about Paul

Paul views his work as an administrator, scholar, teacher, and musician as integrally related. He approaches each role with the same goal of creating deeply meaningful experiences for students and audiences alike. 

Today as Dean of Creative Arts at Cuyahoga Community College, he oversees eight academic programs, an extensive arts preparatory academy and a performing arts series and Jazz Festival: Tri-C Presents and Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. 

Cox previously taught at Oberlin, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western Reserve University, where he was a SAGES fellow and Director of the Case Percussion Group, a touring ensemble known for its performance of new works composed for newly invented instruments.

From 2012-13 he served as Director of Sitka Fest, a summer-long arts and culture festival supported by a prestigious NEA "Our Town" Grant that featured a TEDx conference, theater, music and dance performances, exhibitions, lectures and classes for all ages in Sitka, Alaska.

In 2011, he earned a Ph.D. from CWRU after completing his dissertation, Collaged Codes: John Cage’s Credo in US.” He is currently working on a related book project on Cage's early collaborations with the choreographer Merce Cunningham.

From 1996-2004, Cox served as the Assistant Curator of Music at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he was also the co-director of the internationally acclaimed Aki Festival of New Music (three-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming). During his tenure, he worked closely with acclaimed organist Karel Paukert (CMA curator of music) on the production of over nine hundred concerts and lectures.

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.), Cox was a fellow at Yale's Norfolk New Music Festival and completed additional studies at the Aspen Music School, the Royal College of Music (London) and Rice University.

He lives in Cleveland with his wife, the violist Kirsten Docter, two boys, Benjamin and Sebastian and two cats, Stefano and Atticus.