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.

 

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Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Principal Conductor

Music director and conductor, Baton Rouge Symphony and Lansing Symphony

 

 

Brasswinds

Charles Berginc 

Charles BergincTrumpet*
Principal trumpet, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra

 

 

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 Chautauqua, 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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Charlotte (NC) Symphony; Carolina Brass

 

 

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.

Thompson Hanks 

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Former principal tuba, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; New York City Ballet Orchestra

 

 

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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Eastman Brass Quintet; faculty, Eastman School of Music

 

 

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.)