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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: an Exploration of Black Composers with soprano Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox & pianist Kathryn Goodson

April 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

soprano, Minnita Daniel-Cox, and pianist Kathryn Goodson

Soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox

& Pianist Kathryn Goodson

I Know Why The Caged Bird sings:
an exploration of black composers

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 at 2:00 pm

“I sing my song and all is well.”
~Paul Laurence Dunbar

Kerrytown Concert House is honored to present acclaimed soprano and Paul Laurence Dunbar specialist, Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, with pianist Kathryn Goodson in a recital of art songs and arias featuring the works of groundbreaking and celebrated Black composers such as Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Betty Jackson King, Adolphus Hailstork, and more!

Art Song in the intimate setting of Kerrytown Concert House offers a special opportunity to hear world-class artists in a living room setting. Please join us for what we know will be a compelling afternoon of music with two wonderful artists!

KCH’s Classical Salon presentations are generously supported in part by Genre Underwriters, Maurice & Linda Binkow.

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano
Dr. Kathryn Goodson, piano
Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

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

In 2014, Dr. Daniel-Cox established the Dunbar Music Archive and has presented her research for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, 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 over $350,000 in funding for her Dunbar work, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants and a Mellon Foundation grant for the Dunbar Project.

Dr. Daniel-Cox is an active member of the African American Art Song Alliance, National Association of Negro Musicians, National Association of Teachers of Singing 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.

Dr. Daniel-Cox regularly appears with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Society of Dayton. Recently, 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.

She is currently the 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 coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school-aged singers.

Get to know the artist: Dr. Minnita Daniel Cox shares her research on the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and discusses his influence on song and operatic repertoire. Click here to read more.

Dr. Kathryn Goodson, piano

kathryn goodson

KATHRYN GOODSON, collaborative pianist, teacher and coach, has enjoyed an international career and also called Ann Arbor home for three decades. Called “générateur de couleurs et de lumières” by the Journal de Genève, she commands repertoire ranging from baroque through contemporary and improvisatory genres. She collaborates with vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, a range of dance disciplines, and orchestral ensembles. Goodson has served as pianist-coach at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance since 2002.

She returns annually in the same capacity to the George Shirley Vocal Competition and other seminars. Additional experience with Vocal Repertoire by Black Composers includes recording for the 2nd Willis Patterson anthology, and recording and assisting Louise Toppin and Scott Piper with edits for the 2022 African Diaspora anthology. Goodson’s signature endeavors include giving masterclasses in American Art Song in Germany and Songs4Winds in the U.S.; co-founding and directing Concert4aCause; serving as original pianist for Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Kinderconcerts; and organizing multiple Charles Ives Music Festivals in Germany and the U.S.

Of many recording projects, Goodson notably curated, played and produced Belle Nuit, a Navona release of “sparkling heights” (American Record Guide), featuring saxophonists Donald Sinta and Timothy McAllister, hornist Gail Williams and bass trombonist Randall Hawes in lyrical French repertoire. Dr. Goodson received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and master and doctoral degrees in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan. As a Fulbright Scholar she received the Konzertexam in Liedgestaltung with highest honors from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany. Her principal teachers were Martin Katz, Harmut Höll, Mitsuko Shirai and Robert Shannon.

COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts

  • Masks are welcome and available as needed.
  • Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.


April 2, 2023
2:00 pm
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