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December 28, 2021

Welcome Joel Fox to the Kenilworth Union Staff

Written by: Julia Smolucha

 

Joel Fox was born in Royal Oak, MI and grew up in Deerfield, IL. He graduated from Deerfield High School and then continued on to study music through the Navy School of Music and serving as lead percussionist for the 6th U. S. Army Band, Presidio of San  Francisco. From there, continued his studies at Northern Illinois University, originally as a percussion major, but his interests evolved to favor electronic music and live/studio music recording and production.

In the 1980’s and 90’s he worked as recording engineer for voice artist Ken Nordine and technical assistant to well known commercial music composer Paul Libman. If you happened to see a Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (or Raisin Bran, or Corn Flakes) TV commercial during the 1990’s, you have heard Joel’s work.

In 2003 he started a company, Fox Music Recording, Inc as a service for live recording of acoustic music for local ensembles, churches, and educators. In addition to recording albums for The Lakeside Singers and Chicago Chamber Choir, he has recorded all Kenilworth Union Choral Music Sunday events since 2005.

In 2014 he began working as audio-visual technician for Sunday services at Kenilworth Union and soon joined the staff and began live streaming Sunday Worship Services. When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shutting down Sunday services, Joel began producing and live-streaming the Kenilworth Union Worship each week until live services were resumed. Over the past year he has worked closely with staff and outside vendors to rebuild the entire audio-visual production system at Kenilworth Union Church.

Joel and his wife Dianne have lived in Evanston for 38 years, where they raised their amazing children, Laura and James. He is thrilled to be joining the permanent staff at Kenilworth Union and hopes to to move forward with continued improvements and creativity as the Director of Media Production at Kenilworth Union Church.