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This is the place. 
With something for everyone. 
Discover the culture. 
Plan your 2021 stay.

A summer retreat for the mind, body and soul unlike any other, Chautauqua Institution is a unique lakeside destination mixing small-town charm with big-city culture — not to mention the most beautiful 36 holes of golf in the area. For an unforgettable experience that truly has something for everyone, plan your perfect visit today.


Chautauqua: Where friends and family assemble

2021 Weekly Themes and Programs • June 26–August 29


Far more than a
room with a view

With amenities like fine-dining, quaint shops and charming gardens, many options are available for the over 100,000 annual visitors to Chautauqua Institution. With on-grounds accommodations ranging from hotels, inns, guest houses, single- and multi-family homes, condominiums and apartments, guests are able to choose a unique experience that suits them.


Start Planning Your Visit

Whether it's a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, it's time to experience everything the Chautauqua Institution has to offer.


A love letter to our resilient Chautauqua community — we hope you will find warmth in its simple message, the scenes of pure joy from seasons past, and, especially, the recording of "God Be With You ’Til We Meet Again," from the last time we gathered as a community in the Amphitheater, on Aug. 30, 2019.

Welcome to the 2021 Season!

This page lists all long-term and short-term ticket options, plus information about many other services and tickets. Before you begin, you may want to consult our Planning Your 2021 Stay and 2021 Planning FAQ pages.

Table of Contents

• Gate Passes & Parking Rates

• Boats

• Special Studies & Online Learning

• Youth Programs

• Recreation

Order Your Gate Pass

A gate pass is required to enter the grounds and acts as your passport to the Chautauqua Experience. Please note the new gate pass pricing and structure for 2021. Rate charts are included below. There will be two types of gate passes for purchase:

    • Traditional Chautauqua Gate Pass: Includes access to the Institution grounds and admission to most of our programming. Up to two "Popular Entertainment" events weekly will require purchase of an additional ticket. This change was prompted by anticipated capacity and distancing restrictions due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all attendees at our higher-demand Popular Entertainment shows, a separate, assigned-seat ticket must be purchased. Please note, a Gate Pass also includes a subscription to CHQ Assembly (the digital expression of Chautauqua Institution), for one month.
    • Grounds Access Pass (GAP): Provides access to the Institution grounds only. If the pass holder would like to attend a ticketed event, they must purchase a full-price single ticket separately (a la carte). Please note, a Grounds Access Pass includes a subscription to CHQ Assembly (the digital expression of Chautauqua Institution), for one month.

Both pass types include access to art galleries, beaches, parks, and complimentary transportation services.

Guests ages 12 and under must be registered to receive a complimentary "Traditional" Gate Pass.

For ages 13 to 25, youth gate passes are available at a reduced rate.

Complimentary "Traditional" Gate Passes are available for active military members (with valid ID) and for guests who are at least 90 years of age (or turn 90 before current season ends). 

House Credits:  Any patrons who opted to defer funds last year may apply the dollar amount of their House Credit toward their 2021 gate pass order. Please place your order by phone and be sure to mention that you have a House Credit to use. 716-357-6250


Purchases in addition to the gate pass

  • Amphitheater Popular Entertainment Concerts & Preferred Seating
    • Seating configurations for events in the Amphitheater are not known at this time. Please check back for more information about events in the Amphitheater.

  • Parking Pass: Required for on-grounds and Main Lot parking.

  • Mooring and Boat Registration Fees: All boats must be registered. Mooring rentals are available for ramps, buoys, and slips.

  • Recreation Activities: Sign up for golf, tennis, or fitness center programs.

  • Special Studies Classes: Lifelong and enrichment learning with more than 400 classes offered.

  • Youth Programs: Including preschool, day camp, tennis, sailing, golf and Special Studies classes.

Season Gate Pass Prices
   Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming) Grounds Access Only Pass
Adult Youth (ages 13–25) Adult Youth (ages 13–25)
Through March 31, 2021 $2,149 $359 $1,530 $315
April 1 to May 31, 2021 $2,295 $359 $1,530 $315
Starting June 1, 2021 $4,374 $359 $1,530 $315
Season Weekend Pass Not Available Not Available $540 $540


Weekly Gate Pass Prices
    Traditional Gate Pass  (includes most programming)* Grounds Access Only Pass**
Adult Youth (ages 13–25) Adult Youth (ages 13–25)
Starting 2/9/21 Starting 6/1/21 Starting 2/9/21 Starting 2/9/21 Starting 2/9/21
8 weeks $2,149 $4,374 $359 $1,360 $315
7 weeks $2,149 $4,374 $359 $1,190 $315
6 weeks $1,999 $3,249 $359 $1,020 $300
5 weeks $1,699 $2,545 $359 $850 $250
4 weeks $1,399 $1,959 $359 $680 $200
3 weeks $1,099 $1,459 $300 $510 $150
2 weeks $799 $945 $225 $340 $100
1 week or 6 days $440 $495 $125 $170 $50
5 days $419 $419 $125 Not Available Not Available
4 days $349 $349 $125 Not Available Not Available
3 days $279 $279 $125 Not Available Not Available
2 days $199 $199 $118 Not Available Not Available
1 day (24 hours) $100 $100


Not Available Not Available

Gate pass policies are located at chq.org/ticketing-policies.

All gate passes require the holder’s full name. Titles and initials may not be used.

If staying in on-grounds accommodations, the address will be required when ordering the gate pass.

Where multiple-week discounts apply, per pricing above, all weeks must be purchased in the same transaction. The weeks do not need to be consecutive. Partial weeks are not eligible for this discount.


Parking Prices (per vehicle)
Duration Main Lot per car Private per car Institution Zoned per car
Season $219 $245 $475
8 weeks $210 $235 $449
7 weeks $205 $229 $435
6 weeks $190 $219 $399
5 weeks $180 $205 $385
4 weeks $169 $199 $349
3 weeks $149 $175 $319
2 weeks $125 $135 $289
1 week $65 $69 $259
Daily $10 $12 $55
Daily (Concert) $15*

*Main Lot parking rate increases after 3 p.m. on day of concert.

Please note that the majority of our parking is located in the Main Lot. Most accommodations do not provide a parking pass. Please check with the property owner prior to placing your parking pass order.


North and South Lots

Chautauqua Institution offers a reserved parking program for property owners who:
      1. have no parking at their residence; and
      2. have purchased a full-season gate pass.

South Lot Spot $350 Assigned Parking
North Lot Spot $279 Unassigned Parking

Renewals: Must be purchased by March 15 to maintain parking rights.

Reassignment requests: Submit request to ticketoffice@chq.org by March 15. If reassigned, the original parking pass issued must be returned before the reassigned parking pass will be issued. Notification of reassignments begins April 1.

New Requests Waiting List: Submit request to ticketoffice@chq.org, including contact information and property address. Requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Notification of assignment begins May 3. Requests submitted after May 3 will be added to the waiting list for the following season.

Institution Dock Prices (Mooring and Boat Registration)

Chautauqua Institution offers mooring in an assigned space. Vessels moored at an Institution or private dock are required to purchase and display a current registration sticker. The mooring rental period must match the dates on an accompanying gate pass.

  • Mooring Renewals and Reassignments: Must be purchased by March 16 to reserve the prior season assignment. Reassignment requests are due March 16; send to ticketoffice@chq.org. Notification by docks staff begins June 1.
  • New Mooring: Only assigned by the Central Dock Office. Starting June 1, contact the office at docks@chq.org or 716-357-6288.

Purchase of mooring assumes agreement to terms of lease.
Institution docks include: Central, Evergreen, Maple, McClintock, North Ave., North Shore, Oak, Overlook, Sailing, and Wiley docks. All other docks are private.

