Knox received the B.F.A. in music from the University of Georgia where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He studied composition with Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University where he received the M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he was a member of the faculty for 30 years.
Charles Knox is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the American Composers Forum; the Society of Composers, Inc.; and the American Music Center.
Charles Knox was the recipient of the 2001 Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts
(Award in Music) from the City of Atlanta, Georgia (USA).