Jeff Cox is a music director, conductor, and pianist based in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently, Jeff served as assistant music director for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s 2015 summer season, playing in the orchestras of West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, and the new North American production of Saturday Night Fever. He is a member of the AMDA faculty, and he has worked as a music director, pianist, copyist, arranger, and orchestrator on a number of concerts and readings in New York City.
A proponent of new music, Jeff actively collaborates with composers and writers in various styles, including musical theatre, pop, and country. He works regularly with songwriter and composer Michael Mott, serving as music director, copyist and more in concerts of Michael’s music. In the spring of 2014, Jeff music directed, conducted, and co-orchestrated the premiere of Far From Canterbury, a new contemporary musical by award-winning composer Danny K. Bernstein.
Jeff also has a significant background in jazz, having performing experience in both collegiate and professional settings. As a member of the Cornell University Jazz Ensemble, Jeff participated in master classes by artists such as Rufus Reid, and his 17-piece arrangement of I Got Rhythm was performed by the ensemble. Jeff co-founded Cornell’s Northstar Trio Jam Session and served as host and house pianist, playing a weekly trio set and performing with professional jazzers from around the area.
Jeff’s experience in educational theatre includes work as music director and course instructor for the Hangar Theatre’s Next Generation program, Broadway Bootcamp Ithaca, and Running to Places Theatre Company. While a graduate assistant at Ithaca College, Jeff coached and accompanied B.F.A. candidates and music students in various classroom and performance environments. He has played piano, organ, and synthesizer for musicals and operas at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and SUNY Cortland.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in conducting from Ithaca College.