  • Boat Sizes: Small Boat (12 feet long and shorter); Large Boat (longer than 12 feet)
  • Ramps are for vessels like a Sunfish, rowboat, or canoe.
  • Small vessels that are sharing a mooring space are subject to one moorage fee for the shared space and a separate registration fee for each vessel.
Institution Docking
Mooring & Vessel Registration Fees
Renewals through 3/16/21 New or Renewals 3/17/21
Season Ramp: Small Vessel $157 $165
Season Buoy: Small Vessel $148 $155
Season Buoy: Large Vessel $313 $330
Season Slip: Large Vessel $515 $540
Weekly Ramp: Small Vessel $81 $85
Weekly Buoy: Small Vessel $81 $85
Weekly Buoy: Large Vessel $123 $130
Weekly Slip: Large Vessel $148 $155
Private Mooring
Vessel Registration Fees Only
Season Small Vessel $88 $95
Season Large Vessel $253 $270
Weekly Small Vessel $44 $45
Weekly Large Vessel $81 $85

Special Studies and Online Learning

We’ve taken Chautauqua’s beloved Special Studies program online! Visit Chautauqua’s new Online Classroom, where patrons can enroll in master and enrichment classes from your home this summer and year-round. We do plan to offer limited in-person classes on the Chautauqua grounds this summer.

The 2021 online experience offers classes for youth and adults in subjects ranging from art, music, photography, culinary arts, religion, and philosophy, to fitness, dance, history, literature, and writing. Enjoy Chautauqua’s unique learning experience and enrich your mind, body, and spirit online! Classes in a variety of subjects, for youth and adults, are offered through Chautauqua’s Special Studies program. The diverse curriculum includes master classes with Amphitheater speakers, courses through the School of Art, School of Dance and Chautauqua Writers’ Center, and more than 400 classes in subjects ranging from history and handcrafts to fitness and the culinary arts.

For more information or to register, visit classes.chq.org.


Youth Programs

Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

For more information, visit youth.chq.org.


Chautauqua Golf Club offers two championship 18-hole public golf courses. Season memberships include greens fees and use of the Learning Center — a complete teaching and practice facility. Learning Center memberships can be purchased separately.

For non-member daily fee rates, tee times, bag storage, lockers, and other membership options call 716-357-6211 or to book online visit chqgolf.com.

Golf Memberships
Season Single $1,260
Season Family* $1,785
Season College (ages 18–23) $435
Season Junior (age 17 & under) $290
Season Single Young Adult (ages 24–40) $670
Season Family* Young Adult (ages 24–40) $950
Additional Family Member $250
One week/Individual** $175
One week/Family** $300
Season Locker Only $70
Season Club Storage Only $110
Season Club Storage with Locker $160
Season Cart Single $640
Season Cart Couple $960
Season Cart Family $1,050
Learning Center Memberships
Individual $230
Family* $350
Junior (17 & Under) $165

*Family means parents plus children under age 18.
**Membership must correspond with gate pass. Includes green fees, Learning Center privileges, cart and bag storage. Limit of 2 one-week memberships per person.



Long-term Gate Pass: Gate pass with a minimum length of 24 hours.

Age 12 & Under Gate Pass*: Registration required; no gate pass fee.

Youth Gate Pass*: Age 13 to age 25, based on age when the gate pass begins.

Age 90+ Gate Pass*: Registration required; no gate pass fee. Guest must be at least 90 years of age or turn 90 before current season ends.

Active-duty military*: Registration required; no gate pass fee.

Week: A week is any seven consecutive nights. Weekly gate passes are valid from 7 a.m. on the arrival date until 10 a.m. on departure date. Additional time may be purchased.

*For these passes the proof of eligibility is required when the order is placed. Proof of age or proper ID card may be required.

More Information Forthcoming

As we continue to work through our pricing plan for 2021, concurrent with parallel planning for compliance with health and safety regulations, we anticipate having more details to share soon about the following ticket types and programs:

  • Popular Entertainment
  • Day Passes, including portions of days
  • Youth, including Children's School, Boys' and Girls' Club and Group One
  • Opera
  • Theater
  • Recreation, including golf, tennis, sailing and Sports Club

We will provide notice when details are posted via our regular e-newsletter communications, which you may sign up to receive at this link (check the box for "2021 Information and Announcements").



Share your sandcastle photos

Our Children’s Beach lifeguards want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the beach this summer by inviting you to post your sandcastle creations here for all to enjoy! Whether your sandcastle is near the ocean, a lake or in your backyard sandbox, share a photo here and help us spread a little sun and beach cheer around the internet this summer.  

You can also share your sandcastle photos on Instagram and Twitter with the tag #CHQsandcastle.

Our lifeguards will vote on your submissions on Aug. 14 and award a Chautauqua Institution gift card to a couple of their favorite entries!


Chautauqua Mirror Project

thumbnail image002Chautauqua Institution has a history of convening conversations and dialogue, with the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua hosting some of the most dynamic and important conversations about race on the grounds. The Institution and the AAHH are partnering on a project designed to spur community discussions about racism this summer and beyond.

Update January 2021: Thank you to everyone who answered prompts, participated in a webinar or otherwise engaged with the Mirror Project website during the Summer of 2020. Our project work is currently focused on Mirror Project Reading Circles and this site will not be monitored during the winter and spring months of 2021. If you are interested in learning more about our reading circles, please email our Director of Literary Arts, Sony Ton-Aime, at stonaime@chq.org.

The Mirror Project is a chance for the Chautauqua Institution community to reflect on racism and to help shape CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch discussions that will be offered online during the 2020 assembly and into later months. Starting this summer, the Institution and the African American Heritage House will host moderated discussions about the themes, concerns, or debates that emerge from our posted reflections.

Please answer as many of the prompts below as you wish and we will post responses here. Your responses will influence directly the topics chosen for discussion on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Throughout the summer, we will add additional questions and prompts based on presentations from speakers, artists, chaplains and guests.

We ask that you avoid hateful language and that you respect the opinions of others, even if you do not share them. Chautauqua Institution may remove any response it feels violates these guidelines.

Additional prompts that emerge from our online platform, such as questions posed to speakers, will be posted throughout the summer and we hope that you will come back often to respond to new prompts so the conversation grows and evolves.

The Initial Questions:

• How has your thinking about racism evolved since national protests and related media coverage began toward the end of May?

• Are you discussing racism in your family? If so, what are some of the learnings or insights you have had from those discussions? Is the conversation different among your friend group, colleagues or other cohorts? If so, how?

• Confirmation bias is a form of bias through which we interpret new evidence or information in a way that confirms our view on a topic. Do you think confirmation bias is at work in your thinking about race or racism? If so, how do you acknowledge it and how are you working to identify and prevent it? Does that work involve taking a more active stance, and, if yes, how so?

Added July 16:

• How do you respond to Clint Smith's Ted Talk, "The Danger of Silence?" Have you had an experience where you regretted not speaking up? Can you recall a time where you were glad you did say something?


Added July 20

• Where are you in your understanding and acceptance of systemic racism as a concept? Do you agree with Dr. Rose's statement that it exists alongside individual attitudes? If not, why not?


Added July 28

• What are you reading regarding race? Do you agree with all the author is saying? Do you prefer to read these materials alone or as part of a reading circle? Why or why not?

Added August 3

• Conduct an "inclusion audit" of yourself, your family, your community and share what you discover. For more about what an "inclusion audit" entails, you can view our August 3, 2020 Virtual Porch Chat with Dr. Robert Franklin.

Added October 15

Last month, we held our first Mirror Project Reading Circles during which more than one hundred people discussed Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. As follow-up:

Write a letter about race to someone or something. It can be a loved one, a stranger, an institution, a generation, a country, etc. In the letter, like Ta-Nehisi Coates, use current and past experiences, historical facts, and anecdotes and testimonies to support your topic. 

