Jeff Cox is a music director, conductor, and pianist based in the Central New York area. He currently serves as assistant music director at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Jeff’s other regional credits include work for the Hangar Theatre (Titanic, dir. Don Stephenson) and Cortland Repertory Theatre. In the spring of 2014, Jeff musically 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, where he worked with students from 8 to 18 years old. While a graduate assistant at Ithaca College, Jeff vocal 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.