Chautauqua Institution Online School of Music: Artistic Enrichment Series

Week One: (July 13–17) Innovation and the 21st century musician

Monday: 
11:30a.m. –12:30 p.m. Convocation

12:30–2 p.m. “The Artist as Citizen” an interview with Dr. Joseph Polisi
(hosted by Timothy Muffitt)

Wednesday:
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Creative Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent World”
J.Y. Song

Friday:
11 a.m.–12:30pm “The Case for Online Lessons”
J.Y. Song


Week Two: (July 20–24) Challenges and Opportunities facing today’s professional

Monday: 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “What exactly is an ‘Opera Invasion?’ and other stories from the cutting edge”
Steven Osgood

Wednesday: 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Managing performance anxiety – preparing to succeed”
Alexander Gavrylyuk

Friday:
11 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. “The other X Factor: Navigating and maximizing your professional relationships” 
Panel discussion: Stuart Chafetz, John Milbauer, John Giampietro
(moderated by Timothy Muffitt)


Week Three: (July 27–31) Career Enhancement and Development

Monday:
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Casting a Wide Net: Engaging your artistry through diverse outlets”
Jonathan Beyer

Wednesday: 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “The portfolio career and a hidden musical ecosystem”
Christine Beamer

Friday:
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Within These Hallowed Halls: Finding success and fulfillment in academia”
Panel discussion: Michael Burritt, Mikael Eliasen, Jon Nakamatsu
(moderated by Timothy Muffitt)


Week Four: Conversations with CHQ Distinguished Alumni and Faculty

Monday:
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Distinguished Alumni  Panel Discussion
Angela Fuller Heyde, violin; Meredith Arwady, contralto; Alvin Zhu, piano
(moderated by Sarah Malinoski)

Wednesday: 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Panel Discussion
Paul Appleby, tenor; Edo Frenkel, piano; Hugo Valverde, horn
(moderated by Sarah Malinoski)

Friday: 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Coda: The road ahead”
Marlena Malas, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Timothy Muffitt

 

**Schedule is official as of 6/8/2020 but subject to change.

Alexander Gavrylyuk

Heintzelman Family Artistic Advisor of the School of Music Piano Program and Artist-in-Residence
Website

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Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, and the coveted Gold Medal at the renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, Alexander Gavrylyuk is in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised. “Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” —De Telegraaf, 2015.

Faculty

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John Milbauer
Co-Chair
Bio
Nicola Melville
Co-Chair
Bio

Guest Faculty

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Jon Nakamatsu
Artist-in-
Residence

Bio

Boris Slutsky
Bio
Natalya Antonova
Bio
Alexander Kobrin
Bio
Sara Davis
Buechner

Bio
JYSong

JY Song
Bio

Chautauqua is proud to boast about our fabulous alumni who appear in major opera companies, professional symphonies, in chamber groups and as soloists around the globe. In this exciting series we are thrilled to present the following CHQ alumni in conversation with artistic and music director, Timothy Muffitt.

More TBA in the coming weeks!

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Meredith Arwady
Contralto
Bio
Hugo Valverde
Second Horn,
MET Orchestra
Bio
Angela Fuller Heyde
Principal Second
Violin, Dallas
Symphony Orchestra
Bio
Alvin Zhu
Pianist, Resident
Faculty, The Tianjin
Juilliard School
Bio
Paul Appleby
Tenor
Bio
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Edo Frenkel
Conductor, Composer,
Pianist
Bio
Joshua Jones
Principal Percussion
Bio

Resident Faculty

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Marlena
Kleinman Malas

Bio
Jonathan Beyer
Bio
Elizabeth Bishop
Bio
Maxine Davis
Bio
Mikael Eliasen
Bio
John Giampietro
Bio
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Mikhaela Mahony Rhoslyn Jones
Bio

Guest Faculty

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Susan Graham
Bio
Claudia Catania
Bio
Margo Garrett
Bio
Paul Kwak
Bio
Ben Moore
Bio
Craig Rutenberg
Bio
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Brian Zeger
Bio

Coaches

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Julius Abrahams

Michal Biel
Bio
Travis Bloom
Bio
Martin Dube
Bio
Donna Gill
Bio
Joel Harder
Bio
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Kanae Matsumoto
Bio
Jinhee Park Katelan Tran Terrell
Bio

 

Timothy Muffitt, Artistic and Music Director

Muffitt D5B 1991Music Director and Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999, and Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006, Timothy Muffitt continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the country. Recent seasons have included St. Louis Symphony and Tulsa Symphony and return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony along with his debut at The Hollywood Bowl. Other engagements have taken Muffitt to the Houston, Phoenix, Edmonton, and Spokane Symphonies, Columbus Ohio's Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony among others.