Register for October’s Reading Circle here: https://learn.chq.org/courses/mirror-project-reading-circle-discussion


Added November 2

In Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, Martin Luther King advocates for social changes that persist to this day. In this spirit, we encourage you to write about something in our society that you have long wished to see changed and, in your own words, tell us how we as a society can change it. Please note that submissions cannot be longer than 1000 words. 

Your Answers:
Respond using our form below or tag #chqmirror on Instagram, Twitter. To view the gallery, click "View Submissions" in the green bar below.


If you need assistance using one of our online platforms, please contact our ticket office at 716.357.6250 or ticketoffice@chq.org.

Here is a list of links to articles we've shared on Instagram in order of the date they were shared.

Nov. 23, 2020:

Nov. 18, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Scott Kelly 2019 lecture

Nov. 11, 2020, Veterans Day post:

  • Selections from Past Chautauqua Seasons
    All books available from the Chautauqua Bookstore: bookstore.chq.org

    Redeployment by Phil Klay
    Winner of the 2015 Chautauqua Prize
    2016 Chautauqua Lecture

    The Long Walk by Brian Castner
    2013 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program

    Love My Bible More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army / Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War by Kayla M. Williams
    2016 Chautauqua Lecturer (recording not available)

    Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
    2018 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    2018 CLSC Author Presentation

    Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
    2009 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program 

October 28, 2020: Profile of Carnahan-Jackson Garden by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club

October 27, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Elaine Weiss 2020 lecture | View the lecture on CHQ Assembly

October 20, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Jelani Cobb 2018 lecture

October 6, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Cecile McLorin Salvant's 2016 lecture/performance

August 8, 2020: Week Six Programs

August 4, 2020: What about Woodwinds?

August 3, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Company: Featuring Steven Osgood and Guest Host, Chauncey Packer

August 3, 2020: Chamber Music Series: Cantus

August 3, 2020: The Mirror Project Discussion

August 1, 2020: Chautauqua Mirror Project | The Chautauquan Daily

July 27, 2020: Two Russians, Eight Strings

July 27, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 24, 2020: School of Music Piano Recital

July 24, 2020: Old First Night Run/Walk

 July 23, 2020: Week Five Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 23, 2020: Student Music Recital

July 23, 2020: Events Today

July 22, 2020: New Play Workshop 2: Tomorrow Will Be Sunday | The Chautauquan Daily

July 22, 2020: School of Music Voice Recital

July 22, 2020: Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford in conversation with Chautauqua's Gene Robinson

July 21, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Sharing IDEAs: A conversation on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility with Sphinx Organization

July 21, 2020: CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Miguel Luciano

July 21, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: NPW 2 Brown Bag

July 20, 2020: Fitness Center Programs

July 18, 2020: Week Three | Art and Democracy

July 17, 2020: Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations featuring Gina Chavez, 5 p.m. EDT

July 17, 2020: Student Piano Recital, 4 p.m. EDT

July 16, 2020: Paula Kerger discusses “PBS American Portrait"

July 16, 2020: Week Four Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly 

July 15, 2020: Online Classroom and Youth Programs

July 15, 2020: African American Heritage House Lecture: Fahamu Pecou

July 15, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 14, 2020: Arts Events Today

July 14, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 11, 2020: School of Music Events

July 10, 2020:  An Evening with Ben Folds

July 10, 2020: Derek Thompson Lecture

July 10, 2020: Week Two lectures in review, The Chautauquan Daily

July 10, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Invasion

July 9, 2020: The Chautauquan Daily 

July 9, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Swing into the Season with CSO"

July 8, 2020: Afternoon Piano Recital with Nicola Melville and John Milbauer

July 8, 2020: Online Classes and Engagement for Youth and Adults

July 6, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly Online Platforms

July 5, 2020: Assembly Platforms and Schedule

July 4, 2020: Independence Day Celebration featuring Stuart Chafetz, Tony DeSare, Capathia Jenkins and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 3, 2020: Week Two Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 3, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: Hello, Chautauqua!

July 3, 2020: Song requests for CSO concert on Monday July 7

July 1, 2020: Week Two Classes and Youth Programs

June 29, 2020: 2020 Opera events

June 28, 2020: Sign up for weekly youth programs

June 28, 2020: Katharine Wilkinson at Chautauqua

June 28, 2020: What Is Ecofeminism? Understanding The Intersection Of Gender & The Environment

June 27, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman to speak at Chautauqua

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman on CNN

June 26, 2020: Opening Three Taps

June 25, 2020: New Online Youth Programs

 June 24, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Virtual Sing-In - Part 1, 5p.m. on June 24

June 23, 2020: June 24 Authors Convening 

June 23, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker: Corporate America Has Failed Black America

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker at Chautauqua, July 14, 2020

June 22, 2020: Imani Perry conversations with Krista Tippett at Chahtauqua Institution

June 21, 2020: Maurice Carlos Ruffin, CLSC Author, We Cast a Shadow

June 20, 2020: learn.chq.org

June 19, 2020: 1619 Project

June 19, 2020: Nikole Hannah-Jones Examines Racism From ‘Slaveocracy’ to ‘Democracy’ | June 25, 2019 The Chautauquan Daily

June 19, 2020: Young Playerights Project

June 17, 2020: Pulitzer Winner David Blight to Expand on Frederick Douglass’ Life & Legacy | Chautauquan Daily 2019

June 17, 2020: One Week to Save Democracy | By David W. Blight

June 15, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 15 • From the Jewish Tradition

June 14, 2020: Chaplain Ottis Moss II, God Provides Moral Compass, ‘Moral Imagination’ for Tough Times

June 14, 2020: Otis Moss III sermon archive

June 13, 2020 | Regenerative products just might save the planet – and the economy

June 12, 2020: Who is the ‘we’ in ‘We the People’? Cobb examines ‘fundamental divide’ of racism in defining identity

June 11, 2020: The Guardian | Quoting 2019 lecturer Eric Klinenberg: ‘Are you immune?’ The new class system that could shape the Covid-19 world

June 11, 2020: Sociologist Eric Klinenberg to Discuss Need for Shared and Community-Building Spaces | July 4, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 11, 2020: Eric Klinenberg Lauds Value of Libraries as Social Infrastructure | July 6, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 10, 2020: Director DuVernay discusses the politics of filmmaking | Chautauquan Daily, July 29, 2015

June 10, 2020: Sick of the ‘blue code of silence,’ director Ava DuVernay starts an initiative to spotlight police brutality

| Washington Post, June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 14 • From the Christian Tradition | Michael-Ray Mathews 

June 8, 2020: “Is America Possible?” | By By Dr. Corey D. B. Walker

June 7, 2020: Bryan Stevenson imparts Martin Luther King Jr.’s requirements for justice, peace

June 6, 2020: Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton | In interfaith lecture, Sutton suggests 4 steps for racial equality

June 5, 2020: Statement from President Michael E. Hill

June 5, 2020: Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Alternative Community

June 5, 2020: Racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome | By Joan Chittister


Refund FAQs

Is the Ticket Office staff working during the pandemic?
Yes! In accordance with NYS guidelines, some of our staff members work remotely from their homes while others are stationed on-site at the welcome center to facilitate curbside pick-up services.

What should I do if I have not received a refund for my 2020 ticket order?
Please contact the Ticket Office at your earliest convenience by calling 716.357.6250, by emailing ticketoffice@chq.org or by using the form below to submit your request.

How long will it take to process my refund?
Please note that all refunds and donations require ticket agent attention. Once your request has been processed by our agents:

  • Refunds to a credit card may take 3–7 business days to appear.
  • Refunds issued via check may take 3–6 weeks (working remotely may cause delays).
  • A letter of receipt for your tax-deductible donation to the 2020 Chautauqua fund will be sent to you by Chautauqua’s Office of Advancement.

I've received my concert ticket refund but the event has now been rescheduled for 2021. What next?

