2018 Application Has Closed

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.

2018 Conducting Fellow

Bao Yue Conducting Fellow 2018

Yue Bao

Yue Bao, from Shanghai, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017. As a conducting fellow, she works closely with Curtis mentor conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Bao is the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow.

Ms. Bao was the student conductor of the Mannes Orchestra from 2014 to 2016. She has appeared as a guest conductor with the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Shanghai Nanyang School Symphony. She served as a cover conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as a Julius Rudel Fellow in 2015. She was a 2016 Conducting Fellow with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Greensboro, N.C.

Ms. Bao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shanghai Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Mannes School of Music, both in orchestral conducting. Her former teachers are David Hayes and XiaoOu Zhao. She is also an experienced pianist and composer.

“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