Michael Cox

By EXW Staff
September 04, 2023

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Michael Cox is a composer, conductor, pianist, and educator. With a focus on choral music and church music, Dr. Cox has had a following as a composer for years. In 2009 he retired as Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's School of Church Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern in the fall of 1990, Dr. Cox taught conducting, composition, and music theory at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

As a composer, Dr. Michael Cox has more than 160 published works and has received the Standard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) every year since 1987. He receives numerous commissions and requests for his choral and instrumental music, and was recently honored as the commissioned composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association Conference in May of 1995. In addition to his work as a composer, he has an extensive background in choral and orchestral conducting. He served as director of the Bison Glee Club at Oklahoma Baptist University for 13 years, and was the conductor for the annual Concerto Aria competition featuring OBU students performing with members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Cox has traveled extensively conducting choral clinics accross the country.

Since moving to Fort Worth, Dr. Cox has been guest conductor for the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. He also served as the director of the Southwestern Seminary Men's Chorus.

Dr. Cox received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano performance from Oklahoma Baptist University, the Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Music in composition from Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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