Our faculty are excellent and dedicated.

The Woodwind Performance Institute faculty is made up of University of Dayton faculty as well artists and performers from professional organizations, providing a well-rounded learning experience.

Cleo Leung

Coordinator of Woodwind Performance Institute, University of Dayton Faculty

Cleo Leung is the coordinator of the Woodwind Performance Institute at the University of Dayton. In addition to her services at the University of Dayton as an adjunct flute instructor and director of the flute ensemble, she is also a freelance performer and teacher in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky areas.

Wallis Vore

University of Dayton Faculty

Wallis Vore, D.M.A., is a prominent freelance musician in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky. She performs regularly with The Dayton Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony, and The Blue Ash Symphony. 

Kristen Smith

University of Dayton Faculty

Kristen Smith is associate professor of bassoon at the University of Dayton. She is also second bassoon in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra where she has performed for several years.

Willie Morris

University of Dayton Faculty

Willie Morris holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University, a Master of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia, Spain, the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference and at other regional conferences. At the University of Dayton Willie teaches saxophone performance and is the director of the Dayton Jazz Ensemble. 

David Sievers

University of Dayton Faculty

Dr. David Sievers holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Washington State University, a Master of Music degree from Boise State University, and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. He is an Artist-in-Residence of voice at the University of Dayton where he teaches private voice and related coursework. He also co-directs the UD Opera Workshop.

Minnita Daniel-Cox

Coordinator of Vocal Performance Institute, University of Dayton Faculty

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox attended Bowling Green State University where she majored in Music Performance. Upon completion of her baccalaureate studies, she attended The University of Michigan where she received her Master of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees.