Douglas D. Cox, Music Director, brings a wealth of experience to the Frederick Chorale as a conductor, singer, and producer. As Assistant Conductor and a tenor vocalist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band, Mr. Cox toured nationally throughout the continental United States, and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Far East.
Mr. Cox has performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Pops, the London Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic Orchestras, under the direction of the late Maestro Erich Kunzel. He has also soloed with the Charlotte and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, under Maestro Albert-George Schram. Other notable collaborations were with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor; the National Symphony Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch, conductor; and the Richmond Symphony, with George Manahan on the podium.
For 15 years Mr. Cox led the Field Band’s premier eight-voice Vocal Arts Ensemble, specializing in virtuosic a cappella repertoire of the Euro-American traditions. He has produced and conducted music on three choral “legacy” CD recordings by the Soldiers’ Chorus: The Legacy of Randall Thompson (producer and conductor), The Legacy of Aaron Copland (produced), and The Legacy of Nadia Boulanger (produced).
Mr. Cox holds the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Wichita State University, and the Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College. His early mentors were Harrison Boughton, and Vernon Yenne. Later studies in voice with Thomas Houser, and in conducting with Don Neuen (UCLA & Crystal Cathedral), Axel Theimer (VoiceCare Network), Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir), and the late Paul Salamunovich (Los Angeles Master Chorale) have enriched his formal music education. When combined with his long and varied performing career, Mr. Cox has cultivated a broad expertise in the choral arts and its communicative power. He also holds the position of Artistic Director of the Chester River Chorale, in Chestertown, MD.