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


Why Give?

Since 1949, 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.


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Kroger rewards and Amazon Smile

Are you looking for ways to support the West Virginia Youth Symphony?

You can help without spending extra cash--just by using your Kroger card or shopping with Amazon Smile!  Every time you shop, a percentage of your purchase total will be donated to the WVYS, for no additional charge! Visit the Kroger Community Awards web page to add West Virginia Youth Symphony as your charity organization.

You may also support the WVYS by signing up for and placing orders through Amazon Smile. Search West Virginia Youth Symphony Inc and add as your charity organization. Note: Only orders placed at are eligible for contributions from Amazon.


The West Virginia Youth Symphony wishes to express appreciation to the

following donors for their charitable donations gifts this 2017-2018 season.

(List as of 5-17-2018)

Corporate Donors


AC&S, Inc.

CS&PS, Inc.

Capital Insurance Group, LLC

Herman and Cormany, CPA

Kanawha Valley Dental Society

Knowles Veterinarian Services, Inc.

KVC Behavioral Healthcare WV

Method One Communications

Statewide Heating & Air Conditioning Service, Inc.

The Woman’s Club of Charleston


Individual Donors

Philanthropist ($1000+) 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Armbrust

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Coffield

Mr. William Davis Maxwell

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. Thomas L. Carson

Mrs. Paula L. Durst

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. King

Mr. Robert E. Lannan

Dr. and Mrs. Stefan Maxwell

Mr. and Mrs. David Shuman

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Westmoreland

Champion ($300+)

Mrs. Marlies M. Charbonniez

Mrs. Pamela P. Emch

Mr. and Mrs. Waller Hardy

Mrs. Augusta Kosowicz

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lane

Mr. Mike Maurer

Ms. Callen McJunkin

Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Neal

Mrs. Nina Ratrie Peyton

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

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Cavendish

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Churchill

Ms. Diane Clements

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Dinsmore

Barbara Warren and Duane Dombek

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Forman

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Foster

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Groce

Dr. Arnold M. Harrison

Narender and Sreedevi Jogenpally

Mrs. Judy McJunkin

Mrs. Mary Anne Michael

Mrs. Mary Rose Nair

Mrs. Nina Ratrie Peyton

Robin and James Snyder

Dr. Lorena Surber, DDS

Mr. Joe Tackett

Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Teodoro

Sustainer ($75+)

Julie Adams and Josh Barrett

Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Bastron

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Bryant

Valerie C. and Todd W. Cowley

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Eads

Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Forbes

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Havighurst

Mrs. Sprague Hazard

John and Sara Hoblitzell in memory of Margaret “Peg” Wilson

Mrs. Emily Hopta

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Jones

Michael and Sandra Keller

Mr. Karl L. Klapproth

Mr. Phil Lawrence aka “Mr. Artwalk”

Kamel Marzouk and Rajia Hassib

Mrs. Sallie F. McClaugherty

Ms. Jill Oliver-Thornton

Dr. and Mrs. Art Rubin

Mrs. Virginnia H. Rugeley

Mrs. Uala Puckett Wells

Partner ($50+)

Dr. Kellee’ Abner

Mr. Timothy C. Alderman

Mrs. Carter Blundon

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Chiparo

Ms. Lisa A. Christy

Mr. Mark Davis

Mary Fike and Joseph Dowling

Dr. Agnes Enrico-Simon

Linda Frame and Michael Forman

Mr. Gary Frame

Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Gillespie

Drs. M. Ayoubi & Vera Hoylman

Mrs. Marilyn Mason

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Roueche, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scharf

Mrs. Megan Tarbett

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Terpening

Mr. Dustin Frazier Wood

Friend ($25+)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew B. Cooke

Mr. Andrew Counts

Mrs. Jane Hange

Rima and Ali Hobeika

Robert and Alyson Knop in honor of Tom Beal

Mr. and Mrs. William Mullett

Mr. and  Mrs. Otis O’Connor

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