The Columbus Symphony in Ohio has appointed STUART CHAFETZ principal pops conductor. Chafetz has guest-conducted the Columbus Symphony on several occasions, most recently during the 2017 Picnic with the Pops season, and will make his first appearance as principal pops conductor at the opening concert of the 2018 Picnic with the Pops season. Chafetz was previously resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, and annually leads the Spring Ballet at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Chafetz has also conducted The Nutcracker with Ballet Hawaii and led the Maui Symphony and Pops. In the 2017-18 season, he leads the orchestras of Seattle, Detroit, Naples, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Vancouver, among others. In addition to conducting, Chafetz is a timpanist. In the summers, Chafetz conducts the Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and serves as the orchestra’s timpanist. Chafetz holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Posted November 28, 2017