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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.