Eric Rutherford is the Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Heidelberg University where he performs with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Rutherford keeps an active chamber music and orchestral performance schedule, is a current member of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared in performance with various ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark and China. In addition, he performs extensively throughout the region as a freelance musician and has appeared with the Arbor Opera Theatre and orchestras of Ann Arbor, Toledo, and Windsor (Ontario), among others.
An advocate for the performance of new music, he has performed as part of the new music festivals of Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University and on the ADJ•ective New Music Series in Toledo. Dr. Rutherford has also participated in the summer music institutes of the Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival and Thy Chamber Music Festival.
Previously, Dr. Rutherford was a graduate instructor of bassoon, bassoon methods and chamber music at the University of Michigan while completing his doctoral studies. He also holds a Master of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Kansas. His principal teachers include Eric Stomberg and Jeffrey Lyman.