There will be short placement auditions for chamber music groups during the first couple days of the program. There is no special repertoire required, just be prepared with a piece you are familiar with.

Chamber Music is scheduled for all sections of the orchestra in two distinct phases. The first phase is with faculty coaches between weeks 2 to 4, and the second phase is with faculty and guest coaches and different repertoire between weeks 5 to 6.At the end of each phase every group will perform part of the studied repertoire on a public recital.  Chamber groups often include students from our voice and piano program.

The second chamber music phase is intense. During this period no orchestral rehearsals are scheduled. String players, including basses, will be placed in either a quartet or in a string chamber music orchestra. Woodwinds and some Horn players will be coached and coordinated by Diana Haskell in a combination of trios, quintets and octets. Scott Hartman will coordinate the entire brass section during this phase. Each group will be coached daily until it is scheduled for public performance during week 6. There is also a percussion residency led by Michael Burritt during this phase with a performance culminating at the end. 

Chamber music is chaired by Arie Lipsky.


Deadline: March 1, 2018 • Fee (USD): $62.00

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The Conducting Fellowship is awarded to a gifted student pursuing a career in conducting. The applicant must be enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last year) from a graduate conducting program. Timothy Muffitt will guide the studies of the conducting fellow and the conducting fellow will lead the Music School Festival Orchestra (MSFO) on a number of works. The conducting fellow also is involved in chamber music as well and is welcome to observe the rehearsals of our resident professional orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The concert dates for the MSFO are scheduled for July 2, July 9, July 18 (joint performance with the CSO), July 23, August 6 and August 13.

A stipend of $2000 will be awarded after the completion of the first MSFO concert in July. The conducting fellow will also receive a single room in the residence halls and a full meal plan as part of the contract agreement. There is also a $500 travel allowance awarded as well once the fellow has been selected.

2017 Conducting Fellow

Tong Rebecca MSFO

Rebecca Tong

A native Indonesian of Chinese descent, Tong is the Resident Conductor of the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra.  She finished her Masters in orchestral conducting at College – Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA under Mark Gibson. This past season, she was the CCM Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and acting as the Assistant Conductor for Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer, she has been chosen as the recipient of David Effron Conducting Fellowship for the 2017 Chautauqua Institution working together with Timothy Muffitt and the Music School Festival Orchestra.

She was the assistant conductor of the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra from 2009 – 2012 and during her appointment in Jakarta, she worked with many international musicians including Jahja Ling (former music director of San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Lev Polyakin (former assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra), the Great Wall String Quartet, Jessie Chang, Jeff Thayer (concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Martha Aarons, Dr. Lewis Wong, prominent organist Chelsea Chen, and many more. The Jakarta Post called her “… the young addition for Indonesian classical music…”

Tong recently conducted a successful performance by CCM Philharmonia featuring Gustav Holst "The Planets" in collaboration with astronomer & visual artist - José Francisco Salgado from KV265 organization. In 2014, She did a full performance of Hansel & Gretel - an Opera by Humperdinck. The Music in Cincinnati wrote "Leading the 65-piece CCM Philharmonia in this performance was Rebecca Tong, who brought the lush score beautifully to life". In early 2014, Tong won 4th place at the London Conducting Competition during the London Conducting Masterclass under Achim Holub and attended opera and orchestral workshops with Neil Varon, Gustav Meier, Leon Fleisher, Mark Gibson, Roberto Paternostro, and John Farrer.

In 2011, Tong founded and was the conductor of Jakarta Christian Youth Orchestra. She also served as music faculty of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary from 2009 – 2012.  Growing up in a musical family, she always listened and discovered new things within the music itself. Making music together as a community has been the goal in her life.


“CHQ was one of the great musical experiences of my life. I know of no other summer program in which one can conduct so much, work with such kind and talented peers, and perform regularly for as passionate and knowledgeable an audience as CHQ's. The most important aspect was being mentored by Timothy Muffitt, who is not only a gifted conductor but one of the kindest and most supportive conducting teachers I know. His guidance was an inspiration and helped me grow so much over eight weeks. I left CHQ a new musician and conductor, inspired and invigorated by the experience, and prepared to tackle new challenges in the profession.”


