There will be short placement auditions for chamber music groups during the first couple days of the program. There is no special repertoire required, just be prepared with a piece you are familiar with.

Chamber Music is scheduled for all sections of the orchestra in two distinct phases. The first phase is with faculty coaches between Weeks Two to Four, and the second phase is with faculty and guest coaches and different repertoire between Weeks Five to Six. At the end of each phase every group will perform part of the studied repertoire on a public recital.  Chamber groups often include students from our voice and piano program.

The second chamber music phase is intense. During this period no orchestral rehearsals are scheduled. String players, including basses, will be placed in either a quartet or in a string chamber music orchestra. Woodwinds and some Horn players will be coached and coordinated by Diana Haskell in a combination of trios, quintets and octets. Scott Hartman will coordinate the entire brass section during this phase. Each group will be coached daily until it is scheduled for public performance during Week Six. There is also a percussion residency led by Michael Burritt during this phase with a performance culminating at the end. 

Chamber music is chaired by Kathryn Votapek.


View Chautauqua Chamber Music Resident Artist Series Events

Chautauqua is thrilled to feature many of our resident faculty and guest artists on an exciting Resident Chamber Series! The series takes place each Saturday at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall and students are highly encouraged to attend.

 Concert Dress, living costs, meal plan, tuition and deposit requirements for the upcoming season.

Student Handbook

Cost Estimates

Housing Costs

Residence Hall $440 
Security Deposit $100 (refundable)

Meal Plan
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) $780

Instructional Costs 
Includes full instruction costs, fitness center membership, registration fee and gate pass to attend all events for free (except opera and theater).
Instrumental Program $2,475

TOTAL: $3,695


Two deposits are required within seven days of admission into one of Chautauqua’s programs. Upon admission to the program, a placeholder or tuition deposit of $500 guarantees the student’s scholarship award, if any, and a place in the program. A security/music deposit of $100 is required of all students, including those on full scholarships. This deposit guarantees a student’s housing and is used to defray the cost of damage to dormitories or loss of or damage to other property.

Concert Attire

On Stage Performance:

Option 1: White top (no bare shoulders), black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes

Option 2: Black tuxedo jacket, black dress pants, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black Dress shoes

Pit Performance:

Black dress shirt (no bare shoulders), black dress pants or black skirt, black dress shoes

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

As part of the curriculum we are pleased to offer our Symphony Sessions Series as a chance to further enhance the growth of all of our students. 

SYMPHONY SESSIONS (Richard Sherman, coordinator)

Symphony Session 1 
Week 2 (all winds, percussion, harp)
Open Audition Masterclass: Students bring 1-2 excerpts to play for faculty panel/student colleagues

Symphony Session 2 
Week 3 (all students)
The Psychology of Auditioning: panel discussion and Q & A

Symphony Session 3 
Week 5 (woodwinds and horns)
Open Masterclass on Mozart concerti

Symphony Session 4 
Week 4 (all winds, percussion, harp)
Open Audition Masterclass: Students bring 1-2 excerpts to play for faculty panel/student colleagues


CHQ’s School of Music is infused with a rich master class program that caters to each individual student. During the seven-week festival over 50 public master classes will be held and all students are encouraged to attend and learn technique from masters outside of their primary study.

Master classes are scheduled with distinguished visiting faculty and guest soloists with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

In recent years, visiting faculty have included: 
Richard Aaron (cello), Atar Arad (viola), Zuill Bailey (cello), Dmitri Berlinsky (violin), Thomas Booth (trumpet), Denis Brott (cello), Michael Burritt (percussion), Franklin Cohen (clarinet), Victor Danchenko (violin), Matthew Duvall (percussion), Heinz Fadle (trombone), Felice Farrell (cello), Josef Feigelson (cello), Marc Goldberg (bassoon), Scott Haigh (bass), Erik Harris (double bass), Scott Hartman (trombone), Gary Hoffman (cello), Ilya Kaler (violin), Peter Kurau (horn), Owen Lee (bass), Chris Leuba (horn), Kathryn Levy (flute), Jon Mannase (clarinet), Johannesburg Moser (cello), Paul Neubauer (viola), Sally O’Reilly (violin), Gustav Rivinius (cello), Carol Rodland (viola), Aaron Rosand (violin), Barrick Stees (bassoon), Almita Vamos (violin), Roland Vamos (viola), James Vandermark (bass), Elise Wagner (bassoon), James Walker (flute), Micah Wilkinson (trumpet), Peter Winograd (violin)


Masterclasses have also been given by various ensembles and chamber groups including:
Canadian Brass Ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Imani Wind Quintet and Silkroad