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
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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

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.)

Chautauqua welcomes applications from all eligible musicians with no preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age. Admission is by audition only (either live or recorded). Chautauqua is a TUITION FREE program, with 100% of our students receiving tuition scholarships. Many of our larger scholarships also cover room and board.

Download the Instrumental Program poster


Applications have closed for the 2020 season.


Be sure to indicate your preference as to audition site. Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by March 15 for the Instrumental Program. Admission results will be emailed to the address on the student's application. No decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee of $60 is paid.

Audition Instructions

Decide whether you will be auditioning live or with a recorded audition. We admit students equally from both, but if you do live near one of the cities we will be auditioning in it would be worth your while to do a live audition. Maestro Timothy Muffitt personally evaluates all of the live auditions and listens to each individual recorded audition.
Scholarships are awarded only to students enrolled for, and who will participate fully in, the entire program.

In 2019, the Chautauqua Institution awarded direct scholarship aid to 100% of the students in the Instrumental Program.

While we do offer TUITION FREE scholarships, it is helpful to fill out the financial aid form if you want to be considered for additional aid to cover room/board.
Applicants for full-term programs must be enrolled in or recently graduated from music studies at the time of application. Professional musicians are not eligible for admission or financial aid.

Recorded Auditions

String applicants: a movement from a standard concerto and two to three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Winds and brass: a solo piece and two to three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Percussion: entire list of repertoire included on the link below.

Please apply online at Chautauqua.slideroom.com

Deadline for all recorded auditions is January 15, 2020.

Your recordings should be separate uploads (solo piece and then the excerpts). For the excerpts you may select what to include, we do not have any required portions although most applicants prepare the “standard” selections on each.

Suggested Excerpts

Auditioning Live

Apply at least 2 days before scheduled live audition to receive an audition time. You may select your audition city on the application from those listed below.

String applicants need to prepare: a movement from a standard concerto and two or three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Wind and brass need to prepare: solo piece and two or three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Application Deadline: Two days prior to the live audition

Please do not bring your application, financial aid form or recommendation with you, all materials must be submitted online two days prior to your live audition.

Suggested Excerpts

 

Live auditions by city

ANN ARBOR, MI
Thursday, January 30
6–11 p.m.
University of Michigan
School of Music,
Room 2044

CINCINNATI, OH
Tuesday, December 10
1–4 p.m.
University of Cincinnati - CCM
Werner Recital Hall  

CLEVELAND, OH
Saturday, February 8 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cleveland Institute of Music
Room 206

 

ROCHESTER, NY
Tuesday, February 4 
1:30–6:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music
Miller Center – MC2

NEW YORK, NY 
Monday, February 3
6:30–10 p.m. 
The Juilliard School 
Room TBD

Evanston, IL
Monday, December 9 
1–5 p.m. 
Northwestern University
Bienen School of Music
Regenstein 139

HOUSTON, TX
Wednesday, January 29
1–3 p.m.
Rice University
Shepherd School of Music, Room 1401