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Now in his seventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony, TIMOTHY MUFFITT continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the country. This season will see return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony. Other recent engagements have taken Muffitt to the Houston, Phoenix, Edmonton, and Spokane Symphonies, Columbus Ohio's Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony among others. Muffitt has also been named Music Director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan for the coming season, a post he will hold concurrently with his position in Baton Rouge. These performances mark his Hollywood Bowl debut.
Along with continued growth in artistic excellence, Muffitt's work in Baton Rouge has been marked by innovative, imaginative programming. A strong proponent of community arts education, Muffitt has been very active in the venues of radio and lecture, 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. It was for his work in that position, that Muffitt was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the American Federation of Musicians.
Prominent performers and composers with whom Muffitt has worked include Yo-Yo Ma, Kiri Te Kanawa, André 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 others.
In addition to his work with professional orchestras, Muffitt is also Music Director of the Chautauqua Institution's Music School Festival Orchestra, one of the country's premiere orchestral training ensembles.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 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. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife Charlotte, their son Vincent, their daughter Clara, and their dog Kate.