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About Minnita

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, a native of Columbus, Ohio, attended Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, and the University of Michigan, where she earned both her Master of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees.



Dr. Daniel-Cox founded the Dunbar Music Archive in 2014 and has presented her research for the African American Art Song Alliance, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Opera Association (NOA), College Music Society, Society for American Music, National Association of Negro Musicians, National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Song Collaborators Consortia, Ohio Music Education Association, and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. 

Dr. Daniel-Cox has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities grants and a Mellon Foundation grant to expand this research with the Dunbar Initiative at the University of Dayton.  

An offshoot of her Dunbar research, My Sister's Keeper" was established in 2018. This team of performing scholars specializes in the work African American women composers performed through the lens of African American women. My Sister's Keeper  has been presented for the African American Art Song Alliance, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, National Association of Negro Musicians, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Opera Association. 

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, 

Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell

Dr. Marcía Porter, and 

Dr. Rosalyn Wright Floyd 

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As an active musician within the thriving arts community of Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas, Dr. Daniel-Cox has appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Society of Dayton. In recent seasons she has performed the roles of Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul and Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera. She is regularly featured in broadcasts with for WDPR Discover Classical and was most recently featured in Dayton Opera's "Postcards from Dayton" video project.

Visit her youtube channel here.

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Dr. Daniel-Cox is Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton where she teaches applied lessons and music courses, serves as Artistic Director of the yearly musical/opera productions, coordinates the Dayton Opera Apprentice Program, and co-coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school-aged musicians.

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