  • Patrons who purchased popular entertainment tickets for 2020 will be notified when tickets for each rescheduled concert go on sale.
  • To ensure that we have your most up-to-date contact information, please email us: ticketoffice@chq.org or call us at 716.357.6250.
  • Due to the uncertainty of future guidelines on seating arrangements for performance venues, we cannot guarantee ticket availability for rescheduled concerts. 



10:30 a.m. EDT Monday–Thursday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

Watch 2020 Lectures On-Demand

Week One :: June 26–July 3, 2021

China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?

  • Under President Xi Jinping’s rule, the world’s most populous country has been working toward fulfilling the “China Dream” of global leadership, positioning itself inside a “superpower marathon” with the United States. Now, amid a trade war, the arrival of COVID-19 has been met with harsh rhetoric from both sides, further straining U.S.-China relations.
  • In this week of geopolitics, economics and cultural exploration, we consider China’s role in the world after COVID-19 and whether it emerges stronger or weaker politically and economically. How is it leveraging the pandemic in its recovery and in its efforts to overtake the U.S. as the global leader in technology, and how is the U.S. responding? Is China an unstoppable force or has it already peaked?

Week Two :: July 3–10, 2021

New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns

  • There is so much left to explore and discover — and the more humans explore, the more we learn how much remains undiscovered. We consider these new frontiers in science, health, technology, the environment, and look to where new insights are being gained every day.
  • In this week, we welcome the new explorers, the next generation of innovators, to learn what work they’re doing on the cutting edge of these fields, exploring the extraordinary and making the unknown, known.

Week Three :: July 10–17, 2021

Trust, Society and Democracy

  • While recent work from the Pew Research Center had previously indicated our growing distrust in social institutions and of each other in making democratic decisions, the past year has brought this crisis of trust to a critical inflection point.
  • How can trust be restored, and how do we maintain a healthy level of skepticism that doesn’t devolve into something worse? The internet and social media have clearly accelerated and inflamed this troubling trend — what role can they play in reversing it?
  • What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, and what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve? Perhaps most importantly, how can we work to regain trust with one another?

Week Four :: July 17–24, 2021

Many Americas: Navigating Our Divides

  • We are many Americas. We are many geographies, many economies, many cultures, many beliefs. We are a nation of differences and divides, and in a summer following a presidential election and a devastating pandemic that has thrown those divides into stark relief, we look to better understand those many Americas, the barriers—real or perceived—that keep us apart, and together consider how we navigate our differences in charting a future for our nation.

Week Five :: July 24–31, 2021

The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center

  • The art of comedy is deeply personal, requiring artists and creators to tap into their own experience to hone a unique, resonant and authentic voice.
  • In this week, we examine how comedians working in an array of genres, media and styles have found their voices, developed their voices and mobilized their voices to communicate with audiences in impactful — and entertaining — ways.

Week Six :: July 31–August 7, 2021

Building a Culture of Empathy

  • Creating understanding and compassion, empathy is critical in navigating our world and building community. Empathy might have a reputation associated with emotionality or sentimentality, but what does it look like in action, from improving health care via the doctor-patient relationship and fostering strong childhood development to implementing effective public policy and leading through times of crisis?
  • Instilling and normalizing empathy has the potential to help us connect across our most polarizing differences and survive our most tragic times, so how can we work together to build a lasting culture of empathy?

Week Seven ::August 7–14, 2021

The State of the Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

  • What drives the rebuilding of the economy in the wake of COVID-19? In the summer of 2021 — a year and a half after the pandemic plunged the U.S. into recession — we examine the state of “recovery” from Main Street to Wall Street; what has been lost and what has thrived; and what the crisis has laid bare in terms of necessary investments and structural reforms. How do we make our economy more resilient?
  • During this week we consider what building a new economy can and should look like, beyond high employment and growing businesses. Do we want an economy that looks like the one we had on January 1, 2020, or one that is more just in the distribution of wealth? What will we have learned during the months following the re-opening of the economy, and what are we learning from the approaches of other nations? What — and who — have we deemed essential in this new and evolving economy?

Week Eight :: August 14–21, 2021

The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery

  • Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, “Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer … or something more?”
  • In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.

Week Nine :: August 21–29, 2021


  • What drives people to keep going when forces outside their control work against them? And what does that tell us about our humanity and hope for the future? We close our 2021 season looking at the resilience that emerged during a tumultuous 2020. From a global pandemic to the quest for racial equality, we reflect on a revealing, historic period by lifting up the stories and the lessons of those who refused to give up, give in or go away.
  • Week Nine also welcomes the return of the Chautauqua Food Festival.

Before completing the form below, you may want to explore some resources that answer many of the most frequent questions we receive from our community members:

CHQ Assembly Subscription Support: Click here to manage your subscription to the CHQ Assembly Video Platform. If you subscribed via the app on your phone, tablet or smart TV, click here for instructions on how to manage your subscription through those platforms. For further support, the Chautauqua Institution Ticket Office is available during regular business hours. Email us at ticketoffice@chq.org or call 716-357-6250.


062417 sacredsongpreview 03 fileOrganist, liturgist, choir director, community faith leader: Our community mourns the loss of our beloved Jared Jacobsen and celebrates his remarkable life and artistry.

Having spent 65 summers at Chautauqua, Jared Jacobsen served as the Institution’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music since 1996, shaping the worship life of Chautauqua’s thousands of residents and guests for each of its nine seasonal weeks. He was the primary operator and guardian of the 112-year-old Massey Memorial Organ of four manuals and 5,640 pipes, located in the Amphitheater, which is the centerpiece of Chautauqua’s programming. He also shepherded the 50-voice Motet Choir for daily worship services and the 150-voice Chautauqua Choir for Sunday morning and evening worship, played weekly recitals on the Massey and the 1893 Tallman mechanical-action organ in the Hall of Christ, and appeared frequently as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony and Music School Festival Orchestras.

In 1987, Jared played for the papal mass in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for a congregation of 70,000 and the following spring was invited by Pope John Paul II to be an American delegate to the historic First World Congress of Church Music at the Vatican. 

When not at Chautauqua during the summer months, Jared served as director of music for First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego, and as a member of the performing arts faculty of The Bishop’s School, an independent college-preparatory middle and high school in La Jolla, California.

Please feel welcome to leave a public tribute to Jared in the thread below.


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In Memoriam: Jared Jacobsen, March 18, 1949–August 27, 2019

"Day is Done" & "Largo," August 25, 2019
Sacred Song Service: "Camp Meeting is Over — Final Chautauqua Thoughts"

Leavetaking: Litany of Thanksgiving for Chautauqua

A version of the following litany written by Jared, shown as it appears in the program, has been read near the conclusion of the final Sacred Song Service of each season since 1999, including his last on Aug. 25, 2019.

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Public Tributes to Jared

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Winter Village Paused in 2020: While we still encourage safe exploration of the Chautauqua grounds and patronage of our businesses throughout the fall and winter, Chautauqua will not host Winter Village festivities this coming holiday season. Bestor Plaza and other areas on the grounds will be decorated and illuminated to the extent we are able with our limited in-house team. We look forward to welcoming our residents and regional neighbors back in 2021.




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This summer at Chautauqua Institution, celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture with a festival of folk featuring two back to back evenings of live performances in the Amphitheater from returning Chautauqua favorites Our Native Daughters with Rhiannon Giddens, and Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo”. Our Native Daughters will take the Amphitheater stage on Thursday, June 25, followed by Fleck and Washburn on Friday, June 26.


