Youth Symphony Fund Drive Closing Drawing Near

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.

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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

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

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