Minnita Daniel-Cox

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-4970
  • Location: FH 470

Minnita Daniel-Cox

Assistant Professor; Voice Area Coordinator; Opera Workshop Director

  • Full-Time Faculty


A native of Columbus, OH, Dr. Daniel-Cox attended Bowling Green State University where she majored in Music Performance. Upon completion of her baccalaureate studies, she attended The University of Michigan where she received her Master of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees.

It was at BGSU that Ms. Daniel-Cox, for the first time, experienced the thrill of the lyric stage. Two of her notable roles include "Leonora" in the world premiere of the opera Witness by Zae Munn, and "Irene" in the world premier of James P. Johnson's The Dreamy Kid, which the Ann Arbor news described as "compelling and beautifully sung."

In addition to her stage work, she has won numerous competitions including, The American Traditions Competition (finalist), Hartford Memorial Scholarship Competition and the Majorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition. She is also a two time recipient of the Sigurd I. Rislov & Jarmila H. Rislov Scholarship. Dr. Daniel-Cox has appeared with the University of Dayton, Flint, Ann Arbor and South Bend Symphony Orchestras as well as the Defiance and Packard Symphonic Bands.

During her graduate studies, Dr. Daniel-Cox discovered a passion for teaching and 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 currently resides in the central Ohio area where she serves as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton and maintains private studios in Dayton and Yellow Springs. In addition to teaching applied lessons, music courses, and participating in recruitment events, Dr. Daniel-Cox coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute at the University of Dayton and has also volunteered her time as choral director at the Dayton Early College Academy.

In the past year, Dr. Daniel-Cox has presented a recital as a part of the University of Dayton Faculty Artist Series, performed with the Defiance Symphonic band, presented a collaborative recital at the Dayton Art Institute, performed with the Dayton Chamber Music Society, and served as soprano soloist for the prestigious Dayton Bach Society's "Bach to Bach" concert. She has also performed with the Dayton Philharmonic band for the Troy Mayor’s Concert collaborated with photographer Prof. Glenna Jennings to present a mixed media performance focusing on human rights. Her collaboration with Herbert Martin, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings": A celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar has been performed across the US and is currently booking further engagements.

Most recently, Dr. Daniel-Cox has been appointed Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton.