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. The concert dates for the MSFO are scheduled for July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, August 7 and August 14.

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.

 Application Opens: November 1

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2016 Conducting Fellow

LouisLohraseb conducting fellow

Louis Lohraseb (b. 1991) is a rising young conductor whose recent performances of both opera and symphonic work have garnered praise from Opera News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Berkshire Review. He is a student of the late Lorin Maazel and of James Conlon, whom he assisted at the 2014 Ravinia Festival in the productions of Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, as well as an opera coach for the IU Opera Theater. He studies with distinguished maestri Arthur Fagan, David Effron, Paul Nadler, and Kevin Murphy. As a Conducting Fellow at the Yale School of Music, Lohraseb studied with Maestro Shinik Hahm, and served as assistant conductor to the Yale Philharmonia. During his time at Yale, he founded the Amadeus Orchestra, and served as music director of the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Lohraseb took up music at age three upon discovering his love of opera. He has since studied piano with Elizabeth Parisot, Findlay Cockrell and Amy Stanley, composition with Robert Levin, musicology with Anne-Marie Reynolds, musicology and composition with William Carragan, conducting and composition with James Walker, and conducting with Gerard Floriano.  He has also had the pleasure of assisting such renowned conductor-composers as John Adams and Krzysztof Penderecki. 

Mr. Lohraseb performed and assised in both operatic and symphonic literature at the Castleton Festival in Virginia. He was the assistant director of the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra and the music director of the Friends of Music Orchestra composed of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra members. Conducting from the keyboard, Mr. Lohraseb has performed several Mozart piano concertos and three Bach harpsichord concertos. Recent credits also include the Mozart two-piano concerto and the Rakhmaninov Second Concerto with the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lohraseb has participated in many chamber music recitals, including those with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. His compositions have been performed internationally, and his recent musicological work on the sources of Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony was presented at a musicological conference at Oxford University in April 2013 and was published in the November 2013 edition of The Bruckner Journal. This upcoming April, Mr. Lohraseb will present the world premiere of the 1878 version of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. He was graduated from Yale in 2015, and was graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Geneseo in 2013, where he was an Edgar Fellows honors student, and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

“Chautauqua was one of the great musical experiences of my life. I know of no other summer program in which one can conduct so much, work with such kind and talented peers, and perform regularly for as passionate and knowledgeable an audience as Chautauqua's. The most important aspect was being mentored by Timothy Muffitt, who is not only a gifted conductor but one of the kindest and most supportive conducting teachers I know. His guidance was an inspiration and helped me grow so much over eight weeks. I left Chautauqua a new musician and conductor, inspired and invigorated by the experience, and prepared to tackle new challenges in the profession.”


– Dean Whiteside, 2015 Conducting Fellow

“Chautauqua 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