Chautauqua’s music festival is peppered 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). Recent distinguished visiting faculty have included Johannesburg Moser - cello, Scott Hartman-trombone, Canadian Brass ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, Richard Aaron, Peter Winograd, Ilya Kaler, Carol Rodland and Almita Vamos.

In recent years, visiting faculty have included: 

Atar Arad, Zuill Bailey, Dmitri Berlinsky, Thomas Booth (trumpet), Denis Brott, Michael Burritt, (percussion), Victor Danchenko, Heinz Fadle (trombone), Felice Farrell, Josef Feigelson, Marc Goldberg, Scott Haigh, Gary Hoffman, Imani Wind Quintet, Ilya Kaler, Peter Kurau (horn), Owen Lee (double bass), Chris Leuba, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Paul Neubauer, Sally O’Reilly, Gustav Rivinius (cello), Aaron Rosand, Barrick Stees (bassoon), Almita Vamos (violin), Roland Vamos (viola), James Vandermark (double bass), James Walker (flute)