By Grace Wyler
A symphony orchestra has the potential to evoke overwhelming emotions, but often an audience is unaware of just what makes the music so powerful.
Austintown resident Matthew Craig, a tuba player with the Dana Symphony Orchestra, enjoys playing the instrument that gives an orchestra depth, he said.
“I like the power that you get,” Craig said. “Often, the band or orchestra will sound real big and people won’t know why, but it’s because you are laying down a good note.”
Craig, a junior at Youngstown State University, was one of the winners of the Dana Young Artists Competition. The winners, chosen by a panel of independent judges, gave solo performances at the Dana Symphony Orchestra’s performance Feb. 15.
For his solo number, Craig performed James Barnes’ “Concerto for Tuba.” Craig also played in the orchestra’s performance, which was directed by John Wilcox.
Craig began playing the tuba as a freshman at Austintown Fitch High School because the band needed tuba players, Craig said.
“[The band director] asked me and he converted me,” Craig said. “I’ve never really looked back since.”
Craig also plays the euphonium, the trombone and the bass guitar. All of the instruments are fun to play, he said, but tuba and bass guitar are his favorites.
Craig is majoring in music education at YSU and plans to attend a graduate program for music studies.
The two other winners of the Dana Young Artists Competition were Alex Synder, a trombone player from West Chester, and Julianne Sabo, a flautist from Mentor.