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Our Native Daughters (featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Friday, July 26, 2019

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Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project
Foreword by Naomi Shihab Nye

Speak a Powerful Magic Wick amazonThis beautiful and moving book, featuring a representative collection of Traveling Stanzas poetry illustrations, celebrates the tenth anniversary of this award-winning community arts project. Launched in 2009 as a collaboration between Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and Professor Valora Renicker’s visual communication design students, Traveling Stanzas pairs poems with striking graphic designs. The resulting images, in both print and digital forms, have been featured in galleries, in community spaces, in interactive media, and on regional and national mass transit. Speak a Powerful Magic features poems by schoolchildren, immigrants and refugees, patients and caregivers, and veterans, alongside the work of well-known contemporary American poets, and it demonstrates that poetry is truly of the people. We turn to poetry to give voice to what is troubling us, to honor what we love, to make sense of our lives, to remember our past, and to commemorate what we’ve lost. Here, it becomes clear that poetry, especially when coupled with the visual arts, has the potential to broaden our understanding and bring people together in ways that more traditional communications simply cannot.

While the eye is drawn to the colors, lines, and images of these graphic representations, we are rewarded with far deeper meanings by reading the poetry gathered in this book. Speak a Powerful Magic demonstrates that there is a place for poetry even among those who think they have no interest in it, that there is space for conversation beyond our normal divisions, and that our human responses are more common than not.

Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with the Wick Poetry Center in bringing poetry to everyday lives. Speak a Powerful Magic includes two poems created in workshops with the Wick Poetry Center staff in Chautauqua County Schools. The Wick Poetry Center’s work, methodologies and proprietary technology are featured in Chautauqua’s Poetry Makerspace, open to all during the summer assembly season, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m. on weekdays in Hultquist Center First Floor (under the awning).

About the Wick Poetry Center
The Wick Poetry Center encourages new voices by promoting opportunities for individuals and communities locally, regionally, and nationally. Wick engages emerging and established poets and poetry audiences through readings, publications, workshops, and scholarship opportunities. Founded in 1984, the Center was established by Robert Wick, a sculptor and former art department faculty member at Kent State University, and his brother, Walter Wick, in memory of their sons Stan (1962–1980) and Tom (1956–1973). 

CLSC Young Readers and Book Launch: "Speak a Powerful Magic"

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Teaching artists Charles Malone (Wick Poetry Center) and Sony Ton-Aime (Chautauqua Literary Arts graduate fellow) will share selections from the Speak A Powerful Magic poetry anthology, as well as writing prompts that inspired some of the poems in the book. Attendees will engage in these same writing exercises and leave speaking powerful magic of their own! Speak a Powerful Magic includes poems created by Chautauqua County school students from Jamestown and Clymer schools.

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CHQ Literary Arts Lecture: "The Role of the Poet," Shara McCallum

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Chautauqua Literary Arts Lecture:"The Role of the Poet," Shara McCallum poet-in-residence. The lecture will be followed by a reception to celebrate Speak a Powerful Magic, the new poetry anthology from Kent State University featuring poetry created by Chautauqua County high school students from Jamestown and Clymer schools.

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July 7–11, 2019   

The CHQ Olympics will take place during Week Three — Sunday, July 7, to Thursday, July 11. Teams of four to six people of all ages will compete in a variety of activities — intellectual, physical, artistic, and just plain silly. Some activities will be competitive, with points awarded to teams in the top three finishing positions; points are awarded in other activities for team participation only.

Teams are encouraged to complete five or more CHQ Olympics activities in order to qualify for medals. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to teams earning the top three numbers of total points.

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Kick Off Carnival on Sunday, July 7

Tye Dye | Noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Bestor Plaza

Carnival Games | Noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Bestor Plaza

Bounce House | Noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Bestor Plaza


Closing Ceremonies on Thursday, July 11

Selection of Games and Activities | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Bestor Plaza

Creation Station: Sculpt A Medal | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Bestor Plaza

Inflatable Obstacle Course | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Bestor Plaza

Points Presentation | 5:30 p.m.. Thursday, Bestor Plaza


Every Day Free Play

Lawn Games | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, Bestor Plaza

Jumbo Games | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, Bestor Plaza

Poetry Makerspace | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, Hultquist Center

Hidden Poetry Around the Grounds | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Wednesday

Choose Your Own Wellness Adventure  | All day Sunday–Thursday, Location: Everywhere

Timeless Classic (play a board or card game) | Sunday–Thursday, Time & Location: Participant's choice

Creation Station (a daily arts activity) | Date and Time TBA, Bestor Plaza

Minute to Win it Games | Date and Time TBA, Bestor Plaza

STEM Challenges | Date and Time TBA, Bestor Plaza

Chautauqua Scavenger Hunts | TBA


Every Day Pick-a-Play (Fees may apply)

Paddle Boarding | 1–3 p.m. Monday–Thursday & Noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Sailing Center

Kayaking | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday & 1–5 p.m. Sunday, Sports Club

Sailing | 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday & Noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Sailing Center

Lap Swimming | 6 a.m.–1 p.m.; 4:30–7 p.m. Monday–Friday & Noon–3 p.m. Sunday, Turner Pool

Lawn Bowling | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday & 1–5 p.m. Sunday, Sports Club (Must be 14 or accompanied by an adult)

Shuffleboard | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday & 1–5 p.m. Sunday, Sports Club (Must be 12 or accompanied by an adult)


Organized Play

Beach-to-Beach Color Sprint | 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Sports Club

Children's Bounce House | Noon–2 p.m. Sunday and Noon-2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday, Bestor Plaza

Scavenger Hunt | 1 p.m. Monday, Sports Club

Kayaking Paddles and Popsicles | 2–6 p.m. Tuesday, Sports Club


Competitive Events

Inflatable Swan Race | 4–6 p.m. Monday, Children's Beach

Blindfolded Partner Putt | 4–5 p.m. Tuesday, Golf Learning Center

Inflatable Obstacle Course | Noon–2 p.m. & 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Bestor Plaza

July 8–13, 2018   



The 2018 CHQ Olympics took place during Week Three — Sunday, July 8, to Friday, July 13. Teams of four to six people of all ages competed in a variety of activities — intellectual, physical, artistic, and just plain silly. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to teams earning the top three numbers of total points. Individual prizes were awarded for teams or team members winning the competitive events.

Final Results

Overall Finishes

Gold Medal Team:  Only Ship Worth a Darn is Friendship       

  1. Matt McDowell,
  2. Matt Taylor,
  3. Candace Debnam,
  4. Rachael Debnam,
  5. Maggie McDowell,
  6. Lo DeWalt

Silver Medal Team:  Team Sabaaba

  1. Ilan Berko
  2. Tali BarShalom
  3. Zev Berko
  4. Yael Berko
  5. Lavi Berko
  6. Arielle Berko

Bronze Medal:  Soccer Stars

  1. Paul Kindred
  2. Branden Kindred
  3. Nicolas Kindred
  4. Cindy Kindred

Competitive Event Winners

  1. Corn Hole 12PM: Lone Rangers- Margie McClure, Ray Downey (2 Cards)
  1. Corn Hole 4PM: Colorado Hotshots- Roger Furhmeyer and Bob Lee (2 Cards)
  1. Blindfolded Longest Drive: The Aughenbaughs (1 Card)
  1. Bannanagrams: Only Ship Worth a Darn is Friendship (1 Card)
  1. Inflatable Swan Race: 200 South (2 Cards)
  1. Obstacle Course: Team HV!- Hayden Meyerson and Imogene Meyerson (2 Cards)

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5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed July 12, 2017

I always struggle to explain CHQ to people. The institution has a beautiful campus - the houses are adorable, the shops and different buildings are all so architecturally different. Right on the water, complete with lighthouse, it's adorable. But the real gem are the lectures. I've never been in a group of people so motivated to learn and be engaged. The classes they offer throughout the week are amazing. I couldn't recommend coming to this place more.

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Institution to welcome Diversity Fellows through new Cincinnati partnerships

Chautauqua 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. Through the new partnership, up to five fellows will be selected each year from within the Cincinnati Diversity Fellowship Program to participate in an eight-week summer residency at Chautauqua, beginning with the 2018 season.

