Declan Wilcox

Boulder, Colorado

Yale University – Master of Music, ’23
University of Colorado – Bachelor of Music Performance, Bachelor of Music Education, ’21

Terri and Jerry Belver Chair

Declan Wilcox is a bass trombonist based in New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Wilcox regularly performs with ensembles such as Symphoria: The Orchestra of Central New York, the Greenwich Choral Society, and others. He was a finalist in the 2020 American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, Division III, and a finalist in the University of Colorado Honors Concerto Competition in both 2020 and 2021. Mr. Wilcox’s principal teachers include Scott Hartman and William Stanley.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I sometimes feel that the trombone repertoire is a little limited, so I like to find great music from a wide variety of genres and arrange it for trombone quartet. It helps me develop my ear, gives trombonists access to more styles than we’re typically used to, and it is lots of fun!

Name three of your favorite composers:
Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Gustav Mahler

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Hiking and rock climbing!

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I am very excited to dig into the huge amount of repertoire this summer! We are playing some of my favorite pieces, such as Shostakovich 5 and Prokofiev 5, and I am really excited to perform those pieces and many many others!