Updated: Jan 23, 2020
Last summer I was honoured to receive the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute, in NY, under the mentorship of Mo. Timothy Muffitt. The program was incredible - I recommend it to any conductor! Chautauqua...to describe it in a few sentences, 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.
Here are some photos that highlight my experience at the institute. As the conducting fellowship, I was given the opportunity to conduct opera, ballet, and symphonic music. Mo. Muffitt is the gentleman in the white.