JAMESTOWN – The board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is enthusiastic about changes they are making for their 2012-2013 season.
“We took a good look at what is best for our students,” observed board president Tanya Anderson, “and decided that with some schedule adjustments, we could provide them an enhanced experience.”
Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. CRYS students are enrolled in three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate students, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 21.
Youth Symphony string players will rehearse on Saturday mornings from mid-September until their Chamber Concert, tentatively set for Sunday, November 18, 2012. In January they will be joined by wind, brass and percussion instrument students. The Youth Symphony and the Young Artists Orchestra will rehearse for the Spring Gala Concert, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013, in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Prelude Strings rehearse on Friday afternoons at Lutheran Social Services.
To increase performance opportunities, more ensemble appearances will be scheduled at community events.
Plans are underway for a field trip in March to a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall. In addition to hearing the PSO accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz, students will meet with some of the orchestra members.
The CRYS board also reorganized the manager’s position and is accepting applications through July 31. A full job description and application form are on-line at www.CRYouthSymphony.com.