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Roderick Cox is One of the Few African American Conductor in the U.S.

March 25, 2019

As one of the few African American conductors in the United States with positions at known orchestras, Roderick Cox is on the national and international spotlight.

Cox started on as assistant conductor in June 2015. He was bumped to associate in September 2016. Before moving to Minnesota, he was assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Cox grew up surrounded by church music, in school he took French horn because he wanted the challenge of being one of the few people that played such a particular instrument. Later, during graduate school at Northwestern, he decided to turn to conduct. Cox was fascinated by the idea of learning all the different instruments; how they function and how to get good quality sound of different players.

Cox has led critically acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra subscription concerts, helped relaunch the Johannesburg Philharmonic in South Africa, led concerts in Washington, D.C. for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and appeared with many orchestras across the nation.