The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently recognized the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony with a Community Service Grant to support the honorarium for its conductor and music director, Bryan Eckenrode.
Eckenrode has been the driving force of CRYS since he took its musical reins in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS's premier performance group of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.
Under Eckenrode's leadership, two more orchestras were formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players.
In announcing the grant award, CRYS board president Tanya Anderson noted that, "The board, parents and students of all three of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras are so grateful to the Community Foundation for this tremendous support. It is wonderful to have our work affirmed in such a significant way."
All three orchestras are rehearsing now for their Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. Thanks to Eckenrode's professional connections with them, Sidney King, double bass, and Evelyn Loehrlein, flute, will be guest artists at the performance.
Tickets for the concert are on sale at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 E. Third St., or by phone at 484-7070.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com.