Fox Fehling was born in Iowa City, Iowa. She started playing violin at the age of 9, and by age 15 was soloing with The Cedar Rapids Symphony and The University of Iowa Symphony under James Dixon. Her teacher was Allen Ohmes. Fox moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, where she studied with Rafael Bronstein and won the Mischa Elman Award. That led to a tour of Italy with Joseph Seiger, Elman’s accompanist.
She then studied at Juilliard with Dorothy DeLay, and played in many festivals, including The Meadowbrook School of Music with James Levine, The Spoleto Festival (Italy), and The Aspen Music Festival
Ms. Fehling played in The Orlando Symphony and The Lyric Opera Orchestra (as Assistant Principal Second Violin), before Sir George Solti appointed her to The Chicago Symphony in 1979. In 1994, while on a one- year sabbatical from the CSO, she served as assistant concertmaster with The Bergen Philharmonic in Bergen, Norway.
In Chicago, Fox has played in Music of the Baroque (1986-present), Bach Week in Evanston (1972-2000), and for 20 years was concertmaster and featured soloist with The Loyola Chamber Orchestra.
From 1994-2000, Fox was resident violinist in the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival in Enterprise, Oregon. In the ’80s, she was the fiddler for the CS Okies, a Bluegrass/Western Swing band made up of members of the CSO. She also played many school concerts with her string trio as part of the CSO’s community education programs, bringing great classical music to thousands of schoolchildren.
Fox played on a CD of tangos in a quartet with former CSO concertmaster Ruben Gonzales. Ms. Fehling performs on a 1730 Mateo Gofriller violin formerly owned by Jascha Heifetz.