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 69 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 wishes to express appreciation
to the following donors for their gifts so far this season.

Corporate Donors

AC&S, Inc.
Capital Insurance Group, LLC
Herman and Cormany, CPA
Kanawha Valley Dental Society
Knowles Veterinarian Services, Inc.
Maynard C. Smith Construction Co., Inc.
Method One Communications
Statewide Heating & Air Conditioning Service, Inc.

Individual Donors

Philanthropist ($1000+) 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Armbrust
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Coffield
Howard P. and Mary Needles McJunkin Foundation, in honor of Tom Beal

Angel ($500+) 

Mrs. Marion Baer
Tom and Ellen Beal
Mrs. Eva Kay Cardea
Mr. Tom Carson, in memory of Helen Lodge
Mrs. Paula L. Durst
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. King
Mr. Robert E. Lannan
Dr. and Mrs. Stefan Maxwell
Mr. and Mrs. David Shuman

Champion ($300+)

Mrs. Pamela P. Emch
Mrs. Augusta Kosowicz
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lane
Mr. Mike Maurer
Drs. Juliana Serafin and Albert Liu
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Slicer, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Walker

Advocate ($150+) 

Mr. Geoffrey Bourne & Ms. Grace MacMillen
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Buck
Ms. Diane Clements
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Foster
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Groce
Mr. and Mrs. Waller Hardy
Narender and Sreedevi Jogenpally
Mrs. Judy McJunkin
Mrs. Mary Rose Nair
Mrs. Nina Ratrie Peyton
Mr. and Mrs. James Snyder
Dr. Lorena Surber, DDS

Sustainer ($75+)

Julie Adams and Josh Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Eads
Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Forbes
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Havighurst
Mrs. Sara Z. Hoblitzell
Michael and Sandra Keller
Mr. and Mrs. Karl L. Klapproth
Kamel Marzouk and Rajia Hassib
Ms. Jill Oliver-Thornton
Mrs. Uala Puckett Wells

Partner ($50+)

Dr. Kellee’ Abner
Mr. Timothy C. Alderman
Mrs. Carter Blundon
Mr. Mark Davis
Linda Frame and Michael Forman
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Gillespie
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Roueche, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scharf
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Terpening
Mr. Dustin Frazier Wood

Friend ($25+)

Mr. Andrew Counts
Rima and Ali Hobeika
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrew Knop
Mr. and Mrs. William Mullett
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Serafin
Mrs. Betty M. Skaggs

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