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 Two to Four, and the second phase is with faculty and guest coaches and different repertoire between Weeks Five to Six. 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 Six. 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 Kathryn Votapek.

 

View Chautauqua Chamber Music Resident Artist Series Events

Chautauqua is thrilled to feature many of our resident faculty and guest artists on an exciting Resident Chamber Series! The series takes place each Saturday at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall and students are highly encouraged to attend.

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The David Effron 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.

In 2020, the concerts are scheduled for July 6, July 16 (joint collaboration with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra), July 20, July 27 (with School of Dance), August 10 (with Voice Program) and August 17.

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.

2019 Conducting Fellow

MariaFuller conducting fellow 2019

Maria Fuller

Canadian conductor and musician Maria Fuller, from a farm near Earl Grey in southern Saskatchewan, began her musical training at the age of five on trumpet and piano. Today she is an internationally active performer on the podium, at the piano, and on trumpet, as well as a sought-after vocal coach, composer and arranger. As a conductor, Ms. Fuller has a wide range of repertoire and interests, from J.S. Bach to Steve Reich, from Richard Strauss to renowned Canadian composer, Elizabeth Raum. Equally adept in the opera pit and on the concert stage, she shows a winning charisma and infectious joy in her music-making. 

In the opera house, Fuller has worked with the Saskatoon and Cincinnati Opera Companies and most recently conducted Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito on the Main Stage series at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). This spring Maria will work again with Saskatoon Opera on Die Fledermaus as Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor.

At the piano, Ms. Fuller is a two-time laureate of the FCMF National Finals, of the CMC National Finals, and of the CFMTA National Finals in Canada. More recently, Maria has soloed with the Longview Symphony, TX, Cincinnati Ballet, and the CCM Philharmonia. As a chamber musician, she has performed throughout Europe and North America and was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Competition in Indiana, and in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Missouri with her piano trio, Geistrio. She has also enjoyed performing at the Mozarteum and the Franz Schubert Institute, in Austria. Maria loves performing art song, and collaborating on recitals and projects - last January, she and American trumpeter Chase Hawkins released a CD together: “Great Southern Land,” under the Parma Navona Recording Label. 

For three consecutive years, Maria won the brass title in the Saskatchewan Provincials, and has received praise throughout North America for her work on trumpet. She has played with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and other regional ensembles. Most recently she wrote a piece for trumpet and piano that received such positive acclaim that professors of other instruments at CCM requested to perform it as well. In addition, she is becoming increasingly recognized for her choral hymnal arrangements and improvisations at the keyboard.

On invitation, Maria’s conducting career began in the form of a third graduate degree, at CCM under the intense mentorship of Mo. Mark Gibson and Dr. Aikkhai Pung. In the nearly two years that she has identified as a conductor, Maria has received overwhelming acknowledgement. While learning the craft, she was invited to audition with the Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay symphony orchestras as assistant conductor, and was recently named Resident Conductor and Chorus Master with Thunder Bay. She received an invitation to attend the Hochschule in Munich, and was invited to conduct at Des Moines Opera, Saskatoon Opera, both the Regina and Saskatoon symphonies, and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. This summer she is the recipient of the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at Chautauqua for 2019 where she looks forward to her working under the renown mentorship of Mo. Muffitt.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from McGill University, a MM in Piano, an Artist Diploma in Operatic Coaching, and a MM in Orchestral Conducting at CCM.  


Muffitt D5B 1991Timothy Muffitt, Artistic and Music Director

Music 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.


“Chautauqua is a unique place; it is an artist’s utopia. I had a wonderful, delightful and unforgettable summer. What fascinated me is that I had opportunities to not only work with talented musicians but also gifted dancers and artists. Under Maestro Muffitt’s guidance I grew so much during the summer. His artistry, talent and kindness inspired and helped me to become a better musician and human being.”

 

– Yue Bao, 2018 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 (Richard 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), Franklin Cohen (clarinet), Victor Danchenko (violin), Matthew Duvall (percussion), Heinz Fadle (trombone), Felice Farrell (cello), Josef Feigelson (cello), Marc Goldberg (bassoon), Scott Haigh (bass), Erik Harris (double bass), Scott Hartman (trombone), Gary Hoffman (cello), Ilya Kaler (violin), Peter Kurau (horn), Owen Lee (bass), Chris Leuba (horn), Kathryn Levy (flute), Jon Mannase (clarinet), 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), Elise Wagner (bassoon), James Walker (flute), Micah Wilkinson (trumpet), 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 and Silkroad

 Concert Dress, living costs, meal plan, tuition and deposit requirements for the upcoming season.

Student Handbook

Cost Estimates

Living Costs

Residence Hall $750 
Security Deposit $100 (refundable)

Meal Plan
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) $1,150

Instructional Costs 
Includes full instruction costs, fitness center membership, registration fee and gate pass to attend all events for free (except opera and theater).
Instrumental Program $2,575

TOTAL: $4,475

Deposits

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.

Concert Attire

On Stage Performance:

Option 1: White top (no bare shoulders), black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes

Option 2: Black tuxedo jacket, black dress pants, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black Dress shoes

Pit Performance:

Black dress shirt (no bare shoulders), black dress pants or black skirt, black dress shoes

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.

 

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
micah wilkinson ChrisWolf
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

Luthier

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For over ten summers Igor has been the “Luthier in Residence” at the Chautauqua School of Music where he services the needs of the professional Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the student Music School Festival Orchestra. During the rest of the year Igor works at “Potter Violins” in Washington, DC as well as in his private studio and his recently launched rehair by mail service MyBowExpress.com. Igor provides a full spectrum of professional luthier services. His specialties are sound adjustment, professional setup, and expert bow rehair, restoration and maintenance.

Chamber Music Coaches

In addition to our resident faculty who coach chamber music, these musicians from the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra are also coaches during our first chamber phase.

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Bill Bernatis
Horn
Bio
Fred Boyd
Tuba
Bio
Donna Dolson
Horn
Bio

 

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