Fred J. Wilcox is an experienced violin/viola teacher and youth orchestra string coach. He has a Master’s Degree in Music from The Ohio State University. His teachers and mentors have included Roberto Diaz, Daniel Foster, Edward Adelson, and Judith Eissenberg. Mr. Wilcox earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Yale University. He has been on the music faculty of the DC Youth Orchestra as a string coach and substitute conductor. He has also taught for the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, the MCYO, and other groups. He taught violin, music theory, and conducted the orchestra at Messiah College.
His orchestral experience includes membership in the viola sections of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Greensboro Symphony, Principal Violist of the Salisbury (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Grantham Oratorio Society. He performs all styles of music and has played in orchestras and bands backing up celebrities including Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Crystal Gayle, and Barry White. He has performed at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. Mr. Wilcox will be performing viola in the March 2015 FCC Faculty Recital series performance of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Mr. Wilcox has performed in Austria as a member of the AIMS Festival Opera Orchestra, he studied conducting at the International String Workshops in Lyons, France, and he toured Europe as a violist in the International Music Program. He has had chamber music coachings with the Guarneri Quartet and he has studied at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Quartet Program.
As an avid health and fitness enthusiast, Mr. Wilcox enjoys gardening and cycling.