Roderick Cox, who assumed the Minnesota Orchestra’s assistant conductor position in June 2015, serves in a range of capacities, including conducting Young People’s Concerts, family programs, special events, and outdoor community concerts, while also serving as cover conductor for many classical subscription and Live at Orchestra Hall concert performances. In addition, he serves as a key link to the community, participating in engagement activities, school visits and collaborations with other Minnesota arts and cultural institutions.
Previously, he served two years as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. A Georgia native, Roderick was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013, which led to a return to the festival as a conducting fellow and national recognition. He has also held prestigious fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as a part of the Project Inclusion Program, and the Chautauqua Music Festival’s David Effron Conducting Fellowship.
Highlights for the 2015/2016 season include guest conducting performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Sinfonietta. Roderick will also collaborate with the world-renowned soprano, Jessye Norman in March 2016 as a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra annual Classical Roots gala event.
In 2013 Cox was one of four conductors selected by the League of American Orchestras to conduct the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of its music director, David Robertson. In both 2013 and 2014 he was chosen as a fellow for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and the next year was a semi-finalist for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. For two consecutive summers he was named by Marin Alsop to attend the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He was recently featured in an interview, along with his performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, on American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child.
Cox, earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His conducting teachers have been Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Mei-Ann Chen and Adrian Gnam. In 2009 he received a bachelor of music degree in music education from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, graduating summa cum laude.
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