Our David Effron Conducting Fellowship has been filled for summer 2021 and we will not be accepting applications this year. 

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

“Chautauqua is a magical amalgamation of the pace and friendliness of rural culture, with the diversity and sophistication of urban culture. It is so fascinating to me that the people, and students, of Chautauqua are from all over the country, but reside together for a short while, with focus on community and learning. It’s all big city meets small town in Chautauqua, NY, where so much is shared! Furthermore, the work and growth that I accomplished as a young conductor, was immense. Not only did 83 musicians exist together solely for the purpose of great symphonic playing for 7.5 weeks, but we also ate, worked-out, went on adventures, and shared so much with each other. This kind of unity boasts incredible musical effect. Furthermore, I am honored, and blessed to have been able to work so closely under Mo. Muffitt. He has all my thanks and admiration for many years to come.”


– Maria Fuller, 2019 Conducting Fellow

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.

David Effron Conducting Fellowship Alumni Postings

As of Fall 2019

Maria Fuller, 2019: Resident Conductor, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Yue Bao, 2018Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow, Curtis Institute of Music

Rebecca Tong, 2017:Resident Conductor of the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra.Junior Fellow in Conducting with the Royal Northern College of Music

Louis Lohraseb, 2016: Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist in Conductingat LA Opera

Dean Whiteside, 2015:2019 Conducting Fellow and assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony

Earl Lee, 2014: Associate Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, RBC Resident Conductor position of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director & Conductor position of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

Vlad Vizireanu, 2013:Music Directorship of Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and is a finalist candidate for the Music Directorship of the Savannah Philharmonic

Roderick Cox, 2012:Highlights and debuts in the US during the 19/20 season include with the Richmond Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and with New York Philharmonic for New York Philharmonic’s Young Peoples Concerts Series. In Europe, Roderick will debut with the Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Mannheim Staatsorchester and Iceland Symphony OrchestraWinner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation, Roderick Cox was Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.

Stilian Kirov, 2010Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic

Andres Moran, 2009Director of Orchestras and Artist/Teacher of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointInterim Music Director of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season

Kuokman Lio, 2008Music Director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

Daniel Boothe, 2007Music Director & Conductor of the Symphonicity Orchestra & Chorus of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Phillip Blake Richardson, 2006:Director of Orchestras at the University of Alabama

Kazem Abdullah, 2005:Music and Artistic Director of the City of Aachen, Germany from 2012 to 2017

“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