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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