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