Please consider making a donation to the West Virginia Youth Symphony
to help us continue this important program! You can donate online:


Why Give?

For 65 years, the West Virginia Youth Symphony has played an important role in the creation of a vibrant and healthy community - where children flourish through their participation in the arts and where arts audiences grow because arts-engaged children evolve into arts-loving adults. While 44% of our funding comes from revenue generating activities like tuition and ticket sales, we still need to raise an additional 56% from generous individuals and philanthropic organizations. Your gift will make a significant impact, sustaining an organization that has contributed to the arts in the Kanawha Valley for 6 decades. We promise to wisely use your gift and we thank you for your generosity.


Reasons to support WVYS:

1. WVYS provides superior music education opportunities in the region. Our conductors and faculty are among the greatest musicians in our region. Nearly 115 students participate in our programs each year, making us the largest youth symphony organization in the state. Our programs provide a comprehensive and sequential music development process that enables all students to participate and succeed.
During the academic year, WVYS enrolls students in four ensembles that serve young musicians ranging from beginners to conservatory-level artists capable of handling their own in our flagship orchestra - the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

2. WVYS’s students are our future performers and patrons. If you love classical music, you should support WVYS because our work makes your passion possible. All great musicians start with a great music education.
While many of our students study music at the conservatory level, many others choose different career paths. Studies show that a solid music education contributes to higher achievement in life. Our students become the doctors, lawyers, scientists and teachers of the next generation. They also carry a love for music with them forever. They are the next generation of music patrons, keeping classical music a vital part of our culture.

3. WVYS’s programs are available to young people, regardless of their financial resources. Many of our most successful students are unable to afford the full cost of tuition. Because of the generosity of donors like you, we were able to offer numerous scholarships to our students last season. Over 12% of the students in our tuition-based programs receive their instruction at reduced cost.

Feel free to contact us to discuss a donation ~ or make a gift now by clicking the donate button below to make an online donation to the WVYS. You can use PayPal or your favorite credit card.
We appreciate your support! Any amount is welcomed and tax deductible as the WVYS is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit organization.



The West Virginia Youth Symphony
would like to thank the following for their support
over the past 12 months

Corporate Donors

AC&S, Inc.

Albemarle Foundation
FestivALL Charleston
Herman and Cormany, CPA
Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC

Statewide Heating & Air Conditioning Service, Inc.

Individual Donors

Philanthropist ($1000+) 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Armbrust (in memory of Helen Lodge)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Coffield
Mrs. Mary McJunkin Gray 
(through the Howard P. and Mary Needles McJunkin Foundation)
in honor of Tom and Ellen Beal

Angel ($500+) 
Mrs. Marion Baer
Tom and Ellen Beal
Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Holly Blackwood
Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Carter
Jose Cevallos and Kathleen Mimnagh
(in honor of Tom Beal)
Mr. George A. Daugherty
Mrs. Pamela P. Emch (in memory of Helen Lodge)
Mr. Robert E. Lannan
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Shuman
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Slicer
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Slicer, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Westmoreland

Champion ($300+)
Mrs. Marlies Charbonniez
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. King
Mrs. Augusta B. Kozowicz
Drs. Juliana Serafin and Albert Liu

Advocate ($150+) 
Mr. Geoffrey Bourne & Ms. Grace MacMillen
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Bryant
Ms. Eva Kay Cardea
Mrs. Valerie Cowley
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Groce
Mr. John R. Jones
Kamel Marzouk and Rajia Hassib
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keller
Mrs. Callen J. McJunkin
Mrs. Judy McJunkin
Mrs. Mary Rose Nair
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Snyder
Mrs. Patricia Strickland (in memory of Helen Lodge)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winter

Sustainer ($75+)
Mrs. Julie Adams
Mr. Timothy C. Alderman
Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Bastron
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Counts
Mrs. Ann Clairborne Durbin (in memory of 
   Helen Lodge)
Mrs. Paula L. Durst
Mr. Isaac Forman
Linda Frame and Michael Forman
Mr. and Mrs H. G. Gillespie
Mr. Arnold M. Harrison
Mr. Philip S. Lawrence
Mrs. Sallie McClaugherty
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick R. Messer
Faredoon and Azita Misaghi
Mr. and Mrs. Lawton W. Posey
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Serafin
Ms. Megan Tarbett

Partner ($50+)
Drs. Vera and Mark Ayoubi
Mrs. Carter V. Blundon
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Capece
Mr. Mark Davis
Mrs. Audine Haskell
Mrs. Virginnia H. Rugeley
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scharf
Mr. and Mrs. J. William Snider, III
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Terpening
Mrs. Uala Puckett Wells

Friend ($25+)
Dr. and Mrs. Truman Dalton
Dr. and Mrs. Darshan Dave
Mrs. Jane Hange
Mrs. Hedda L. Haning
Narender and Sreedevi Jogenpally
Mr. Larry Rowe and Mrs. Julia M. Beury
Mrs. Jennifer Wood

The West Virginia Youth Symphony gratefully acknowledges major season support from:

The Daywood Foundation
Fund for the Arts
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Jacobson Foundation
Maier Foundation
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

Fund for the Arts  Commission on the Arts


Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation