Chris Wilcox has been the magic behind the Scotia Festival of Music and the Music Room for more than 40 years now. His passion for the music and the people involved is now legend in Halifax and beyond. Chris is the Managing and Artistic Director of the organization and he is a natural leader for chamber music in Halifax.
Chris studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus, Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1962 and this began a life-long friendship. He played clarinet with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra before eventually moving into management and leadership roles starting the Scotia Festival of Music in 1980 with Robert Marcellus as Artistic Director. From 1989-1992 Chris was the Artistic and Managing Director of Music Toronto, which was Canada’s largest presenter of chamber music at that time.
Chris has sat on many Boards including: The Canadian Association of Youth Orchestras, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Upstream and the Symphony Musicians trust fund – a three-man Board, that, after the collapse of the Atlantic Symphony, kept orchestra music alive and helped give birth to Symphony Nova Scotia. Chris sat on Canada Council juries eleven times and has been awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree in Civil Laws from the University of King’s College.
His passion for chamber music, his giving personality, along with his considerable administrative and leadership skills have enabled the people of Halifax to enjoy some of the finest chamber music available anywhere.
When not planning for the festival, overseeing the Music Room’s chamber music series or running car raffles, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on road trips around gorgeous Nova Scotia and walking by the ocean with her two beautiful Shelties.