Douglas Cox brings a wealth of experience to the Chester River Chorale as conductor, singer, and producer. Previous to this position, Mr. Cox was assistant conductor and tenor vocalist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band. In addition to the Chester River Chorale, he currently serves as Music Director of the Frederick Chorale and as Symphonic Chorus Manager of the National Music Festival.
He is a seasoned performer, having toured nationally in all 49 continental United States, Europe, and the Far East, performing in all imaginable public venues, from the finest concert halls of the world to school gymnasiums and even rodeo arenas. Under the direction of the late Maestro Erich Kunzel, Mr. Cox has performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Pops and the London Symphony and Naples Philharmonic Orchestras. With Maestro Albert-George Schram he was soloist with the Charlotte and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. Other notable collaborations were with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and George Manahan with the Richmond Symphony.
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 three choral “legacy” CD recordings by the Soldiers’ Chorus: The Legacy of Randall Thompson (producer and conductor), The Legacy of Aaron Copland (choral works), and The Legacy of Nadia Boulanger.
Mr. Cox’s early musical mentors were James Kimmel, Harrison Boughton, and Vernon Yenne. Later studies in voice with Thomas Houser, and in conducting with Donald Neuen (UCLA/Crystal Cathedral), Axel Theimer (VoiceCare Network), Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir), and Paul Salamunovich (Los Angeles Master Chorale), when combined with his lifelong experience as a singer, have cultivated a broad expertise in the choral arts and its communicative power. Mr. Cox holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Wichita State University, and the Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College.
Mr. Cox retired from military service as a Sergeant Major. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, and five Army Achievement Medals. He resides in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife, soprano Janet Hjelmgren (U.S. Army Sergeant Major, Retired), and three feline friends who rule the house.