Youth Symphony Receives Second “Meet The Composer” Award

April 21, 2011

Jamestown, NY – The highlight of the Mother’s Day concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center will the performance by all three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) orchestras of Solstice, a piece composed just for the occasion by prize-winning composer Carmen J. Aquila.

“We are so honored that the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County has awarded a grant to support our Meet the Composer project,” said CRYS board President Tanya Anderson. “This is truly a wonderful opportunity for our young musicians!”

Ms. Anderson noted that an earlier grant was awarded by the Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation.

Under the direction of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode, the 4:00 pm concert on Sunday, May 8 will feature performances by Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.

In rehearsals preceding the concert, Mr. Aquila will meet with the orchestra members and discuss the composing process. He will address the audience before the performance of his composition at the concert, and it will be followed by a reception in his honor.

“I am very excited to be working with these fine young musicians under so gifted a conductor as Bryan Eckenrode,” Aquila observed. “It has been a rewarding challenge to compose Solstice for them, and I look forward to the rehearsals and performance.

A Music Instructor and Program Coordinator of the Music Department at Villa Maria College of Buffalo, Aquila’s works and orchestrations have been performed in places as diverse as Toledo, Ohio and Beijing, China. In addition to receiving commissions regularly as a composer and orchestrator, he also teaches piano and voice privately.

Aquila earned his Bachelor of Music in composition with honors from the State University of New York at Fredonia and his Masters in Music in composition was awarded with honors from Bowling Green State University. His compositions have received notable awards, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s “Music by Emerging Composers.”

Tickets for the May 8 event are $10 presale or $12 at the door for adults; 12 and under are $8 presale or $10 at the door, and there is no charge for ages five and under. Presale tickets are available from members of the orchestras and the box office of the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony recently had a weekend of intensive study and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution, made possible in part by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The experience was in preparation for their Spring Gala Concert on Mother’s Day, May 8, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center. The musicians are shown here in rehearsal at Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Youth Symphony Experiences Chautauqua Weekend

April 14, 2011

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s conductor and music director led an exciting weekend of music study recently with the organization’s senior orchestra.

Bryan Eckenrode directed the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20, in an intensive workshop at Chautauqua Institution, preparing for the Spring Gala Concert on Mother’s Day, May 8, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

The Chautauqua Weekend was made possible in part by funding from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. In addition, the Community Foundation also made a grant in support of Maestro Eckenrode’s honorarium.

"This was such an amazing opportunity for our students, and we're so grateful to the Community Foundation for helping make it possible," said Katherine Derrenbacher, vice president of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board and the organizer of the weekend. “Bryan is both an exceptional musician and a wonderful teacher -- you can almost see our students grow under his leadership!”

Activities for the weekend included full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with coaches, a pizza party and relaxation, and a demonstration for parents at the conclusion. The students enjoyed the food and overnight at Chautauqua’s Bellinger Hall.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony recently received grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation toward the honorarium for their Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and from the Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation in support of their Meet the Composer project. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, Maestro Eckenrode, pictured here, will conduct the three youth orchestras in a concert in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Receives Two Grants

March 16, 2011

Jamestown, NY – “It’s a wonderful day when there are two checks from local foundations in the Youth Symphony mailbox!

That’s how Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board president Tanya Anderson expressed her delight at receiving grants from both the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation.

The Community Service Grant from the Community Foundation will go toward the honorarium for CRYS’s Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.

“Bryan is an amazingly accomplished musician who is able to engage and inspire our young musicians,” Anderson noted. “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of his caliber working with our students.”

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

The grant from the Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation supports the Meet the Composer project that will be a special feature of CRYS’s Spring Gala Concert on Mother’s Day, May 8, at 4 pm in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. As the culmination of that event, prize-winning composer Carmen J. Aquila of Buffalo’s Villa Maria College will conduct all three orchestras in the joint performance of a special work he is composing for the occasion.

Because of an earlier grant from the Community Foundation, there is scholarship money available for prospective orchestra members. “It’s not too late,” Anderson observed. “Students who would like to participate in a CRYS orchestra, including those needing financial assistance, should contact us immediately.”