Along with continued growth in artistic excellence, Muffitt's work has been marked by innovative, imaginative programming. A strong proponent of community arts education,

Muffitt has been very active in the venues of radio and lecture, presenting arts-enrichment programs through a variety of formats for diverse audiences.

Prominent performers and composers with whom Mr. Muffitt has worked include Yo Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Andre Watts, Alicia de Larrocha, Pinchas Zukerman, Van Cliburn, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, and composers John Cage, Joseph Schwantner, Ellen Taffe Zwilich, John Harbison, Joan Tower and Bernard Rands among others.

Brasswinds

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William Caballero
Horn
Bio
Don Harry
Tuba
Bio
Scott Hartman
Trombone
Bio
Roger Kaza
Horn
Bio
Eric Lindblom
Bass Trombone
Bio
John Marcellus
Trombone*
Bio
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Micah Wilkinson
Trumpet
Bio
Chris Wolf
Trombone
Bio


Woodwinds

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Eli Eban
Clarinet*
Bio
Jan Eberle
Oboe*
Bio
Diana Haskell
Clarinet
Bio
Jeff Robinson
Bassoon*
Bio
Richard Sherman
Flute*
Bio


Strings

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Aaron Berofsky
Violin
Bio

Curtis Burris
Double Bass
Bio
Ilya Kaler
Violin
Bio
Owen Lee
Double Bass
Bio
Nurit Pacht
Violin
Bio
Karen Ritscher
Viola
Bio
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Almita Vamos
Violin
Bio
Kathryn Votapek
Violin
Bio
Felix Wang
Cello
Bio


Percussion

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Michael Burritt
Percussion
Bio
Stuart Chafetz
Timpani*
Bio
Pedro Fernandez
Percussion*
Bio
Brian Kushmaul
Percussion*
Bio
Beth Robinson
Harp*
Bio

 

Collaborative Pianist

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Shannon Hesse
Collaborative
Pianist
Bio
Akiko Konishi
Collaborative
Pianist/
Chamber Music
Bio

Subcategories

June 25 - August 12, 2016

LaBoheme

The Chautauqua Institution Voice Department is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older. Under the leadership of Marlena Kleinman Malas, a select group of singers study, coach and perform in an idyllic setting on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Voice lessons, role preparation, diction classes and vocal coachings are guided by a full-time staff of voice teachers, coaches and a resident stage director, along with numerous guest artists.

At the start of the summer we will gather in McKnight Hall for the annual sing-in. Each singer presents one aria or song. Choose something you feel best showcases your voice. At the end of the summer, we will have the sing-out where students typically perform whatever they like. Pieces have included arias, songs, music theater, ensembles, comedy or sentimental favorites.

We perform two operas each summer. The first opera will be multi-cast and performed in 250-seat Fletcher Music Hall with reduced instrumental ensemble and piano, full costumes, props and lighting. The second opera will be performed in the 4,000-seat Chautauqua Amphitheater with the Music School Festival Orchestra, full staging, costumes and props. The opera's presented in 2015 were "Ariodante" and "La Boheme".

"Chautauqua is a unique program that allows the most promising voice students to work daily with some of the most influential voice faculty in the world, all in a nurturing environment that allows for intense improvement in all aspects of singing. That combined with the beautiful location, and close knit community makes for an experience that can not be rivaled"

Christopher Tiesi, Curtis Institute of Music

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The Piano Program

June 25 - July 31, 2016

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Chautauqua Piano 2016 will be a dynamic, 5-week program for 22 young pianists, ages 18-28. Combining a kaleidoscopic array of resident and guest faculty with unmatched practice and performance facilities, the program is designed for pianists who are seeking to make the transition from student to professional. Unlike programs in which pianists are assigned a single teacher for the duration, Chautauqua aims to develop independence of artistry with an engaging and stimulating variety of experiences and influences. Whether your aim for summer study is to learn repertoire, prepare for an audition or recital, hone your competition skills, gain technical facility, interact with peers and teachers to gain new ways of exploring music, or simply to enact change, Co-Directors Nicola Melville and John Milbauer invite you to consider the many possibilities that Chautauqua Piano affords.

