Assistant Professor of Voice, Director of Lyric Theatre
Amanda Cox is an instructor of voice at Houghton College and the director of music and worship at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied voice with Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh, and received her Master of Music degree in May 2003. That summer, Amanda attended the University of Miami Salzburg Program in Salzburg, Austria. In April of 2003, she won the Pinellas Opera League Scholarship Competition in Tampa, Florida, and played the role of the Queen of the Night in the University of Miami’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She was also seen as the soprano soloist in the Christmas 2002 production of Handel’s Messiah with the Miami Civic Chorale and Orchestra. Amanda was heard in recital at the spring 2003 conference of The College Music Society, performing new music by Dr. Dennis Kam. In 2002 she premiered the role of Violetta in Thomas Sleeper’s new opera Small Change.
Amanda received her undergraduate degree from Houghton College in 2001, where she studied voice with Dr. Ben King, and played the roles of Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Sister Angelica in The Three Hermits by Stephen Paulus, and Angelica in Moliere’s farce The Imaginary Invalid. Amanda is also active in community theatre, having most recently played the roles of Maria in The Sound of Music with The Short Tract Town Theatre and Amalia in She Loves Me with The Valley Theatre.
Amanda and her husband Mike have two precious children, a daughter named Evelyn, and a son named Grayson.
Amanda Kristin Cox made her off-Broadway debut in February 2020 as Mrs. Patrick in A Man of No Importance with Bookworm Theatrics at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in Manhattan. In February 2021 Amanda starred as Hannah the Hound in the web series USUCC: a Websical with HOCACA TV. She also recently worked with Virtual Venue Theatricals on two productions, playing Detective Case in A Killer Party and Juliette in Peace, Love, and Cupcakes. Her other recent roles include Bette Midler in The Girl with the Red Hair with Face to Face Films, Amalia in She Loves Me with The Valley Theatre, and Cinderella in Into the Woods with The Town Theatre of Short Tract. Amanda’s voice-over work is heard in A Speedy Conclusion by Stephen Lomer, as part of the Backstage Sound Stories Competition.
Amanda holds degrees from the University of Miami and Houghton College. She is a member of AGMA and NATS, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre at Houghton College. Amanda and her wonderful husband Mike have two precious children, Evelyn and Grayson.
Honors and Awards
- Winner: Pinellas Opera League Competition, Tampa, Florida
- Pi Kappa Lamda National Music Honor Society
- Presser Scholar (Houghton College)
Courses & Ensembles Taught
Assistant Professor of Voice – Private voice lessons
Director of Lyric Theatre – Directing Lyric Theatre productions (musical theatre, opera, plays)