MICHAEL COX 23, born in Skokie, Illinois, is a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Toby Oft. Prior to his graduate studies, Michael Cox completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, and Randy Hawes. Mr. Cox has been a substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Northwest Festival Orchestra. Mr. Cox was also selected as a finalist in the 2017 International Trombone Festival's Frank Smith Tenor Trombone Competition. This is his first summer at Music Academy of the West.