Youth Symphony receives Community Foundation grant

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support their Chautauqua Weekend in the spring.

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has begun its 26th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians. Scheduled for April 19-20, the weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons, presentations from professional musicians, and a public performance at Chautauqua’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

The event prepares the musicians for the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, which includes performances by all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players, and the Youth Symphony.

In March, CRYS students will take travel to Pittsburgh where they will have a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony before the orchestra accompanies a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” in Heinz Hall.

Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Rehearsals are supervised by CRYS manager Julia Herman, who also assists Maestro Eckenrode with recruiting and scheduling ensemble performances at community events.

Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons on the Lutheran campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra and Youth Symphony rehearse on Saturday mornings in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.

For information about how to participate in the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony as well as to schedule ensemble presentations by these young musicians, call 664-2465, Ext. 202, or visit