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Stuart Chafetz

Stuart Chafetz has conducted several Pops programs with the North Carolina Symphony. His most recent appearance was at UNC Health Summerfest in 2018, for a concert featuring "superhero" music by John Williams, Danny Elfman, and others. 

Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chautauqua and Marin symphonies. Appearances as a guest conductor in the 2022/23 season include Detroit, Fort Worth, Naples, Buffalo, and Seattle. He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony, where he leads multiple programs annually.

Chafetz has collaborated with artists including Leslie Odom, Jr., En Vogue, Kenny G, The O'Jays, Chris Botti, 2 Cellos, Hanson, Kool & The Gang, Jefferson Starship, America, Little River Band, Brian McKnight, Roberta Flack, George Benson, The Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker, and Bernadette Peters.

Chafetz 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, he would also conduct annual performances of The Nutcracker with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre; he also led concerts with the Maui Pops Orchestra. He has led numerous Spring Ballet productions at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

When not on the podium, Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco. He 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.