Community Foundation Grant Supports Youth Symphony Conductor

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded a grant to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony in support of the honorarium for its Bryan Eckenrode, conductor and music director. 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.

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation drew on its 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.

The grant is in support of the honorarium for Bryan Eckenrode, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony conductor and music director.

“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,” said Nancy Larson, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board president. “It is wonderful to have our work affirmed in such a significant way.”

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

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

On March 11, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony 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 the State University at Fredonia’s King Concert Hall, where their conductor is principal cello.

The culmination of the season will be the Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 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, visit the symphony’s Facebook page or CRYouthSymphony.com.

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