Artistic: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: July 2, 2019

Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has appointed three musicians, effective with the start of the 2019-20 season: JAKE FEWX as principal tuba, JOSH COTE as principal French horn, and SHANE ILER as associate principal French horn.

Originally from Sherwood, Oregon, Jake Fewx earned a bachelor’s degree in tuba performance from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in musical arts from Yale University. Fewx has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Now, and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has also performed in groups including the Mel Brown Jazz Orchestra, Mod Brass, and the Patriot Concert Brass of New York City. Most recently, Fewx has joined the New York-based sextet, the Brass Project. As a soloist, Fewx has earned awards for performance at several competitions, and won first prize in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Solo Competition in 2018. He was selected as a winner of Yale’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, the first tubist to receive the prize.

Josh Cote, a native of Chicago, has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, and Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Spoleto USA Festival, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. Cote studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, in Oslo with Froydis de Wikre, and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was a horn fellow at the New World Symphony. After serving as fourth horn of the Sarasota Orchestra and principal horn of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Philadelphia, where he maintains a private studio and is resident horn teaching artist for Play On, Philly, which provides music education for underserved children.

Shane Iler received a master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Mike Hatfield and Rick Seraphinoff. After graduating, he furthered his studies with Denise Tryon of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Iler regularly performs with regional orchestras including the Richmond Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, and Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as principal horn of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Iler is an avid chamber musician, performing with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and Georgetown Woodwind Quintet. He currently resides in Alexandria and teaches students of district and state bands.

Posted July 2, 2019