Dr. Craig S. Evans

Conductor, Junior Orchestra

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Craig Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College, and two master’s degrees (violin performance and music education) from the Florida State University, He has taught music in the public schools in Polk County, Florida and Orlando, Florida, and later was a school principal in the Orlando area. He conducted the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, leading the senior group on tours through Europe and to Carnegie Hall. He has also conducted the Florida All-State Middle School Orchestra and numerous other student festival orchestras, served as a freelance musician throughout the central Florida region, and performed as a member of several regional orchestras. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and school law at the University of Central Florida

Dr. Evans returned to Ithaca in 1999 to become principal of Boynton Middle School, and then was appointed Assistant to the Superintendent, where he oversaw a number of programs, including the fine arts programs, in the school district.

In 2004, he became Director of Individual Giving at Ithaca College, and he was named Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2006. During his time in Ithaca, Dr. Evans served as a freelance musician and as a conductor/clinician for a number of student music festivals around the state.

In 2008, Dr. Evans was named Executive Director of the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, a non-profit organization that fosters a link between the private sector and the public schools. In 2010, he returned to the upstate New York area as a Senior Director of Development for the Office of Gift Planning at Syracuse University.  Dr. Evans is currently the Director of Planned Giving at Ithaca College.

A resident of Lansing, Dr. Evans remains active as a musician in the area, performing as a member of regional orchestras and serving as an adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). 


The Tompkins County Youth Orchestra was founded, and is administered, by the non-profit organization, The Violin Player. The TCYO provides quality, full symphony orchestra training, instruction, and performance experience to young Tompkins County musicians and makes it possible for them to experience the discipline and rewards of preparing and performing advanced repertoires. We strongly encourage each student musician's continued participation in other music programs and require their participation in school orchestras and ensembles, as these programs are a vital component to the success and quality of the Tompkins County Youth Orchestra and the cultural life of the community.

Rehearsals for our junior orchestra take place at the Danby Federated Church from 2:30-5:00 (with breaks) on Sunday afternoons during the academic school year. Information regarding our senior orchestra is coming soon.