– Dean Whiteside, 2015 Conducting Fellow

“CHQ is truly unique. You grow so much as a musician, an artist, but most of all as a humanitarian. You see how your discipline interacts in the larger scheme of our culture. As the conducting fellow, I cannot think of another place that provides so much hands on experience, so many performance opportunities, and such great musicians for a young conductor to perfect his craft. Of course, the guiding hand of Maestro Muffitt is what ties it all together, whose extraordinary mentoring has given me so many new tools as I continue in my career.”


– Louis Lohraseb, 2016 Conducting Fellow

As part of the curriculum we are pleased to offer our Symphony Sessions Series as a chance to further enhance the growth of all of our students. 

SYMPHONY SESSIONS (Rick Sherman, coordinator)

Symphony Session 1 
Week 2 (all winds, percussion, harp)
Open Audition Masterclass: Students bring 1-2 excerpts to play for faculty panel/student colleagues

Symphony Session 2 
Week 3 (all students)
The Psychology of Auditioning: panel discussion and Q & A

Symphony Session 3 
Week 5 (woodwinds and horns)
Open Masterclass on Mozart concerti

Symphony Session 4 
Week 4 (all winds, percussion, harp)
Open Audition Masterclass: Students bring 1-2 excerpts to play for faculty panel/student colleagues


CHQ’s School of Music is infused with a rich master class program that caters to each individual student. During the seven-week festival over 50 public master classes will be held and all students are encouraged to attend and learn technique from masters outside of their primary study.

Master classes are scheduled with distinguished visiting faculty and guest soloists with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

In recent years, visiting faculty have included: 
Richard Aaron (cello), Atar Arad (viola), Zuill Bailey (cello), Dmitri Berlinsky (violin), Thomas Booth (trumpet), Denis Brott (cello), Michael Burritt (percussion), Victor Danchenko (violin), Matthew Duvall (percussion), Heinz Fadle (trombone), Felice Farrell (cello), Josef Feigelson (cello), Marc Goldberg (bassoon), Scott Haigh (bass), Scott Hartman (trombone), Gary Hoffman (cello), Ilya Kaler (violin), Peter Kurau (horn), Owen Lee (bass), Chris Leuba (horn), Johannesburg Moser (cello), Paul Neubauer (viola), Sally O’Reilly (violin), Gustav Rivinius (cello), Carol Rodland (viola), Aaron Rosand (violin), Barrick Stees (bassoon), Almita Vamos (violin), Roland Vamos (viola), James Vandermark (bass), James Walker (flute), Peter Winograd (violin)


Masterclasses have also been given by various ensembles and chamber groups including:
Canadian Brass Ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Imani Wind Quintet

Student Handbook


Cost and Deposits

Cost Estimates

Living Costs

Residence Hall $750 
Security Deposit $100 (refundable)

Meal Plan
All meals (7 days) $1,080

Instructional Costs (includes full instruction costs, fitness center membership, registration fee, and gate ticket)
Instrumental Program $2,460

TOTAL: $4,290


Two deposits are required within seven days of admission into one of Chautauqua’s programs. Upon admission to the program, a placeholder or tuition deposit of $500 guarantees the student’s scholarship award, if any, and a place in the program. A security/music deposit of $100 is required of all students, including those on full scholarships. This deposit guarantees a student’s housing and is used to defray the cost of damage to dormitories or loss of or damage to other property.

Each instrumentalist receives six private lessons with a member of the faculty. Students are welcome to practice in our new air- conditioned cabins located on the campus.


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Timothy Muffitt, Artistic and Music Director

Music director and conductor, Baton Rouge Symphony and Lansing Symphony




Charles Berginc 

Charles BergincTrumpet*
Principal trumpet, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra



Bill Bernatis 

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Bill is the professor of horn at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as principal horn of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. While in CHQ, he serves as assistant principal horn. Bill's performing background includes a wealth of orchestral, chamber music, studio recording, and commercial experience. His teaching experience includes being professor of horn at Baylor University and Ithaca College before coming to UNLV.

