Youth Symphony Fund Drive Closing Soon

L to R: Marie Karbacka, Mariana Mathewson, Manager Tim Pryzbelinski, Kathy Geary, Nancy Larson, Michelle Battaglia, Emily Paterniti, Lana Huston, and Mary Plumb.

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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

With a strong history of community support, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is celebrating its 32nd season of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians.

Students in CRYS’s three orchestras have had sectional coaching by professional performers/educators as well as regular rehearsals in preparation for their Spring Gala Concert in May. In addition, some have performed for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Senior Luncheon, participated in the Jamestown Concert Association’s recent master class with the Russian String Orchestra, and enjoyed a concert at and tour of Mercyhurst University in Erie.

CRYS’s annual fund drive closes soon. “We are so grateful for the contributions CRYS receives from the community,” said CRYS Board President Nancy Larson, “and we want to be sure to recognize those supporters.”

Among the ways CRYS shows appreciation is by naming its donors on its website and in the printed programs for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday evening, May 19, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, where a freewill offering will be taken.

Larson noted, “We need to receive contributions by Saturday, April 27, to be sure donors’ names are included in our programs.”

Students pay tuition for their training, but almost one-quarter receive tuition assistance.

CRYS receives important support from foundations and other organizations in the community, and parents, board members, and students participate in fundraising events, including a basket raffle at the concert.

Still, donations from individuals and local businesses — like the major support from an anonymous donor and the 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 Donors page at

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