Concert Orchestra Conductor
Gerald Fowkes is a 2001 graduate of Louisiana State University where he graduated summa cum laude in Cello Performance. His former teachers and mentors include Dennis Parker, Loran Stephenson, Wesley Baldwin and Pamela Frame. In addition, he has studied conducting with Jindong Cai and Michael Butterman and participated in master classes with cellists Gary Hoffman, Aldo Parisot, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, and Paul Katz, amongst others. A product of Prince William County Schools, he is an alumnus of both the Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW) and the American Youth Philharmonic and a past Virginia Governor's Scholar at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. A former member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, he performs frequently as a freelance cellist throughout the Baltimore/Washington metro area having performed with the Virginia, Fairfax, and McLean Orchestras amongst others.
Mr. Fowkes is currently the Director of Orchestras at Fairfax High School. Prior to his tenure at Fairfax he taught at Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge Sr. High School and Stonewall Middle School where his orchestras consistently received Superior ratings at District Orchestra Assessment and national festivals on the Eastern seaboard. For the past 9 years Mr. Fowkes has served as a member of the artistic staff of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, presently as conductor of the Concert Orchestra. He has had the distinct honor of conducting All-County Orchestras in Fauquier, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties and the 2014 VBODA District X Senior Honor Orchestra. In addition Mr. Fowkes was invited to guest conduct at the 2010 JMU Spring String Thing. He regularly serves as an adjudicator for various VBODA district orchestra assessments throughout the Commonwealth. Most recently Mr. Fowkes was selected as the 2014 Dale City Civic Association Teacher of the Year and a nominee for the Washington Post's Agnes Meyer Award. He maintains a private cello studio at his home where he resides with his family.