Craig McNutt

Senior Music Performance Faculty in Percussion

Principal Timpanist, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music. Performs extensively throughout New England with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Pops Esplanade Orchestras, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers and Ensemble, Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. An advocate of contemporary music, he also performs with Collage New Music, Dinosaur Annex, and ALEA III. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and performed for four seasons at the Newport Music Festival. Was Principal Percussionist in 1997 in the Peter Sellars/Craig Smith production of Kurt Weill/J.S. Bach: Conversations Between Hope and Fear after Death, presented in Paris and Frankfurt. In May 2000 he toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Messiaen’s Turangalila in Cologne and Paris. He also took part in a performance at the Eiffel Tower featuring tenor Andrea Bocelli. In the summer of 2000, Craig returned to Tanglewood to perform Boulez’s Sur Incises. The following year he was timpani soloist for Russell Peck’s timpani concerto Harmonic Rhythm with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. In June, 2005 he participated in the North American Premiere of Peter Eotvos’s opera Angels in America.


  • B.M., Hartt School of Music
  • M.M., Yale University
  • D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music