“Inclusiveness — of race, gender, sexuality, ideas — is the Chautauqua ideal. We aim to be a leading force in evolving the field of symphony orchestras by diversifying the makeup of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and investing in inclusion,” said Deborah Sunya Moore, vice president of performing and visual arts at Chautauqua Institution. “By making it a priority to help musicians from underrepresented communities early in their careers, the Institution hopes to be instrumental in their ability to compete for and win jobs in American orchestras. Diversity in the arts changes lives not only for the artist but also for audiences.”

Launched in 2015 with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cincinnati Diversity Fellowship Program is open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. Fellows perform the equivalent of five weeks per season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra while enrolled in a two-year Master of Music or Artist Diploma degree program at CCM. Each class of fellows is selected through a rigorous series of auditions by hundreds of graduate-level musicians for CCM faculty members.

As many as five Cincinnati Diversity Fellows will be selected annually to participate in the summer residency with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with frequent performance opportunities in the Institution’s 4,400-seat Amphitheater. The fellows will be mentored by the orchestra’s professional musicians, who come to Chautauqua each summer from a variety of home ensembles around the world. In addition, fellows will mentor minority student musicians in Chautauqua’s Music School Festival Orchestra, and offer performances designed to engage the broader Chautauqua community. Chautauqua Diversity Fellows will be provided housing and receive a stipend to offset their expenses.

“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM are determined to advance diversity on orchestra stages and this new partnership will provide a significant boost to efforts both here and at the Chautauqua Institution,” said Jonathan Martin, president of the orchestra. “We are so pleased to now be working together with them in addition to CCM, on this important initiative.”

According to CCM Interim Dean bruce mcclung, “The Chautauqua Institution partnership provides the opportunity for our fellows to continue playing alongside and being mentored by professional musicians during the summer months, thereby enhancing the experience-based education that is at the heart of the Cincinnati Diversity Fellowship program.”

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February 2, 2018

Dear Chautauquans,

We write to share information about efforts underway to repair the console, the control desk, of the 1907 Massey Memorial Organ. The console was damaged recently due to a leak caused by ice and snowmelt at the Amphitheater. Knowing that many members of the Chautauqua community and, indeed, generations of families cherish the sounds of our iconic organ as a centerpiece of their Chautauqua experience, we share the following information to both inform you of the problem and assure you of our collaborative work plan to address it.

While any threat to a resource such as this is troubling, we are confident in the team that is working toward the repair of the console and will continue to keep you informed of the progress as steps proceed this spring. Thankfully, the beloved Massey Organ, its pipework and the essential systems contained within the organ chamber itself, is completely unaffected. The damage, and the focus of this update, is to the console (keyboard and housing).

With best regards and gratitude for your attention, understanding and support,

Michael E. Hill

Jared Jacobsen
Organist and Coordinator of Worship and Sacred Music

Massey Organ Console Damage Report and Restoration Plan

During a routine inspection in late January, Chautauqua Institution personnel discovered water damage to the console of the Massey Memorial Organ, apparently caused by a leak from snowmelt during a stretch of warmer temperatures following a period of heavy snow, freezing and sub-zero temperatures. (The console is the unit with keys and stops that the organist plays from the stage.) As is our usual practice, the organ console was stored for the winter in its backstage Amphitheater compartment, with power maintained to its internal computers and moisture-removing damp chasers, under a protective covering (not waterproof, to prevent condensation). Between routine inspections, the most recent occurring one week prior, meltwater leaked into the compartment, permeating the protective covering into the console and its four keyboards.

At the time of discovery, Chautauqua staff removed the console from its compartment and immediately notified Paul Fischer of the Fischer Organ Company. Paul along with his son, Mark, led the Erie, Pennsylvania-based team who restored the entire 1907 instrument in the early 1990s. The pair has guided the organ's maintenance since. Following an on-site inspection, Paul Fischer reported extensive damage to the console's ivory keyboards and to the combination pistons and drawknob stop controls. The cherrywood and walnut console is largely the result of the early-’90s organ restoration; the keyboards date to 1972 and were incorporated into the current unit. The Massey is the largest of the four outdoor pipe organs extant around the world.

In consultation with the Fischers and longtime organist Jared Jacobsen, Chautauqua Institution is taking the following steps with the goal of returning the restored and fully functional console to the Amphitheater in time for the launch of the 2018 season:

  • The manual keyboards will be removed and restored by specialists in that field. Since ivory is no longer used in such restorations, a suitable alternative material (now regarded among industry standards) will be installed. The Fischers and Jared Jacobson will oversee this process.
  • The console itself, including the state-of-the-art computers and electronics it houses, which we believe to be unharmed, will be evaluated and serviced by the company helmed by Mark Fischer.

Chautauqua personnel, in consultation with building and design contractors, are investigating the cause of the leak and will implement solutions as well as additional electronic monitoring and inspection protocols to prevent such damage from happening again or elsewhere in the facility. We have confirmed this is an isolated problem and no other parts of the facility have experienced ice or water damage.

The timeline for this plan calls for the restored console to be returned the Amphitheater no later than mid- June. With the guidance of Paul and Mark Fischer and Jared Jacobsen, we are investigating temporary organ solutions should the repairs take longer than projected.

The costs for the restoration are not yet determined, but we expect they will be covered by a combination of insurance and the Institution's capital maintenance budget.

We will provide subsequent updates as information becomes available through the pre-season period via email and at this page on Chautauqua Institution's website. Should you have questions about this message, please send an email to the address above right and we will do our best to provide a response as soon as possible. In addition, from these questions and answers, we will curate a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers list that will be posted to this page.


As a community whose origins span nearly a century and a half, Chautauqua Institution welcomes to its historic grounds thousands of returning and new guests (referred to as Chautauquans) each year. Time-honored traditions and an endearing “shorthand” of our own contribute to the distinctive character of the Chautauqua experience. Below is a brief guide to help new visitors navigate their Chautauqua experience. 

The Amp: Short for the open-air Amphitheater, our biggest venue and stage for worship, lectures, shows and performances, and community gatherings. The Amp has a total capacity of 6,000, with seating for 4,500 on traditional wooden benches (consider bringing a seat cushion!).

Bestor Plaza: Chautauqua’s front lawn and town square, a popular free-form public space for family picnics, conversation, games and leisure.

Brick walk: The primary pedestrian artery for navigating the Chautauqua grounds. Most of the Institution’s primary performance venues and community gathering spaces fall along these paths. If you’re on a brick walk, chances are you’ll find your destination.

Chautauquan (sha-TAW-quin): How we refer to one another, whether your family has owned property and visited Chautauqua every year since its founding, or you are experiencing Chautauqua for the first time.

Club: Short for Boys’ and Girls’ Club, our popular day camp for children entering grades 2–10.

CSO: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

The Daily: Short for The Chautauquan Daily, the official daily newspaper of Chautauqua Institution. The Daily is essential for navigating the dozens of programs offered each day.

The grounds: How we refer to Chautauqua Institution’s lakeside campus.

Hall of Philosophy: A Parthenon-like outdoor venue and unique space to take part in a lecture or worship service. Capacity under the roof is limited, so attendees often bring a blanket or chair to sit and listen from the adjacent grove.

Old First Night: Chautauqua’s birthday, celebrated each year on the first Tuesday in August to honor the start date of the first Chautauqua assembly in 1874. All-day festivities include a traditional evening ceremony, family-friendly entertainment, and cake — plus a popular annual 2.7-mile road race the preceding Saturday,

Q-and-A: A hallmark of Chautauqua programs. Nearly all public lectures end with an extended audience question-and-answer session with the presenter(s). Ushers will provide paper notepads for questions in the Amp, or submit questions on Twitter #CHQ2018.

Weeks and themes: Chautauqua’s nine-week summer season is divided by week into nine separate themes framing topics for deep discussion. Those staying for extended periods often refer to weeks by their number within the season (Week Four, etc.). 

