Youth Symphony Students Visit Mercyhurst University


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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

A number of Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) students spent St. Patrick’s Day visiting Mercyhurst University.

Accompanied by several family members, they departed on a bus from the I-86 Park & Ride. After arriving on campus, they had a meet-and-greet with Music Department Chair Dr. Nathan Hess and faculty member Jonathan Moser, who is also Artistic Director of the Erie Junior Philharmonic.

The group enjoyed the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra’s “Concert of Soloists” conducted by Moser in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Then they took a guided tour of the campus and had supper in the Grotto Commons Dining Hall.

The enrichment trip was planned by CRYS board member Mariana Mathewson, a recent Mercyhurst graduate, in conjunction with University staff. The students’ CRYS tuition covered their enrichment trip expenses.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has three orchestras under the leadership of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Chamber Orchestra for advanced students.

All are now preparing for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday evening, May 19, at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. A reception follows the free performance where a freewill offering will be taken.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit or the CRYS Facebook page.