Eric Rutherford is the newly appointed Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Heidelberg University where he performs with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. He is currently a doctoral candidate in bassoon performance at the University of Michigan where he is also a Graduate Instructor, teaching bassoon methods, serving as a coach for undergraduate chamber ensembles, instructing non-major bassoonists and providing supplemental lessons to undergraduate bassoon majors in the areas of reed making and fundamental development. In addition to his teaching at Michigan, he has maintained a private studio in the Ann Arbor area for several years and has served as a bassoon clinician for the Plymouth-Canton Schools.
Mr. 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. Mr. Rutherford has also participated in the summer music institutes of the Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival and Thy Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Rutherford's principal teachers include Eric Stomberg and Jeffrey Lyman, with whom he has studied at the University of Kansas and University of Michigan.