Recognized as one of America’s fastest rising young conducting talents, Roderick Cox currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, a position he was appointed to in April 2015. 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 fellow and national recognition. In 2016, Roderick was one of 6 conductors selected from an international pool for the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter Conducting Preview with the Nashville Symphony, an event that showcases emerging and talented conductors to industry professionals. He has also held prestigious fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Highlights for the 2015/2016 season include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, debut concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, and return appearances with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Roderick received a unanimous vote of confidence following his audition to join the Minnesota Orchestra. As Assistant Conductor Orchestra, Cox has a range of responsibilities 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 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.
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