Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Nearing Close of Fund Drive

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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.
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.

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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

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.