Ryan Cox, baritone, has been a member of the the CSO chorus since 2003. Solo appearances on the concert stage include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré, Brahms and Mozart Requiems, Dubois’ Seven Last Words, Mozart's Grabmusik, Pontifex in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and several Bach cantatas. In 2010 he was the baritone soloist in William Schuman’s A Free Song in Grant Park’s “Pulitzer Project,” which was released on the Cedille label. He was recently the bass soloist cover for Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and he has also been featured on the Music Now series, singing the Chicago premiere of Mason Bates’ Sirens. Operatic roles include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. As a boy soprano, he was the soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Michael Tilson-Thomas. He has been a member of the Grant Park Chorus for 10 seasons and currently serves as the music director at First Congregational Church in LaGrange where he is also the Director of the First Conservatory of Music and voice teacher. He is a graduate with honors in two bachelor degrees from Millikin University.
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