W. Craig Sutherland, a native of Clarence, New York, was appointed to the position of Principal Tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. Prior to joining the RPO, Mr. Sutherland 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, he was the Principal Tubist with the Hofer Symphoniker and Rekkenze Brass Quintet in Hof, Germany. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Sutherland was awarded a full-scholarship to attend The Juilliard School, where he earned his Master's degree. He has spent his recent summers in Santa Fe, N.M. as a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony.
Mr. Sutherland is an active music educator in the Rochester area, currently serving on the faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, as well as Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is also the RPO low brass mentor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In the summers, he has served on faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga, NY, in conjunction with performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as a faculty member of the Music Horizons program at the Eastman School of Music, and as a performing faculty member at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC.