Dr. Edward Dixon, conductor and cellist, has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe and has worked in the Hollywood recording studios. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California and his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Formerly on the music faculties of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Central Washington University, and Whitman College, Dr. Dixon now divides his retirement between managing the Walla Walla Symphony and concertizing in the Pacific Northwest.
A frequent performer, he has appeared as cello soloist with the Yakima, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and Mid-Columbia Symphonies among others and has most recently participated in the Siletz Bay and McCall Music Festivals. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1987. Dr. Dixon has been principal cellist of the Walla Walla Symphony since 1991, the Mid-Columbia Symphony since 2010 and the Washington-Idaho Symphony in 2013-14.
In addition to his work with the Whitman College Symphony, Dr. Dixon has conducted the Walla Walla, Mid-Columbia, Washington-Idaho and Oregon East Symphonies and was the music director for the Walla Walla Symphony’s Mares n Music concerts. Dr. Dixon also served seven times as conductor for the Walla Walla Community College summer musical productions staged in the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater.