A New York native, cellist Craig Leffer began his cello studies at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Steven Doane and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Stephen Geber. Craig has served as principal cellist of the New York String, Midland-Odessa, and Abilene Philharmonic orchestras. Currently he performs with Texas Winds Musical Outreach and as artist-in-residence at Baylor University Medical Center. Craig is also Lecturer in Cello at the University of Texas at Arlington.