The YAC: Short for Youth Activities Center, a popular gathering place for young Chautauquans for food, games and YACtivities.


The way dancers move tells a story, crafted by the beauty of the human form. Pending the approval of performance offerings on-grounds during the 2021 Summer Assembly Season, CI Arts Education will present a remote learning Field Trip experience, based on the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s Spring Gala performance in the Chautauqua Amphitheater. The CRYB is the region’s premier school of classical ballet, preparing young dancers to join the ranks of professional dancers in companies all around the nation. Students will enjoy video of portions of the performance and be invited to join in the music and movements themselves in their classrooms or at home.


To learn more about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, please visit www.cryb.net.

Chautauqua Opera Invasion will be taking an intermission during the 2020-2021 school year. CI Arts Education is hoping to offer this program again in the 2021-2022 school year – so stay tuned to this space!

Students get up-close and personal with Chautauqua Opera Company Young Artists as they visit elementary classrooms for arts-integrated lessons linking together opera and social emotional learning, then perform for the entire student body. Students will also get to find out if they can sing louder than on opera singer – and some will even get to star in the show.

Chautauqua Opera Invades Southwestern School
The Post-Journal, June 9, 2018

Chautauqua 'Opera Invasions' Set To Visit Area Schools
The Post-Journal, June 6, 2019


Sample Curriculum Guide: Chautauqua Opera Invasion


Sample Classroom Visit Script: Chautauqua Opera Invasion

Athenaeum Hotel
3 South Lake Drive
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-4444


Bellinger Hall
77 Hedding Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6241


Bratton Theater
35 Pratt Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6233


Brawdy Theater Studios
67 Hurst Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6233


Chautauqua Amphitheater
31 Roberts Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6250


Chautauqua Bookstore
67 Bestor Plaza
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-2151


Chautauqua Boys' and Girls' Club
63 South Lake Drive
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6295


Chautauqua Golf Club
4731 West Lake Road
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 357-6211


Chautauqua Institution 
1 Ames Avenue 
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6250


Chautauqua Institution School of Art
19 Prospect Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 836-2787


Chautauqua Institution Vistors' Center
10 Roberts Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6490


Chautauqua Police Department
7 Massey Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6225


Children's School
26 Hurst Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6250


CLSC Veranda
18 Miller Avenue,
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6293


The Colonnade
1 Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6200


Hall of Philosophy
1 Haven Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6250


Heirloom Restaurant
3 South Lake Drive
Mayville, NY, 14722
(716) 357-4444


Hultquist Center
19 Miller Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6348


Jane A. Gross Opera Center
1 West Lake Road
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 357-6286


Main Gate Welcome Center
1 Massey Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6250


Norton Hall
33 Pratt Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6286


Oliver Archives Center
52 South Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6332


The Smith Memorial Library
21 Miller Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6296


Turner Community Center
4840 West Lake Road
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
(716) 357-6430


(Chautauqua, N.Y.) — A local partnership team consisting of Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Public Schools and the Chautauqua Lake Central School District  has been named among 10 new inductees in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. Leaders from the three institutions will attend the 14th Partners in Education Institute from April 27 to April 30. The Institute promotes partnerships between arts organizations and local schools in communities across the nation, focusing on the development of education programs for teachers. The Chautauqua County team joins teams from Carmel, California; Naples, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Mason City, Iowa; Flint, Michigan; Wilmington, North Carolina; Wooster, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas, as new inductees. 

“We are elated to be recognized by the Kennedy Center and to build upon Chautauqua Institution’s  engagement with local schools,” said Deborah Sunya Moore, vice president and director of programming at Chautauqua Institution, who has also served as a National Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center since 2008. “Through this and projects like the Young Playwrights Project and arts-integrated residencies for students with and without disabilities, the Institution is committed to being an arts education resource in the lives of Chautauqua County children and their families. The goal for this partnership was set two years ago as a result of the Institution's strategic plan which outlined a desire to reach our community beyond the summer season and beyond the gates. Working with superintendents Ben Spitzer and Tim Mains has been an honor and I'm excited about our joint future in serving children through the arts." 

“We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Chautauqua Institution and to benefit from the staff development available through the Kennedy Center,” said Tim O. Mains, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. “By feeding our teachers new ideas and approaches, we will nourish the students they serve.” 

“The Chautauqua Lake Central School District is extremely fortunate to have a well-developed, long-standing and vibrant relationship with Chautauqua Institution,” said Benjamin Spitzer, superintendent of CLCS. “This latest partnership moves the needle from excellent to outstanding, as we bring in the expertise and unique perspective of the Kennedy Center. We are very excited to take this journey together with Chautauqua Institution and our new partners in Jamestown.” 

While at the Kennedy Center, each team develops a plan customized to their community for the partners to establish or expand arts-based professional development programs for teachers. Teams receive a detailed planning guide, attend performances, and meet with national education leaders and guest artists while at the Kennedy Center. The new teams will join the current 95 teams from 41 states and the District of Columbia already participating in the Partners in Education program, now in its 25th year. At the Institute, participants will examine the variety of educational offerings for teachers developed and refined at the Kennedy Center since 1976. 

The newly selected teams met the criteria for selection by effectively demonstrating the potential for the arts organization and school system to commence or further grow programs for teachers and the stated commitment by both partners to collaborate on developing programs. 

Since its establishment in 1972, the Kennedy Center’s Education Division believes the inclusion of the performing arts in a broad-based curriculum improves the quality of a child’s educational experience. The Kennedy Center’s Education Division is committed to its leadership role in promoting higher standards of national performing arts education programs and policy. For more information about the participating teams and the Partners in Education program, visit kennedy-center.org/partners



Chautauqua, New York 
Chautauqua Institution 
Chautauqua Lake Central School District 
Jamestown Public Schools 

Carmel, California 
Sunset Cultural Center Inc. 
North Monterey County Unified School District 

Naples, Florida 
Artis – Naples 
Collier County Public Schools 

Pensacola, Florida 
Pensacola Opera 
Escambia County School District 

Mason City, Iowa 
North Iowa Area Community College Performing Arts and Leadership Series 
Mason City Community School District  

Flint, Michigan 
The Whiting 
Swartz Creek Community Schools 

Wilmington, North Carolina 
UNCW – Office of the Arts 
New Hanover County Schools 

Wooster, Ohio 
Wayne Center for the Arts 
Tri-County Educational Service Center  

Houston, Texas 
Alley Theatre 
Fort Bend Independent School District 

San Antonio, Texas 
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 
North East Independent School District 


The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit CHQ and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. Smithsonian magazine named CHQ the No. 1 “Best Small Town to Visit in 2014” in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. 





The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

The Chautauqua Amphitheater — the “Amp” — functions as our community’s most important place for assembly around arts, culture, and worship. During the 2016–17 off-season, Chautauqua Institution rebuilt this essential facility, renewing the Amp to meet the community’s needs for the next 100 years.

June 16 2017 Amphitheater Photos (click to enlarge)

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    The Chautauqua Institution Archives is both an Institution repository and a collection repository.

    The parent, the Chautauqua Institution, is supported by a records management program which allows the repository to receive records directly. The Archives also builds its holdings through the acquisition of papers, records and artifacts from sources that are not administratively affiliated with the Institution.

    The mission of the Chautauqua Institution Archives is to identify, organize, preserve and protect the printed, microfilmed, taped, photographic and other records, and selected artifacts and museum pieces to add to the general and scholarly understanding of the Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Movement.

    The Chautauqua Institution Archives staff assists the public throughout the year. Please stop in the research room of the Archives and explore Chautauqua's history. Researchers and inquiries should be directed to the Oliver Archives Center.

    Heritage Lecture Series

    Each season, Chautauqua Institution Archives also presents its Heritage Lecture Series, which combines the research of Archives staff with notable historians and Chautauqua scholars in order to explore the rich history of Chautauqua and its effect on American culture. View the Heritage Lecture Series schedule.

