Chattanooga (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera recently held a successful fundraising dinner for the CSO String Project.

The CSO Board Education Committee, chaired by Gail Chapman, raised $3000.00 this year for two new double basses for the CSO Youth Orchestras.

The main project of the committee for the last two seasons has been to raise money for the purchase and repair of string instruments in local public schools and the CSO Youth Orchestras.

The CSO String Project strengthens string education for area children, including 200 talented CSO Youth Orchestra musicians, through purchase of instruments, instrument repair and a pilot string program in Alpine Crest Elementary School.

The CSO String Project is part of CSO Education & Outreach programs that impact over 20,000 children each year.

More information about the CSO Education & Outreach programs can be found at