Over 200 University of Maine Singers alumni, families and friends from across the U.S., Europe and Canada joined current University of Maine Singers in their spring 2023 concert celebrating longtime director emeritus Dennis Cox at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Hosted by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts, in partnership with the Collins Center for the Arts and the UMaine Alumni Association, the event celebrated the artistic and professional excellence of the University Singers for 35 years under the direction of Dennis Cox, professor emeritus of music, and continuing under current conductor Fran Vogt.
Cox — or “D.C,” as he is called by the UMaine Singers — helped create the powerful experience of friendship, camaraderie and sense of belonging for hundreds of students over his tenure. He led the UMaine Singers in concert tours throughout the eastern U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as at Carnegie Hall and American Choral Director Association Conventions, and collaborations with the Symphony Orchestras in Maine and in Europe. UMaine Singers alumni have gone on to be outstanding and successful leaders in the arts as conductors, music educators, directors, performers, musical vocal rehabilitation therapists and more.The final combined pieces at the 2023 UMaine Singers & Alumni Spring Concert were conducted by Cox. Above all, through the medium of music and the choral experience, the “Tradition of Excellence” is carried forward through the work of current conductor Fran Vogt and thousands of current and former Singers. There is a strong a sense of history, a feeling of belonging, and a deep and tangible love for the University of Maine, the Singers family, and for their conductor “D.C”, who helped create a powerful experience of friendship, camaraderie, and working together toward a meaningful goal, with the absolute belief in the power of doing something essential, beautiful and noble.
The University of Maine Foundation holds the Dr. Dennis K. Cox Fund to support University of Maine Singers.
To make a gift: our.umaine.edu/denniscoxfund.