Winner of the 2014 Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, Roderick Cox serves as 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."
Engagements for the 2013-2014 season have included concerts with the Alabama and Macon Symphonies and at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Roderick served as cover conductor for Robert Spano and Thomas Søndergård with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and James Gaffigan with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he attended the acclaimed American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with conductors Robert Spano and Larry Rachleff. During his residency in Aspen, Rodeirck was the assistant conductor for the festival’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. In the same summer, 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 as the 2012 David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York where he studied with Timothy Muffitt. In Chautauqua, he was the assistant conductor for the festival’s production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Roderick was selected as 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.
A champion of contemporary music and living composers, Roderick Cox opened the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s award- winning Classical Edge Series in 2013 with new music by Gabriel Kahane and Andrew Norman. “Keeping it all together was ASO Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox,” wrote The Birmingham News. Roderick “artfully managed the score's rhythmic complexities with its orchestral color, energy and reflection.”
He’s led special-event concerts, including the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., which was awarded a five-star review and drew a capacity crowd – by far the largest audience in the concert’s history. Roderick and the ASO commissioned and premiered two pieces by Henry Panion, commemorating the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham. With the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Roderick also conducts the annual Explorer and Young People’s Concerts, run-out concerts and the free Railroad Park outdoor concerts, which reach as many as 10,000 listeners.
Roderick is deeply devoted to music education and innovative approaches to community outreach. As music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, he is seeing record ticket sales and growth in overall student participation, which led to the orchestra’s feature on the new hit series “Alabama Life,” presented by the Center for Public Television. In April 2011, he helped organize and conduct a concert of film music to benefit The People's Music School in Chicago. The concert was an effort to provide free music lessons for less fortunate families of the community who wish to expose their children to classical music but without the means to do so.
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, and Adrian Gnam. Influential conductors and pedagogues such as Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, Donald Schleicher, and Mark Gibson have shaped his education as a conductor. In May 2009, Cox graduated summa cum laude from Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music education.