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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Carolina Youth Symphony

2011 Organization Award

 The Greenville-based Carolina Youth Symphony has served as an educational symphonic program for students in South Carolinaís Upstate and western North Carolina. For the past 54 years, CYS has educated thousands of students who have either gone on to careers in music or developed a boundless appreciation of symphonic music. The programís goal is to nurture performers and teachers while building a strong base for the future of symphonic supporters. The organization focuses not only on musical experiences of the highest artistic caliber, but also on providing an environment that nurtures character development, discipline, commitment and responsibility in each student. CYS is an inclusive program that provides an orchestral experience for students whose schools do not have similar programs. Each year, more than 200 students participate in one of three orchestras and perform 10 concerts in various venues, including universities, performing arts venues, arts events, fundraisers and more. The CYS performed in the prestigious Carnegie Hall for the fourth time in 2010.