Winner of the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, Roderick Cox is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow of the Chicago Sinfonietta. He served for two years as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of Macon, Georgia, he has been recognized nationally as a gifted young conductor, described as "uncommonly talented” and "extremely musical."
As Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, Cox has a range of responsibilites from leading Young People’s Concerts, family programs and outdoor community concerts to serving as cover conductor for many Classical subscription and Live at Orchestra Hall concert performances. Additionally, the he serves as a key link to the community, participating in engagement activities, school visits and collaborations with other Minnesota arts and cultural institutions.
Roderick was recently featured in an interview, along with his performance of Brahms Symphony No. 2, on American Public Media’s award winning show, “Performance Today” with Fred Child. In 2013, he conducted the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of maestro David Robertson as one of four conductors selected by the League of American Orchestras. He was chosen in 2013 and 2014 as a fellow for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, the 2012 David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, a semi-finalist for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and for two consecutive summers by Marin Alsop as a conductor to attend the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Roderick earned his 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 May 2009, Roderick graduated summa cum laude from Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
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