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

Charles Berginc 

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Charles Berginc, principal trumpet for The Phoenix Symphony, began his musical career in Cleveland, playing the French horn in fourth grade. A year later he traded the horn in for the trumpet due to the instrument's size; he grew tired of dragging the French horn through the snow on the way to school. Berginc's studies awarded him a bachelor's degree in music from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Ohio and also a master's degree from Boston University. It wasn't until his senior year of college that he played his first classical music concert and, he was hooked. In addition to his position with The Phoenix Symphony, Berginc is principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and San Antonio symphony orchestras. 

Bill Bernatis 

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Bill is the professor of horn at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as principal horn of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. While in CHQ, he serves as assistant principal horn. Bill's performing background includes a wealth of orchestral, chamber music, studio recording, and commercial experience. His teaching experience includes being professor of horn at Baylor University and Ithaca College before coming to UNLV.

Frederick Boyd 

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Fred Boyd teaches tuba and euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After a thirty year career as Bass Trombonist with the Syracuse Symphony in New York, he moved to the Carolinas to pursue a second career as a tuba player. Currently he serves as Principal Tuba with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York as well as performing with the orchestras of Charlotte, Greenville, and Charleston. He has recently returned from Sweden, where he performed as cimbassist with the Helsingborg Symphony. When he is not playing, he can be seen flying his home-built airplane through the skies of South Carolina.

William Caballero

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A graduate from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Caballero studied under former members of the Boston Symphony. Early in his career, Caballero held Third Horn positions with the prestigious Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.
 
As an educator, Caballero has held teaching positions at Indiana University Bloomington, Rice University and Duquesne University. He has taught master classes at prestigious institutes including his alma mater New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, New World Symphony, and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories – as well as numerous others. Caballero currently chairs the Brass Department at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and is the current Associate Teaching Professor of Horn.
 
As Principal Horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 23 years running, William Caballero is one of today’s most respected French horn players. He has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony. His previous Principal Horn positions include the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Hartford Symphony.

Donna Dolson

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Donna lived in Japan for eighteen years, where she served as principal horn of the Osaka Century Orchestra. She was the principal horn with the New York City Opera Nat. Co., third horn of L'Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad L'Autonoma de la Universidad de Guadalajara, and Utility horn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. A student of Froydis Ree Wekre, Donna's teaching style is geared towards bringing out each student's best self.

Don Harry

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Don Harry became the tubaist of the Oklahoma City Symphony in 1972 and joined the Buffalo Philharmonic as principal tuba in 1973. From 1977 through 1988, he served as the tuba instructor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.  In 1983 and 1984, he also served as the principal tuba and teacher at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.  From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Harry was the tuba instructor at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory.  In 1990 he became a member of the Eastman Brass, and in 1996 Associate Professor of Tuba at the Eastman School, where he is now Professor of Tuba. 

He has performed with many groups and orchestras including Henry Mancini, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Toronto Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, and others.

Scott Hartman 

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As a trombone soloist and with his various chamber ensembles, Scott Hartman has taught and played concerts in all fifty United States and throughout the world. Scott teaches trombone and chamber music at Yale University and is a member of Proteus7, Millennium Brass, the Yale Brass Trio, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the trombone quartet - Four of a Kind. His chamber music career started as a member of the Empire Brass.

Scott Hartman received his BM and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with CSO Principal Trombone, John Marcellus.

Roger Kaza 

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Principal horn, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; member, Chautauqua Wind Quintet. Roger Kaza rejoined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in the fall of 2009, after 14 years with the Houston Symphony. He was previously a member of the St. Louis Symphony horn section from 1983-95, and prior to that held positions in the Vancouver Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, where he was solo horn under John Williams.

As an educator, Kaza has served on the faculties of the University of Houston, Rice University, St. Louis Conservatory, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and has given master classes at the Eastman School, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and many others. Students from his years of teaching fill orchestral positions worldwide, including principal players in major U.S. symphonies, and chamber groups such as the Canadian Brass.

Eric Lindbloom

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Eric Lindblom is currently bass trombonist with the Helsingborg (Sweden) and Chautauqua Symphony orchestras and the instructor of trombone at the Malmo Academy of Music where he also leads the trombone choir. Prior to moving to Helsingborg he served as the bass trombonist of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons. Mr Lindblom is also an active chamber musician performing with the critically acclaimed Emerald Brass Quintet first prize winners of both the Fischoff and Summit Brass International competitions. He also serves on the faculty at the Ingesund College of Music in Arvika, Sweden and is the former vice president and a founding member of the Scandinavian Trombone Association. Mr. Lindblom received his degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Professor Dr. John Marcellus. 

Affiliation: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Malmo and Ingesunds Musikhogskolor (Sweden)

John Marcellus 

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Dr. John Marcellus was appointed Professor and Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir in 1978 after a worldwide search for an heir to carry on the legacy of Eastman’s legendary Professor of Trombone, Emory Remington(1922-1972), the “Chief.”  “Doc” Marcellus is internationally known as a soloist for his performances and recordings as Principal Trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra (John F. Kennedy Center-Washington DC) and soloist with the United States Navy Band.  He is a respected brass pedagogue and international recording artist who has accomplished a stunning record of former students successfully winning major symphony orchestra auditions and appointments to some of the most prestigious music faculties in the world.

Dr. Marcellus is currently a member of the Eastman Brass, Principal Trombone of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Brighton (NY) Symphony Orchestra and a performing artist for Courtois Trombones of the Buffet Crampon Company.  He formerly was a member of the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra, Washington Opera Society Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, National Symphony Brass Quintet, Washington Theatre Chamber Players, and Contemporary Music Forum of Washington.

Mark Robbins 

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Mark Robbins is associate principal French horn with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and also performs as principal horn with the Seattle Opera, including performing the horn calls for Wagner's Ring Cycle. When the Ring Cycle is not being performed in Seattle, he spends his summers with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, and other orchestras on a number of occasions. Also a frequent performer of chamber music, he has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, and is a member of the Amacord Wind Quintet. He is an active horn teacher in the Seattle area.

Raymond Stewart 

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Tubaist Raymond Stewart performs regularly as a member of American Composers Orchestra, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and often appears on the Broadway stage in CHICAGO doubling string bass. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, BM from the University of Miami School of Music, and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers have included Toby Hanks, John Stevens, and additional studies with Carson Johnson, Dave Sporny, and Dan Perantoni.

Chris Wolf 

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Originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, Chris Wolf now holds the position of Principal Trombonist with The Phoenix Symphony. Prior to joining the orchestra in September of 2011, he completed his Master's degree at The Juilliard School studying with former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Trombonist Per Brevig. He also holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, where he studied with trombonists from The National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. During the summers Chris also serves as Principal Trombonist for the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas and 2nd Trombonist for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York.

While in college Chris received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. In 2010 Chris was a solo competition winner at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival, and was the winner of the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition in 2011. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching too many sitcoms on Netflix.

 

Other members of the CSO serve as adjunct faculty if requested by students. A complete listing of faculty is emailed to all admitted students.

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