    Chautauqua Property Owners House History Project

    The Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Property Owners Association are updating the existing inventory of historical resources in our community.

    The houses of Chautauqua tell a remarkable story. The story of our homes has almost continuously changed and evolved. Have you ever wondered who built your house and how and why it was used? And, if modifications were made, why and when were they done, and what exactly was changed?

    Although there is a file in the archives with the address of your house, there is often scant information beyond the history of the title changes. However, many current homeowners have a good sense of the story of their homes. We are hoping to fill in some of the blanks before even more of the stories are lost.

    We are interested in any information you would like to share about yourselves and the current use of your house. We are, after all, merely stewards of the fabric of this amazing place. Years from now, the new owners will be fascinated by your story. In addition, we are asking all homeowners who are planning a modification to describe their plans and the planning process. What is being modified, and why are you proposing this change?

    We would also be interested in any information you can share about the history of your house. Please fill out this brief questionnaire.

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    Residencies consist of weekly classes over the course of several weeks, allowing students to connect deeply with the creative process of arts learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, residencies have been developed to be delivered both in-person and remotely, adapting the program to school needs and safety protocols.

    Two such residencies are available to select Chautauqua County students, with a focus on serving students with disabilities. Sing Me a Story focuses on the integration of vocal and instrumental music and stories, with an end goal of increased musical involvement and reading comprehension. Feelin’ the Beat integrates music learning with social emotional skill development through drumming. This VSA program is provided in 2020-21 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is newly supported this year by The Children’s Guild Foundation.

    Generous support is provided for this program by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

    Sample Sing Me a Story Lesson Plan

    In the 2020-2021 school year, the Visual Arts Gallery Field Trips will be re-conceiving this experience for remote delivery to best serve school needs. Students will view video presentations and guided online lessons in which they learn about the art and artists that will be featured in the CVA Galleries during the 2021 Summer Assembly Season. Students will also be encouraged to create art using the same process that the featured artists use, inviting them to share their works with the CVA staff either remotely, or by visiting the CVA Galleries themselves during the summer.

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    Area Students Engage in Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

    The Post-Journal, June 20, 2017



    Visual Arts Galleries Open Early to Give Area Youth a Sneak Peek

    The Chautauquan Daily, June 25, 2016

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    Girls in Gallery 2016

    Each season Chautauqua Institution offers opportunities for a few families with limited incomes, who have never been to Chautauqua in the past, to enjoy a first-time one-week Chautauqua experience. Funded through Chautauqua Foundation endowments, scholarships cover costs such as Institution gate passes, tuition for Special Studies classes, children’s activities (Children’s School or Boys’ and Girls’ Club) and housing rental. Awards require residency on the Chautauqua grounds for one full week.

    Family Scholarship Program awards will be determined in the spring, based on reviews of the programmatic and financial information outlined in the application. Approximately one month before the opening of the Chautauqua season, each family will submit a final plan of activities selected from the current season’s program.

    Any family interested in obtaining a Family Scholarship Program application should contact Rindy Barmore at 716-357-6222 or

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    Was the Amp ready for the 2017 season?

    Yes, the Institution received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy that covered all 2017 season programming in advance of June 24, our opening day. In fact, as is tradition, Jamestown High School held its commencement in the Amp on June 22.

    How much will the project cost?

    The total final project cost is expected to be $41.5 million, funded entirely through philanthropic support.

    How many people can the new Amp accommodate?

    The new Amp sas a seating capacity of approximately 4,400, all under cover of the roof. With standing room included, the total capacity of the new facility is estimated at 6,363. This is 20 percent more seating under the roof, and overall a 13 percent increase in total capacity over the previous facility.

    How much bigger is the new Amp?

    The wings of the roof extend 15 feet farther than the previous Amp to protect more seating from the elements. The height of the roof's peak and western gable remain the same. The back-of-house is a significantly larger structure, to accommodate greatly enhanced and expanded star and group dressing rooms, storage areas, and offices for our production crews.

    What are the major noticeable enhancements?

    The new Amp features an expanded stage, orchestra pit with mechanical lift, improved sightlines, more comfortable seating (see below), improved accessibility (see below) and more seating, all under the roof (see below).


    What is the condition of the Massey Organ?

    The Massey Organ and its chamber were completely preserved and incorporated into the new facility. We worked with the same consultants who have cared for the organ for decades to ensure it was ready for the 2017 season.


    What is the new Amp’s hearing assistance system?

    Click here for information on Assistive Listening Services.

    How does the new Amp improve accessibility?

    The new Amp offers enhanced physical access for people with mobility challenges, whether they are in wheelchairs, use walkers or canes, or simply have difficulty walking and climbing. The facility features 100 accessible seats with 100 companion seats; four wheelchair-accessible locations (one on each level); and code-compliant access entering and exiting the bowl, with increased aisle width, code-compliant steps, and bench-to-bench alignment and spacing. The Amp’s six main entrances (two at the floor level and four around the outside of the bowl) all remain unchanged and accessible. Accessibility to the stage and in the backstage areas is also greatly improved. Click below to view the accessible areas on both Amp levels.

    Stage Level     Choir Loft Level

    Why steps and not ramps on the sides of the bowl?

    In order to use ramps, ADA standards would have required the Amp to have ramps with a much more gradual slope (1’:12’) than existed in the previous facility (1’:3’), plus a platform for every 30 inches of rise. The new Amp features ADA-compliant steps with a “two-step and platform-at-the-bench” configuration and handrails in the center of each aisle.


    Where are the restrooms?

    On the floor level, new ADA-compliant restrooms are part of the back-of-house facility, but both will be accessed from the south-side entrance (exit house right). The restrooms adjacent to the Smith Memorial Library remain unchanged.

    Is there still a “back porch” for meet-and-greets?

    Yes. The back porch is an important community space for shaking hands with chaplains, speakers and artists — we are pleased to welcome audiences to a much-improved space this summer. Access to these meet-and-greets is limited, as before.

    Is there still an information gazebo?

    Yes, for 2017 we are using the existing gazebo in a similar location. Plans are in the works for a new structure to be constructed next off-season.

    What are the benches made of? Are they more comfortable?

    The ergonomically improved benches — much better for sitting for long periods — are still be made of wood and painted the traditional Chautauqua cream. Installation of the permanent benches is occuring in phases. The permanent benches are being supplemented by temporary benches, including some of the former Amp benches, until all 7,000 linear feet of the new custom-crafted benches are completed and installed. 

    Does Preferred seating work the same way?

    The only change to seating in the Amp is the splitting of the Preferred section into Preferred 1 and Preferred 2 — this section will occupy approximately the same footprint of floor seating as in previous seasons. These changes are in response to increased audience demand for reserved seating at popular performances.

    What is the ceiling made of? Is it still curved?

    The new ceiling is made of a similar but longer-lasting V-board composite material, painted the traditional Chautauqua cream. Our design team made sure to retain its signature curve, and also reflected that curve in the design of the third-floor windows in the back-of-house building. 

    Are the acoustics the same?

    Based on our acousticians’ analysis, the new Amp features the same terrific acoustic quality, if not slightly improved.

    How are sight lines improved?

    The new Amp features half the number of large interior pillars, an increased rake for floor seating and an orchestra pit that keeps instruments from blocking views to the stage during dance and opera performances.


    What does the landscaping look like?

    Our own Gardens & Landscapes crew began work around the Amphitheater site this spring and is continuing this work through the summer. Plans include native plantings, rain gardens to collect and slow down stormwater runoff, and planting trees. Click here to view a draft landscape plan.

    Will you be replacing Peters Bridge?

    At this time, we do not have a plan to replace Peters Bridge. We plan to observe the flow of pedestrians and other traffic in the back-of-house area this summer in consultation with a wayfinding expert.

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    If you are having trouble fining the answer to your question please let us know so we can further assist you.

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