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Stuart Chafetz


Stuart Chafetz


Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and a refined sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Chicago, Naples, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Dallas, Louisiana and others.

He previously held posts as Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As Principal Timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops.

In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops. 
Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco, CA, with his wife Ann Krinitsky. Chafetz holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s from the Eastman School of Music.