Frederick Boyd 

Fred BoydBass Trombone
Charlotte (NC) Symphony; Carolina Brass



William Caballero

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A graduate from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Caballero studied under former members of the Boston Symphony. Early in his career, Caballero held Third Horn positions with the prestigious Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.
As an educator, Caballero has held teaching positions at Indiana University Bloomington, Rice University and Duquesne University. He has taught master classes at prestigious institutes including his alma mater New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, New World Symphony, and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories – as well as numerous others. Caballero currently chairs the Brass Department at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and is the current Associate Teaching Professor of Horn.
As Principal Horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 23 years running, William Caballero is one of today’s most respected French horn players. He has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony. His previous Principal Horn positions include the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Hartford Symphony.

Donna Dolson

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Donna lived in Japan for eighteen years, where she served as principal horn of the Osaka Century Orchestra. She was the principal horn with the New York City Opera Nat. Co., third horn of L'Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad L'Autonoma de la Universidad de Guadalajara, and Utility horn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. A student of Froydis Ree Wekre, Donna's teaching style is geared towards bringing out each student's best self.

Thompson Hanks 

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Former principal tuba, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; New York City Ballet Orchestra



Scott Hartman 

hartmanJTrombone, guest faculty
As a trombone soloist and with his various chamber ensembles, Scott Hartman has taught and played concerts in all fifty United States and throughout the world. Scott teaches trombone and chamber music at Yale University and is a member of Proteus7, Millennium Brass, the Yale Brass Trio, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the trombone quartet - Four of a Kind. His chamber music career started as a member of the Empire Brass.

Scott Hartman received his BM and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with CSO Principal Trombone, John Marcellus.

Roger Kaza 

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Principal horn, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; member, Chautauqua Wind Quintet. Roger Kaza rejoined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in the fall of 2009, after 14 years with the Houston Symphony. He was previously a member of the St. Louis Symphony horn section from 1983-95, and prior to that held positions in the Vancouver Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, where he was solo horn under John Williams.

As an educator, Kaza has served on the faculties of the University of Houston, Rice University, St. Louis Conservatory, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and has given master classes at the Eastman School, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and many others. Students from his years of teaching fill orchestral positions worldwide, including principal players in major U.S. symphonies, and chamber groups such as the Canadian Brass.

Eric Lindbloom

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Eric Lindblom is currently bass trombonist with the Helsingborg (Sweden) and Chautauqua Symphony orchestras and the instructor of trombone at the Malmo Academy of Music where he also leads the trombone choir. Prior to moving to Helsingborg he served as the bass trombonist of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons. Mr Lindblom is also an active chamber musician performing with the critically acclaimed Emerald Brass Quintet first prize winners of both the Fischoff and Summit Brass International competitions. He also serves on the faculty at the Ingesund College of Music in Arvika, Sweden and is the former vice president and a founding member of the Scandinavian Trombone Association. Mr. Lindblom received his degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Professor Dr. John Marcellus. 

Affiliation: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Malmo and Ingesunds Musikhogskolor (Sweden)

John Marcellus 

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Eastman Brass Quintet; faculty, Eastman School of Music



Mark Robbins 

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Mark Robbins is associate principal French horn with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and also performs as principal horn with the Seattle Opera, including performing the horn calls for Wagner's Ring Cycle. When the Ring Cycle is not being performed in Seattle, he spends his summers with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, and other orchestras on a number of occasions. Also a frequent performer of chamber music, he has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, and is a member of the Amacord Wind Quintet. He is an active horn teacher in the Seattle area.

Raymond Stewart 

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Tubaist Raymond Stewart performs regularly as a member of American Composers Orchestra, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and often appears on the Broadway stage in CHICAGO doubling string bass. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, BM from the University of Miami School of Music, and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers have included Toby Hanks, John Stevens, and additional studies with Carson Johnson, Dave Sporny, and Dan Perantoni.

Chris Wolf 


Originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, Chris Wolf now holds the position of Principal Trombonist with The Phoenix Symphony. Prior to joining the orchestra in September of 2011, he completed his Master's degree at The Juilliard School studying with former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Trombonist Per Brevig. He also holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, where he studied with trombonists from The National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. During the summers Chris also serves as Principal Trombonist for the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas and 2nd Trombonist for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York.

While in college Chris received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. In 2010 Chris was a solo competition winner at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival, and was the winner of the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition in 2011. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching too many sitcoms on Netflix.


Other members of the CSO serve as adjunct faculty if requested by students. A complete listing of faculty is emailed to all admitted students.

*denotes principal players, CSO. (Faculty listings are official at time of publication but may change without notice.)