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Music/Theater Bio

Short Bio (from Altarena Guys & Dolls program)

Armando Fox (Music Director) clocks in his fourth collaboration with Stewart Lyle (after Rent, Spelling Bee, The Fantasticks, and Man of La Mancha).  During his 3-season hiatus from Altarena, he served as MD for CCCT's In The Heights (TBA Finalist, Music Direction) and Custom Made's Chess (BATCC winner, Music Direction) and Next to Normal (BATCC finalist, Music Direction).  Other Altarena productions include Chicago, Cabaret, and many more, plus original arrangements for Ron Lytle's Oh My Godmother! and The Man Who Saved Christmas.  He reveals his Music Direction secrets at pianoconductor.com.  In his day job, he is an award-winning computer science professor at UC Berkeley.  Thanks to Tonia as always for her love and support. 

Full Bio
Armando Fox is a classically trained (since age 5) pianist who completed pre-conservatory training at the Mannes College of Music, New York (now part of the New School). There he studied piano performance with Michael Boriskin and others, as well as music theory, ear training, ensemble performance, choir, arranging, the whole enchilada. He grew up in New York City and loves the theater; he’s Music Directed about two dozen shows and played in pits for many others. Other theater contributions include original orchestrations for Ron Lytle’s Oh My Godmother! and workshop arrangements for The Man Who Saved Christmas (which were replaced for the CD recording, so the ones on the CD aren’t his work); ambitious reductions (usually to 6 or fewer pieces) of Man of La Mancha, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, and others; and additional original arrangements for Cabaret, Assassins, and others. As far as he knows, he’s the author of the best book on music direction written by a computer scientist and the best computer science textbook written by a music director. He also plays actual 80s vintage synthesizers in the 80s cover band Disposable Pop; his previous cover bands, including Spoon and More at Eleven, have been finalists in MIT’s Battle of the Bands, surely a distinction far more prestigious than the Grammy Awards.
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