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is shown here rehearsing for their Winter Concert next Sunday, February 13, at 4 pm in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre. Under the direction of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, the Youth Symphony and the Young Artists Orchestra will perform a delightful selection of music – a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Take Your Valentine To The Youth Symphony Winter Concert

February 7, 2011

Jamestown, NY – Whether your Valentine is your spouse, a friend, a grandparent or other relative, here’s a sure-to-please way to celebrate a special day with them: take them to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) Winter Concert!

At 4 pm next Sunday afternoon (February 13), Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre will swell with beautiful sounds from some of the area’s most talented young musicians.

In extending the invitation to the community to enjoy the concert, CRYS board president Tanya Anderson observed, “I guarantee that if you’ve never heard the CRYS orchestras before, you’ll be amazed at the quality of their musicianship and the professionalism of their presentation!”

Performing will be the Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS music director and conductor, has been rehearsing the groups on music by Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Gershwin and more.

Prelude Strings, the CRYS orchestra for beginning string musicians, starts rehearsals next week for the Spring Gala concert on May 8. Thanks to a recent grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, there is scholarship money available for students who would like to join Prelude Strings as well as the Young Artists Orchestra or the Youth Symphony.

Concert tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Pre-sale tickets for $5 and $3 can be purchased from orchestra members or by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, and leaving a message.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to offer scholarships to dedicated young musicians. The Youth Symphony is shown here rehearsing under the direction of Bryan Eckenrode for the Winter Concert on Sunday, February 13 at 4 pm in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant For Scholarships

February 2, 2011

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has scholarship money available to offer prospective orchestra members.

Each year, up to 100 or more students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

In announcing scholarship availability, CRYS board President Tanya Anderson said, “The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board is so grateful to the Community Foundation for providing scholarship money for prospective orchestra members. Many families are struggling during these challenging economic times, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to all young musicians, not only those with financial means.”

The Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony members are hard at work rehearsing for their Winter Concert on Sunday, February 13, in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre. Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS music director and conductor, will conduct the 4 pm performance.

CRYS students are selected by teacher recommendation. Teachers and students who would like more information about CRYS and its scholarships are invited to call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

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Photo caption: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony recently appointed Melissa Ferraloro (top) to manage the Youth Symphony and Megan Shay (bottom), the Young Artists Orchestra. Their young musicians will perform the first concert of 2011 on Sunday, February 13 at 4 pm in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

Announces New Managers, Concert Plans

January 24, 2011

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently appointed Melissa Ferraloro to manage the Youth Symphony and Megan Shay, the Young Artists Orchestra.

“As our students prepare for their Winter Concert, it’s great to have our new managers on board,” said CRYS board President Tanya Anderson.

The Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony members are hard at work rehearsing for the Winter Concert on Sunday, February 13, in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS music director and conductor, will conduct the 4 pm performance.

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

“CRYS is just about to complete a very successful Annual Fund drive,” Anderson added, “which may have been inspired by the beautiful performance of the Youth Symphony’s string students at last fall’s season-opening Chamber Concert.” She stated that CRYS is especially grateful to the Sheldon Foundation for its generous Director's Discretionary Grant on behalf of Alexis Singleton.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony recognizes its contributors is by naming them on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions and preferred seating at performances. Anderson noted that tax-deductible contributions are still greatly appreciated and can be sent to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

Tickets for the February 13 concert are $5 pre-sale for adults ($7 at the door) and $3 for children ($5 at the door). Prior to the concert, they can be purchased from orchestra members or by leaving a message at (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

For more information about CRYS and its opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

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Photo caption: At their recent meeting, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members Lana Huston, DeeDee Schuver, Laurie Volpe and Katie Derrenbacher sent letters to local individuals and businesses requesting their support for the Youth Symphony’s 2010 Annual Fund Drive.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Begins Annual Fund Drive

November 30, 2010

Jamestown, NY – “We’re already seeing a great response – it’s really exciting!”

That’s how board president Tanya Anderson described the initial returns to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) mailing for its 2010-2011 annual fund drive.

“The Youth Symphony’s string students opened the season beautifully at our recent Chamber Concert, which may have inspired this strong support,” Anderson added.

Each year, up to 100 students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20.

