Oboist Benjamin Fox is in high demand as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and teacher in the Boston area. His versatility and virtuosity are showcased in a variety of venues: from Carnegie Hall to retirement homes, rural churches in Panamá to nightclubs in Honolulu, Ben’s joy comes from sharing music with everyone.
For years, Dr. Fox has been Principal Oboist of the Marsh Chapel Collegium, whose performances of cantatas and oratorios by J.S. Bach and Handel reach a worldwide audience via radio and internet broadcasts. He is an active freelancer, frequently appearing with the Bangor Symphony, Portland Symphony, Boston Ballet, Emmanuel Music, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as other orchestras around the country such as the Hawaii, Canton (OH) and Charleston (SC) Symphonies. In addition to his orchestral career, he has presented numerous chamber music recitals at libraries, churches, nursing homes, and schools, collaborating with groups such as the Weston Wind Quintet, Vento Chiaro, New England Chamber Players, and the Boston Zelenka Project. A strong believer in the healing power of music, Ben has also performed in hospitals for bedridden patients and stroke survivors.
Dr. Fox is the oboe instructor at Boston College, St. Anselm College, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Powers Music School, and teaches students in many communities around Boston.
He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University, a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Oberlin College. His principal teachers include John Ferrillo and James Caldwell.
When not performing, teaching, practicing, or making reeds, Ben enjoys an active lifestyle, running, yoga, and swing and blues dancing.