Through a unique mix of professional and pre-professional programs, Chautauqua celebrates, encourages and studies the fine and performing arts in a community where artists and audiences live together as one. The artistic diversity that is Chautauqua Institution includes the 74-member Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, drawing professional musicians from around the world for 21 concerts during the summer season.
Chautauqua Opera Company, the oldest continuously producing summer opera company in the United States, builds on its rich history with both professional performances and the education of young singers on the verge of careers in opera.
Chautauqua Theater Company brings together internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers with 18 emerging artists to produce a vibrant summer of work.
The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution extends throughout the Chautauqua community with professional and student exhibitions in two renovated gallery facilities, a lecture series and special events.
The Chautauqua Dance program presents classical and contemporary ballet as well as modern dance performances by the North Carolina Dance Theatre in residence and Chautauqua’s renowned School of Dance. The Chautauqua Music Festival — designated an All-Steinway Music Festival — provides a unique learning experience for students from around the world to study in the school’s instrumental, voice and piano programs.
Along with popular entertainment and family performances in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater and the Logan Chamber Music series in the intimate setting of Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, Chautauqua provides an atmosphere that makes the performance a truly educational experience for all ages.