Fairfax High School

Upcoming Events

  • Wed, Feb 21:  Pre-Performance Assessment Concert – FHS Auditorium, 7:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 24:  All-Virginia Orchestra Auditions – JMU, all day
  • Thurs-Sat, Mar 15-17: VBODA Performance Assessment – Westfield High School, TBA
  • Thurs-Sat, Apr 5-7: All Virginia Orchestra @ James Madison University
  • Fri, Apr 13: Solo & Ensemble Festival @ Liberty MS
  • Thur, May 24: Spring Concert – FHS Auditorium, 7:00pm
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Gerald Fowkes
Director of Orchestras

Fairfax High School

María José Padmore
FHS Orchestra Boosters 


Gerald Fowkes
Gerald Fowkes is currently Director of Orchestras at Fairfax High School and the newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the McLean Youth Orchestra.  Prior to his tenure at Fairfax he taught in Prince William County Schools where his orchestras consistently received Superior ratings at District Orchestra Assessment and national festivals throughout the Eastern Seaboard.  As a former member of the artistic staff of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, Mr. Fowkes was the conductor of the Concert Orchestra from 2005-2016.  In the summer of 2016 he joined the artist faculty as the orchestra director of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute. He has had the distinct honor of conducting All-County Orchestras in Albemarle, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties and the 2014 VBODA District X Senior Honor Orchestra and 2016 VBODA South East Regional Chamber Orchestra.  In addition, he is a frequent guest conductor at the JMU Spring String Thing and regularly serves as an adjudicator for various VBODA district orchestra assessments throughout the Commonwealth.  

Mr. Fowkes is a 2001 graduate of Louisiana State University where he graduated summa cum laude in Cello Performance.  His former teachers and mentors include Dennis Parker, Loran Stephenson, Wesley Baldwin and Pamela Frame.  In addition, he has studied conducting with Jindong Cai, Michael Butterman and Donald Peterson and participated in master classes with cellists Gary Hoffman, Aldo Parisot, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, and Paul Katz, amongst others.  A product of Prince William County Schools, he is an alumnus of both the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and the American Youth Philharmonic and a past Virginia Governor's Scholar at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. A former member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, he performs frequently as a freelance cellist throughout the Baltimore/Washington metro area having performed with the Virginia, Fairfax, and McLean Orchestras amongst others.

A Prince William County resident, Mr. Fowkes was selected as the 2014 Dale City Civic Association Teacher of the Year and a past nominee for the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Award.  He maintains a private cello studio at his home where he resides with his wife, Becky, daughters, Scout, Ellie, and Mason, and son, Isaak.