Community Foundation grant supports Youth Symphony conductor

Submitted Photo The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded a grant to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony in support of the honorarium for its Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, pictured here. The grant was made possible by the Community Foundation’s H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts, Sarita Hopkins Weeks Fine Arts Fund, and the Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund.

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation drew on their James Abdella Fund for the Arts, Sarita Hopkins Weeks Fine Arts Fund, and the Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund to award a grant to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS). The grant is in support of the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.

In acknowledging the award, CRYS Board President Nancy Larson said, “The board, parents and students of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony join me in expressing our gratitude to the Community Foundation for their consistent support. It is wonderful to have our work affirmed in such a significant way!”

Now in its 31st season, CRYS was established to provide quality music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and to add to the cultural offerings of our area.

With broad experience in western New York and beyond and acclaimed both as a cellist and conductor, Eckenrode has led CRYS since 2003.

On March 11, CRYS students will travel to hear the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra’s “English Countryside” concert under Eckenrode’s direction. On April 22 they will hear the Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s “The Musical Life of Haydn” in Fredonia’s King Concert Hall, where their conductor is principal cello.

The application CRYS submitted to the Community Foundation noted that, “CRYS contributes to the education of our children and helps develop our community’s leaders of tomorrow. What better demonstration than the fact that three current board members are local music teachers who were once CRYS students.”

In addition, “Whether they become professional musicians or music teachers, play in local or regional orchestras, or confine their future in music only to their own enjoyment, these young people will be more successful in their various endeavors because of having been a member of a Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestra with all the rigor and discipline that their rehearsals, workshops, and performances demanded.”

The culmination of this season will be the Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call 664-2465, ext. 202, email Chautauquarys@gmail.com, or visit CRYS’s Facebook page or website, CRYouthSymphony.com.

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