The resident faculty provide a weekly foundation of a unified but open approach to music making. In addition to private lessons, the faculty will lead performance classes that explore topics ranging from the specific (the relationship between physical breath and phrasing; different approaches to the use of weight in piano sound) to more general concepts (finding your unique voice as a performer; creating performance opportunities, the benefits of interdisciplinarity, developing a professional niche in the music world).

Chautauqua Piano is unique in the world of summer piano programs also due to our tremendous guest faculty who visit throughout the summer for residencies ranging from three days to one week during which they perform, give public master classes, and interact with students in private Q&A sessions; many guests will teach private lessons, as well. Guest faculty represent a broad range of backgrounds, pedagogical approaches, and repertoire, and demonstrate both traditional and innovative ways of being successful as a pianist today. Not all participants will have private lessons with every guest, though opportunities are distributed equitably and there is an emphasis on the importance of both individual and group learning.

Chautauqua Piano is an integral part of a larger Institution that provides evening symphony, dance, opera, and pops concerts in the 4000-seat open-air Amphitheater; daily themed lectures by world-renowned speakers; a professional theater company and a theater conservatory; schools of art and dance; multiple galleries, and countless other offerings. Students are offered free tickets to most events, and are encouraged by our piano department calendar to explore the wider artistic and intellectual world of the Chautauqua Institution.

Finally, a significant component of students' experience at Chautauqua is the wonderfully warm and supportive community. Public classes and competitions are often very well attended and provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in audience interaction and audience building. Students in past summers have developed deep friendships with the general public and each other that have continued long after our program ends.

 

"In my view, the Chautauqua Institution has a magical atmosphere of musical inspiration, dedication and love for music making. All these and more aspects make the piano program in Chautauqua a unique opportunity for many young pianists. I found myself strongly impressed by the high level of piano performance by the students and the remarkable teaching approaches in Chautauqua Institution."

Alexander Gavrylyuk

 

"The Chautauqua Piano Program is an outstanding institution. The curriculum is rigorous yet intensely supportive and nurturing. A wonderful feeling of community and inclusion pervades all aspects of Chautauqua life, with great and frequent interaction between the faculty and students. The beautiful surroundings and a myriad of non-musical activities inspire and encourage all. For a serious piano student, there is no better way to spend a summer!"

Jon Nakamatsu

The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment. The faculty at Chautauqua will often help place students into major companies throughout the U.S. through their many contacts. An important part of the program is the possibility for young dancers to perform (with live music) in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater.

The School of Dance facilities include four large teaching and rehearsal studios — the Carnahan-Jackson Studios. The dancers are housed in a well-supervised dormitory which is adjacent to the studios. The summer of 2009 saw the completion of new buildings which house the costume shop as well as faculty/staff housing. The center core of the Carnahan-Jackson Studios has been reconfigured to provide for enhanced administrative and production offices as well as proper locker rooms for both professional and student dancers.

The ballet curriculum at Chautauqua is designed for talented students who wish to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers. Intensive training in classical ballet will be continued in rehearsals leading to performances. All classes feature live music. In spite of a rigorous schedule of classes and rehearsals, students will have ample time to enjoy recreational activities at Chautauqua including symphony concerts, professional ballet company performances, Friday Night specials and any number of recitals and lectures at no extra cost.

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Audition & Application Information

June 27—August 15, 2015Applications Due: April 15, 2015


From the Artistic Director

Artists need other serious artists if they are going to exceed their individual possibilities. For almost every artist, conviction without meaningful dialogue has critical limitations. That genuine exchange among serious artists is precisely what I have aimed for in developing the Chautauqua School of Art over the past 29 summers. Everything about the structure of the program—the faculty invited to participate, the students selected, even the layout of the studios—is geared toward that end.

Describing an underlying sensibility held by a diverse group of students and faculty is difficult. However, there are common threads in terms of the artists, young and old, who have associated themselves with this program. One unifying characteristic is a belief in stepping outside the confining box of what one already knows.

