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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Board
“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, 2917.
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 email@example.com, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.