Director’s Message

Edward Reid

The University of Arizona's Fred Fox School of Music is an important destination for a rewarding life in music. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are dedicated to the development of your talents. They are equally at home in the classroom, studio, or on the performance stage. Along with one-on-one teaching and mentoring, our performance faculty members regularly appear in solo recitals and/or as guest artists with major opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and many other ensembles. In addition, our academic faculty members author books that are published by the finest scholarly publishing houses, write articles that appear in major music journals, and regularly present papers and other scholarly lectures at significant international conferences.

There are about 400 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a wide variety of degree programs. Our students collectively perform hundreds of solo recitals, chamber and large ensemble concerts, jazz band concerts, and marching band shows each year.

Our future became even brighter this year after the School was renamed after legendary musician Fred Fox. Dr. Fox is a frequent visitor to our building, offering master classes and lessons to students on all instruments. Even at 101 years old, Fred continues to amaze all of us with his knowledge and innate teaching abilities. The new name is a result of a transformational gift from Alan and Daveen Fox of $20,000,000, which will allow us to offer more guests artists, concerts, events, colloquia, scholarship, and much more for our students, faculty, and audiences for years to come.

In May, Sheldon Danielson enriched our program with gifts for both the Graduate String Quintet program and the Jeffrey Haskell Recording Studio. Sheldon’s total gift of $2,000,000 will ensure that our program will maintain a high level of student artistry within our string program, and brings us much closer to finalizing the campaign to raise $1,000,000 for the Recording Studio.

The Fred Fox School of Music, now over 100 years old, houses our two principal concert halls: the 200-seat Alice Y. Holsclaw Recital Hall with a pipe organ built by the Schoenstein Organ Company, and the 534-seat Crowder Hall that features state-of-the-art recording studio connectivity. We are also proud to be an All-Steinway School.

The Fred Fox School of Music is one of four units within the College of Fine Arts, allowing the possibility for all students to develop interdisciplinary projects involving music, art, media arts, theatre arts, and dance. Many of our graduate and advanced undergraduate students successfully audition for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, and other community ensembles. Our graduates have gone on to careers throughout the world as K-12 educators, professors, administrators, recording artists, opera singers, chamber and orchestral musicians, composers, arrangers, and music industry professionals.

If you would like to explore the possibilities of a career in music, we encourage you to join us! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the Fred Fox School of Music.

Edward Reid, Director