José Sunderland is currently cello instructor at the University of South Alabama. In addition to teaching at USA, he plays with the Mobile Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, and also in both the Mobile and Pensacola Opera. He also regularly performs with the Magnolia Chamber Orchestra and with the Saint James Concert Series in Fairhope.
Originally from Mexico, José began his musical studies at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City before coming to the United States to complete his music education. José holds a bachelors degree in Cello Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied cello with Rebekah Stark and Paul York. He also completed 56 hours towards a masters degree in music history at the University of Southern Mississippi.
While in Mexico, he performed with the Dumka String Quartet for four years. In addition to playing at many venues in Mexico City, Mr. Sunderland and his quartet were awarded first place in the Mexican National String Competition in 1990.
In the past Mr. Sunderland has also been a member of the Meridian Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, and the Gulf Coast Symphony. He also taught in the Hattiesburg and the Gulfport Strings’ programs in Mississippi.