Chautauqua Youth Symphony begins fundraising

Youth Symphony Board President Tanya Anderson announced the launching of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s annual fund drive.

“It is rare that a community our size can offer an opportunity of this caliber,” she said “And we know that whether music becomes their profession or their pastime, our students’ participation in a demanding performance group will have a long-term impact on their lives.”

CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.

This 27th season will open with the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony performing their Chamber Concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown.

The Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive coaching and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in early spring, with a closing performance in the Elizabeth Lenna Hall. Last March CRYS students met some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra before hearing them accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz in Pittsburgh’s magnificent Heinz Hall. Plans are being made for a similar enrichment experience this season.

Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January,

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. Support by individuals and local businesses is critical to CRYS’s survival.

The Youth Symphony expresses appreciation to its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.

For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at

Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call 664-2465, ext. 202, or email