Leave it to Cleaver Special Guest Sunday July 31:Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox (Wow!)

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Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

A native of Columbus, Ohio, 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 Doctor 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”.

This year, Dr. Daniel-Cox performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Society of Dayton, and debuted with the Dayton Opera in the role of Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She has appeared with the University of Dayton, Yellow Springs, Flint, Ann Arbor and South Bend Symphony Orchestras as well as the Defiance and Packard Symphonic Bands. Her collaboration with Herbert Martin, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar has been performed across the U.S. and has lead to the establishment of the Dunbar Multicultural Series and the Dunbar Music Archive.

Dr. Daniel-Cox has 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. Dr. Daniel-Cox is Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton where she teaches applied lessons, music courses, coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school aged singers.

 

 

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Meg Hutchinson

IMG_20160716_133039_954IMG_20160716_133732_868 Every now and then I will contribute something to a Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign, sometimes to support someone who is up against a tough challenge or an artist who is trying to get a project completed.

Somehow Meg’s campaign came through my Facebook feed and after listening to her music, I gave a small amount to her campaign..enough I guess to get a signed copy of her new CD, How Many Miles…it’s an amazing CD.

Meg has an extraordinary voice and story. She is not only a talented musician (singer-songwriter) but is also, due to her own mental illness,  an advocate for mental heath literacy. A film was made about her life called Pack Up Your Sorrows. I highly recommend her music.

Check out her song:

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From Where I Stand

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Recent events have caused me to repost this, because it seems right now, we live in a senseless and unaware world, in which lives (especially black lives in this country) are taken easily, in which we gloat over murdering world leaders, rape charges are minimized for the elite, in which 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014..and the list goes on..what we are seeing is the result of a world that is out of balance. In which fear outweighs compassion, money overrules human rights and in which the very planet we live on is treated as disposable.

I do not see change coming from the top..as a matter of fact it never really starts there…we may want it to, but the infrastructure that supports our leaders is made up of fear and greed. It is built on a foundation of that…our history was written by those who dominated while many other voices were drowned out. Now as some of those voices seek to be heard, our reaction is often to turn the other way, deny..as if what is said is a direct condemnation of our lives…when indeed it offers the opportunity for redemption. The reaction is often to dim or extinguish the light or silence the voice, rather than welcome what it illuminates.

We are not post racism…post discrimination…post hate…because we are not post fear. The answer is not in one more Starbucks, the creation of a new reality show, or indeed, even the promises made to get elected. We cannot afford more wars, more walls, more weapons, more greed..it is that simple. The seeds of war bloom over generations…

I hear and read of the fears and isolation that people are feeling right now.. and on my worse days, I go there as well. It is a crowded space right now.

We need to create spaces of hope. To build places in which people can congregate to build compassion. Many of our churches have lost this vision, in search of worldly gains..or not all are welcome at the table. We need a new table that welcomes all.

“Alone, we are isolated, open to persecution, abuse, violence and our own pain. Together, we are a powerful force of people, who have, despite any reason to tell us otherwise, remained with some particle of hope, some seed of a compassionate world..together we are undeniably strong..and they know that.”

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