"....pulled fire from the orchestra...." BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE
Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Timothy Muffitt recently concluded a 21-year tenure as Music Director with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. 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.
Muffitt is also Artistic Director of the School of Music for the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York where he also conducts the Music School Festival Orchestra, one of the country's premiere training ensembles for conservatory and university students aspiring for careers in music.
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.