Timothy Muffitt

Timothy Muffitt


Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra & Lansing Symphony Orchestra



Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Timothy Muffitt was recently named Music Director Laureate of the Baton Rouge Symphony following a 21-year tenure as Music Director with that ensemble. Mr. Muffitt continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the country. Recent seasons have included concerts with the St. Louis, Flint, Tulsa, Atlanta, and Ann Arbor Symphonies.
Prior years have included return engagements with the San Francisco, Houston, Long Beach, Phoenix and Virginia Symphonies as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic. Other guest appearances have taken Muffitt to the podiums of The Hollywood Bowl, Edmonton, and Spokane Symphonies, Columbus Ohio's Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony among others.
Along with the continued artistic growth of his orchestras, Muffitt's work has been noted for its innovative and imaginative programming, broadly diverse repertoire, and fresh, engaging, audience experiences. A strong proponent of community arts education, Muffitt has been very active in musical outreach through the venues of radio, lecture, and social media, presenting arts-enrichment programs through a variety of formats for diverse audiences.
Formerly Associate Conductor with the Austin Symphony, Muffitt was also Artistic Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic's Casual Classics Series in New Orleans for over a decade. It was for his work in that position, that Mr. Muffitt was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the American Federation of Musicians.
Prominent performers and composers with whom Mr. Muffitt has worked include Lang Lang, 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 many others.
In addition to his work with professional orchestras, Mr. Muffitt is also Artistic Director of the Chautauqua (NY) Institution’s Music School and, since 1997, Conductor of Chautauqua's Music School Festival Orchestra, one of the country's premiere orchestral training ensembles.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mr. Muffitt began his musical studies at age seven on the piano and later added viola and trumpet. He received his conducting training at the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Effron, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
In his free time he enjoys reading, listening to music, photography and being outdoors.

January 2021

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