Rachel Cox, violinist and violist, has performed with the Naples Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra since 1998, holding the positions of principal viola, acting assistant and principal second violin, and acting assistant concertmaster. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Walter Trampler, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from IMPAC University in Punta Gorda, Florida. Performance credits include a performance in Carnegie Hall under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, broadcasts on WGBH-FM “Off the Record” program, guest artist at the 2006 Ohio Federation of Music convention, and two PBS nationwide broadcasts as a member of the Naples Philharmonic under the direction of Erich Kunzel. In 2002, Rachel started the music scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University that ultimately led to the formation of the Bower School of Music.
Rachel has published six books on Ohio and U.S. history, which are used in schools, libraries, and colleges throughout the country. In addition, she published her first novel in 2008, The Horror Within (ISBN# 9781434369949). Rachel’s newest book is A New Era: A History of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, which was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that orchestra and is the basis of a short documentary. She is the author of Ecce Cecilia, a poem set to music for chorus and orchestra by Paul Richards in honor of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary celebration. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Rachel currently resides in Cape Coral.