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.
In 2014 Dr. Daniel-Cox established the Dunbar Music Archive after extensive research regarding the musical settings of texts by poet and Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar. She has presented her archival research for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Opera Association (NOA), College Music Society, Society for American Music, 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. She has performed Dunbar Archive repertoire recitals in venues across the United States including the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, University of Puget Sound, Ohio Northern University, Central Michigan University, Detroit Musicians Association, Taylor University, and Hanover University with a recital tour in Stara Zagora, Haskovo, and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Dr. Daniel-Cox has received two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to plan and implement interdisciplinary curriculum based on Dunbar’s work and legacy. In addition to receiving extensive research funding from the University of Dayton, Dr. Daniel-Cox is also a grant recipient of the Mellon Foundation for the recording of Highlights of the Dunbar Music Archive, volume 1 with Albany records.
Dr. Daniel-Cox is an active member of the African American Art Song Alliance, National Association of Negro Musicians, NATS, and is an alumna of the NATS Intern Program. She serves on the board of the NOA and is Co-Chair of the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Initiative for the National Opera Association.
A performing scholar with roots firmly planted in American Music, her notable roles include Leonora in the world premiere of the opera Witness by Zae Munn, and Irene in the world premiere of James P. Johnson's The Dreamy Kid, which the Ann Arbor News described as “compelling and beautifully sung.” 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 Dayton Opera and Bach Society of Dayton.
In addition to her stage work, she has won numerous awards as a concert artist including The American Traditions Competition (finalist), the Hartford Memorial Scholarship Competition and the Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition. She is also a two-time recipient of the Sigurd I. Rislov & Jarmila H. Rislov Award.
As a dedicated educator, Dr. Daniel-Cox has taught music courses or applied voice for programs at Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and within the award-winning music program at Grosse Pointe South High School. She began her tenure at the University of Dayton in 2009 as an Artist-in-Residence and is currently Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area where she teaches applied lessons and music courses, serves as Artistic Director of the yearly musical/opera productions, and coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school-aged singers.