Consistently the artists here have had faith in both tradition and in discovery. At the same time, they have believed that tradition for its own sake, as well as novelty for its own sake, are hollow – each devoid of meaning without the other. Matisse once wrote that “When an artist doesn’t know how to prepare for the time of flowering, by work which bears little resemblance to the final result, he has a short future.”

Matisse also said that “When an artist who has arrived fails to get back to the soil from time to time, he begins to go around in circles, repeating, until by this very repetition, curiosity is extinguished.” These two notions form the core of what the artists at the Chautauqua School of Art attempt to bring together during two intensive months every summer.

The School of Art offers serious young artists a chance to give themselves over to a sustained period of exploration. The emphasis is on a period of study in depth with a limited number of selected instructors and a close-knit group of students. Repeatedly students have commented that one thing they realize during the summer is that it takes several weeks of intense involvement for the work, the ideas and the experience to ferment, and by the second half of the summer things really begin to come together. For this reason, the program does not compromise the length of the session, nor does it permit part-time study.

The studio program is enhanced by a variety of outstanding visiting artists who contribute to the overall experience, and students may sign up for critiques with any of the 20 or more full-time faculty and visiting artists who participate in the program during the course of the summer. However, beyond critiques, the focus is on concentrated study with the resident faculty. “I learned more about art and myself in two months here than in two years in college,” is a statement heard repeatedly at the end of the summer. This is because the concerns here are different – the emphasis is on continuity of experience and rigorous exploration and study in the students’ major areas, where they are usually working from 9 a.m. until midnight. Students and faculty live on the grounds of the Institution. They get to know one another well. They eat together, work together in the studios every day, talk with one another about their work whenever they’re out of the studios – there is a communal nature to the collaborative dialogue that develops – a sense of common struggle and shared experience.

The faculty at Chautauqua, though often nationally recognized and always highly respected, is selected, before anything else, because of their deep-rooted conviction that art is a lifelong process of education—a rigorous grounding combined with persevering exploration. It is this conviction that provides art students with a genuine educational experience in the midst of an extremely complex art world—an experience that, while not alienating students from that world, allows for the kind of commitment, awareness and authenticity to also see beyond it. In the end, students often find a connection, support one another on a deep level, and collectively exceed their individual possibilities.

DON KIMES
Artistic Director

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

June 25 - August 16, 2016

The MSFO is a major component of the curriculum and attracts musicians from leading music programs across the United States and around the world. Timothy Muffitt, music director and conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Lansing Symphony, is the principal conductor for the six-concert series by the MSFO.

tim m 2013Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from here and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music making. Our students are typically 18 to 28 and enrolled in (or recently graduated from) undergraduate or graduate studies. On occasion, we do admit a high school student who is advanced enough and ready to undertake seven weeks of intensive study. There are no auditions for seating, all sections are rotated for each concert.

We consider orchestral, private lessons and chamber music each to be vital components of the instrumental program and our schedule illustrates this. The orchestra rehearses daily for the majority of the seven weeks and performs its concerts in Chautauqua’s 4,000-seat Amphitheater. Each instrumentalist receives six private lessons with a member of the faculty and is scheduled for a minimum of 12 hours of reserved practice time each week. There are 2 distinct phases of chamber music for every student to participate in. Most students are engaged by an integrated three-phase mock audition component comprising of: psychology, performance and debriefing providing priceless insight into the professional road ahead. String players should note that for much of the seven weeks there is usually a luthier on hand to assist with repairs as necessary.

"Chautauqua was such a wonderful, fun, and intense summer. The MSFO is a training ground for what to expect if you're pursuing music as a profession. The teachers are amazing, and the experience is one I will never forget"

Kathryn Bradley, double bass | Peabody Conservatory of Music

“There is no place like Chautauqua on earth. Nowhere else does one get the opportunity to interact and collaborate with outstanding musicians, ballet dancers, singers, artists and actors.”

Ben Buergel | Michigan State University

The Music School Festival Orchestra is underwritten by the Hultquist Foundation of Jamestown, NY 

MSFO Concert Attire
Men: A black suit or tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie and all black shoes.
Women: Black skirt/dress from floor length to within 2" of ankles and appearing long when sitting OR black full-length dressy-style pants of formal fabrics (no tight clothing, no casual fabrics such as denim) White long-sleeved or short-sleeved blouse (sleeveless blouses are NOT acceptable), Dressy all-black shoes

 

In 2016, the concerts are scheduled for
July 5, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 8 and August 15.