“Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra music director Timothy Muffitt will step down from his position next year, the organization announced Wednesday morning,” writes Jake Clapp in Wednesday’s (1/23) Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). “Muffitt will lead the orchestra in its 2019-20 season, his 20th season with the organization, and will then be designated music director laureate by the BRSO board of directors…. Muffitt joined the BRSO in 1999 and his tenure has included world premiere performances and commissions, collaborations with high-profile musicians, partnerships with local organizations and a focus on works that celebrated Louisiana culture. An Eastman School of Music graduate, Muffitt has worked with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Austin Symphony and the Chautauqua Institution’s Music School, where he is the artistic director and conductor of the school’s festival orchestra. He is also, since 2006, the music director and conductor of the Lansing Symphony. ‘The BRSO has its artistic quality and programmatic vision due to Muffitt’s musicianship,’ said BRSO board chair Meredith L. Hathorn…. ‘He has embraced and advanced the BRSO mission throughout his decades of leadership.’ … The 2019-20 BRSO season will include performances of classical pieces that highlight Muffitt’s career…. His final performance will be in May 2020.”

Posted January 25, 2019