2019 Application

Open November 1

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 2019, the concerts are scheduled for July 1, July 8, July 18 (joint collaboration with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra), July 22, August 5 and August 12.

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.

2018 Conducting Fellow

Bao Yue Conducting Fellow 2018

Yue Bao

Yue Bao, from Shanghai, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017. As a conducting fellow, she works closely with Curtis mentor conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Bao is the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow.

Ms. Bao was the student conductor of the Mannes Orchestra from 2014 to 2016. She has appeared as a guest conductor with the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Shanghai Nanyang School Symphony. She served as a cover conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as a Julius Rudel Fellow in 2015. She was a 2016 Conducting Fellow with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Greensboro, N.C.

Ms. Bao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shanghai Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Mannes School of Music, both in orchestral conducting. Her former teachers are David Hayes and XiaoOu Zhao. She is also an experienced pianist and composer.

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