Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with an affable podium demeanor and a keen sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, Chafetz has been on the podium in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Columbus, Jacksonville, Louisiana, Modesto, and others.
Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Kansas City, Naples, New Mexico, Phoenix, San Francisco Ballet, and Virginia. He’s had the privilege of working with renowned artists such as George Benson, Richard Chamberlain, The Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker, and Bernadette Peters.
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.
Chafetz maintains an ongoing special relationship with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and annually leads a variety of their concerts, including holiday, Memorial Day, parks, and subscription pops. In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his role as that orchestra’s timpanist.
When not on the podium, Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco, California, 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 degree from the Eastman School of Music.