Short Bio

Armando Fox (Music Director; has done over 20 shows in 20 years at Altarena, most recently Ruthless in 2023, and is always happy to be back. Indeed, some of the musicians in Pal Joey worked with him on his very first Altarena show back in 2004 (Company)! He’s also worked at CCCT, Custom Made Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, and elsewhere, and has received numerous awards and nominations for his music direction. This is his second collaboration with Laura Morgan. 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 ( By day he is a computer science professor at UC Berkeley.

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 Pophis 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.