The Roderick Cox Music (RCMI) Initiative began in 2019 as a program to nurture the next generation of musicians and conductors ages 12-18 through music scholarships to underserved youth of color in the Twin Cities. Each scholarship is given to a promising student who aspires to have a future in classical music. Funds from the RCMI are designated for summer camps, instrument repair/purchases, advanced training programs, private lessons, and mentorship by Roderick Cox and professional musicians in the area. The goal of RCMI is to help make the pathway for young musicians of color a little easier by alleviating financial burden, and providing the necessary networking and training needed to be a successful musician.

RCMI awarded $35,000 in 2020 and 2021 and has partnered with WalkerWest Music Academy and MacPhail Center for Music.

 

 

 

 

2021 RCMI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Walker West Music Academy
Asla Hashel (viola) 12th grade, Rachel Hashel (violin) 8th grade, Thomas Bates (violin) 6th grade,
Kamau Rodriguez-Pegg (violin) 7th grade, Wacheke Njoroge (violin) 9th grade, Ream Hashel  (violin) 11th grade

MacPhail Center for Music
J’Kwon Anderson (violin) 9th grade, Marley Christian (cello) 10th grade, Dontevion Wilson (violin) 9th grade

 

2020 RCMI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Walker West Music Academy
Rachel Hashel (13)/violin, Asia Hashel (16)/viola, Thomas Bates (11), violin, Ariam Hashel (18) viola

MacPhail Center for Music
Dontevion Wilson (13)/ violin, Marley Christian (14)/ cello, J’Kwon Anderson (13)/ violin

 

Conducting Life Documentary

The Story

The Conducting Life documentary, filmed over 7 years by filmmaker Diane Moore, follows the musical and personal journey of conductor Roderick Cox from his childhood in Macon, Georgia into the classical musical world, observing firsthand what it takes to succeed at the highest levels in the intensively competitive profession of orchestral conducting.

 

More about Conducting Life Documentary: https://conductinglife.com
More about Roderick Cox: http://www.roderickcox.com

 

Learn about RCMI Educational Partners

Walker West Music Academy: https://www.walkerwest.org
Macphail Music Center: https://www.macphail.org