Maestro Bryan Eckenrode has been CRYS music director and conductor since 2003. Under his professional leadership, students have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area.

While the students, parents and board members engage in a number of fund raising events in addition to selling tickets to their performances and CRYS receives significant support from foundations and other organizations in the community, individuals and local businesses are important to its success.

“In this season of giving, the Youth Symphony will be especially grateful to those who remember us during our annual fund drive,” Anderson concluded.

Among the ways the Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors is by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions and preferred seating at performances.

The Winter Concert will be on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre. The Spring Gala Concert will be on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

For more information about CRYS and its opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at web.mac.com/crysymphony/CRYS_Web_Site/Home.html.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

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Photo caption: These string players, the most advanced musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, are in rehearsal for a free concert they are performing on Sunday, November 21. The Chamber Concert will be at 7 pm at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Offers Free Concert

November 10, 2010

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is kicking off its 2010-2011 season with a free concert on Sunday, November 21, featuring the string players of the Youth Symphony.

“The community supports us, and we want to offer something in return,” noted CRYS treasurer Judith Stevens. “It’s also very motivating for our most advanced students to have a performance opportunity so early in the season!”

Accomplished musician and CRYS musical director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the 7 pm Chamber Concert in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown..

The Chamber Orchestra, composed of highly talented and motivated 12 to 20 year olds, includes students from throughout the area as well as several Jamestown Community College students.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups. The Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate level musicians, and the Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.

The public is invited to the November 21 Chamber Concert at no charge. A free will offering will be taken.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

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Photo caption: New Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board members Kathy Geary (left), Laurie Volpe and Dee Dee Schuver (not pictured) are preparing for the Chamber Concert at 7 pm on Sunday, November 21, at SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Board Adds New Members

November 3, 2010

Jamestown, NY – The new members of the board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) are looking forward to an exciting season.

“With our first performance on Sunday, November 21, it’s great to have Kathy Geary, Dee Dee Schuver and Laurie Volpe on board to help ensure its success!” noted President Tanya Anderson.

CRYS’s acclaimed musical director Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the 7 pm Chamber Concert in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown..

The Chamber Orchestra, the string players of the Youth Symphony, will be featured in this opening performance of the season. These 12 to 21 year olds are exceptional musicians and include Jamestown Community College students.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups. The Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate level musicians, and the Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.

In addition to President Anderson, returning CRYS board members are Katie Derrenbacher, Lana Huston, Peter Lindblom and Judith Stevens.

The November 21 Chamber Concert is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

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Photo caption: The Chamber Orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will hold its first rehearsal this Saturday (September 18) on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Under the direction of regionally acclaimed conductor Bryan Eckenrode, these outstanding young musicians will be preparing for their opening concert on Sunday, November 21, at SS. Peter and Paul Church. This photo was taken at last year’s Chamber Orchestra concert.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s

Chamber Orchestra Begins Rehearsals

September 15, 2010

Jamestown, NY – “The Reg is a magnificent performance hall: right from the start, the talented young musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are in a setting that inspires their best efforts!”

That’s how board vice president Katie Derrenbacher described the beginning of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s 24th season, starting this Saturday (September 18) with its Chamber Orchestra’s first rehearsal on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

“And we are so fortunate to have Bryan Eckenrode as the conductor for all our orchestras,” added Mrs. Derrenbacher. “Not only is he acclaimed throughout the region for his musicianship, he is able to make learning challenging music a fun experience!”

Mrs. Derrenbacher noted that the Chamber Orchestra’s string players, 12 to 21 year olds on approval of their music teachers, will rehearse weekly until their concert on Sunday, November 21, at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Among this season’s performers are four Jamestown Community College students who will receive ensemble credit for their participation.

Wind students will join the rehearsals after Thanksgiving in preparation for a Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony concert on Sunday, February 13, 2011, in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre. The Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate level musicians, will also begin rehearsals for the same performance.

Prelude Strings, the beginning string orchestra, gets underway in February. Students in both the Young Artists Orchestra and Prelude Strings are selected by teacher recommendation.

All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala on Sunday, May 8, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

For information about Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony tuition and polishing the skills of young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.

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