Chautauqua Chamber Music, held in the intimate setting of Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, offers a variety of chamber music experiences each season with a diverse selection of guest and resident ensembles comprised of both instrumental and vocal music. Chautauqua is proud to announce the 2018 expansion of Chautauqua Chamber Music which now includes a Guest Artist Series on Mondays and a Resident Artist Series on Saturdays. Both series offer world class artistry and a wide variety of ensembles and genres, ranging from traditional string quartets and classical repertoire to jazz and contemporary music of our time.


Guest Artist Series

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This Guest Artist Series is dedicated to supporting and featuring full-time chamber ensembles of any make-up and genre that are committed to the intimate and powerful art of chamber music.

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Resident Artist Series


Chautauqua resident artists include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, School of Music faculty and other guests that are in residence for an extended period of time.

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Student Ensembles

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The Chautauqua Institution School of Music presents a student chamber series featuring exceptionally talented young musicians studying at Chautauqua each summer.

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Supporting the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

Our mission

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To promote awareness, education, appreciation and excellence in the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI). Furthermore VACI Partners will support and help the Chautauqua School of Art, the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, the Strohl Art Center and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden in furtherance of their respective goals and programs.

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Summer Events

VACI Partners 2018 Summer Events

VACI Partners Art in the Park Form

Thursday, June 28
“Friends of an Art Student” Picnic Dinner / 4:45 p.m. / Art Quad

Sunday, July 1
Art in the Park / 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Miller Park

Thursday, July 12
Art Movie Night featuring "Wasteland" / 7 p.m. /  Hall of Christ

Sunday, July 22
Chautauqua School of Art Student Exhibition / 3 p.m. / Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Thursday, July 26
VACI Partners Members Tour with Barbi Price of Chautauqua School of Art Student Exhibition / 1 – 2 p.m. / Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Saturday, July 28
Stroll Through the Arts Gala* & Stroll Through the Arts Gala Auction  / 5:30 – 8 p.m. / Strohl Art Center

Sunday, August 5
Art in the Park / 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Miller Park

Monday, August 6
VACI Partners Exhibiting Members Show / 3 – 5 p.m. / Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Thursday, August 9
Chautauqua School of Art Open Studio Night / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. / Art Quad

Monday, August 20
Closing Reception for Galleries / 3 – 5 p.m. / Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

*This is a ticketed event. Please use the Membership Form to purchase your tickets before they sell out!


Help us support the programs of the Chautauqua School of Art, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, the Strohl Art Center, and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. Your support will encourage a new generation of artists.

Would you like to sponsor an exhibition?

Make this your summer to be passionate about the arts!


Concerts & Events

072217 CSO Milanov Hristova CB268Performing 21 concerts including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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071517 CSO Music as Muse mpo 120The CSO is a professional orchestra that draws its membership from around the nation and around the world. It has grown from its original complement of 52 musicians to the current roster of 74 active members.

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cso historyThumbAn Institution orchestra of 21 musicians had been organized in 1903 by Henry B. Vincent, assistant music director at Chautauqua, and a swiftly growing music program included School of Music artist-teacher recitals and large choral works. 

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Support the CSO

071517 CSO Music as Muse mpo 073Enhance your symphony experience by becoming a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League or Symphony Patrons.

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07xx17 cso wagner ec805View open positions and application information for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

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Chautauqua Diversity Fellows

0714 MSFO RLG03masterChautauqua Institution is pleased to announce the establishment of the Chautauqua Diversity Fellows Program, an expansion of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) groundbreaking Diversity Fellowship Program for pre-professional underrepresented musicians.  

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Popular (Evening) Entertainment

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Symphony Orchestra

20170815 gf 07037Performing 21 concerts including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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071517 Noises Photocall DM 15Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join nineteen emerging artists drawn from top training programs to produce a vibrant body of work in the historic Bratton Theater.

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Family Entertainment

072817 FamilyEntertainment RhythmicCircus CB 05This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Chamber Music

ChamberFestInstrumental and vocal music from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time.

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070817 LOrfeo DM 08The oldest continuously producing summer opera company in the U.S. as well as the fourth oldest American opera company.

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Sunday Entertainment

08xx17 glennmillerorchestra ec0293Sundays are free at CHQ – free admission to the grounds and a free afternoon show in the Amphitheater.

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Visual Arts

062817 3GalleriesPrev055The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) includes the Chautauqua School of Art, the galleries of the Strohl Art Center, the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden and the visual arts lecture series.

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080217 pasdeDeux OS 03.jpgChautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the lives of our audience within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of symphonic music.

We seek to serve the purposes of the Institution by inspiring, educating and engaging a diverse and growing audience; by serving as an integral part of the Chautauqua community; by exemplifying artistic excellence in presenting programs that celebrate both tradition and innovation; and by demonstrating sound financial stewardship.