Geneva, NY-Ronald Cox, an associate professor of music emeritus at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was recently given the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) at their 65th annual conference.
Cox has been a member of NYSSMA for 52 years, and taught in the Rochester, Waterloo, and Newark public schools before coming to Hobart and William Smith in 1968. While at HWS, Cox taught classroom music methods, theory, conducting, and voice and instrumental music. He introduced and co-taught a history of American musical theater colloquium, and conducted The Statesmen, a men's glee club that performed on campus, for the Geneva Rotary Club, and on tours. He also founded the William Smith Singers, the Colleges Community Chorale, and The Seneca Singers. Cox received the HWS Faculty Award for Community Service, and was twice named the Teacher of the Year.
Cox was also active in the local community, serving as coordinator for the Bristol Hills Music Camp, founding the Red Jacket Chorale, and directing music for church choirs in the Geneva and Waterloo areas and for area music theater productions. He currently plays trombone and sings in the big band For Dancers Only, and plays trombone, trumpet, and baritone for the Newark Park band.