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W. Craig Sutherland

W. Craig Sutherland
W. Craig Sutherland

Joined the RPO in 2004

W. Craig Sutherland, a native of Clarence, N.Y., was appointed to the position of Principal Tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. Prior to joining the RPO, he served as tubist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, in Charleston, S.C. Shortly after receiving his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Michigan, Sutherland served as Principal Tubist with the Hofer Symphoniker and Rekkenze Brass Quintet, in Hof, Germany. Upon returning to the States, Sutherland was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School where he earned his master's degree. In addition to his tenure with the RPO, he has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony. Sutherland also spends his summers in Santa Fe, N.M. as a performing member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

Sutherland is an active music educator in the Rochester area, currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at Roberts Wesleyan College, and for the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College. He is also a faculty member at the Eastman Community Music School and the RPO low brass mentor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In past summers, he has served on faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga, N.Y., in conjunction with performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and as a performing faculty member at the Brevard Music Center, in Brevard, N.C.

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