Dr. Jerry McCoy - University of North Texas
Dr. Jerry McCoy is in his eleventh year as Director of Choral Studies and Professor of Music at the University of North Texas where he conducts the A Cappella Choir, the North Texas Chamber Choir and the Grand Chorus, teaches graduate choral conducting and advanced choral techniques, and guides the choral studies program consisting of nine performance choirs. He is also Music Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, one of the foremost volunteer choruses in Texas. He is national president of the 18,000-member American Choral Directors Association, a member of the INTERKULTUR international music advisory board (the administrating entity for the World Choir Games), and a member of the editorial board of the Choral Scholar. For six years he was founder/music director of the Texas Choral Artist, a professional chamber choir based in Dallas, Texas.
In 2009 he served as chorus master for the Dallas Wind Symphony performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana (with Schola Cantorum of Texas and two UNT choirs). The Dallas Morning News ranked the performances in the top 10 concerts of the year. In 2006, he served as conductor of Bach’s Mass in b Minor with Texas Camerata and Texas Choral Artists, a performance that was hailed as one of the top three classical performances of the year by the Fort Worth Star Telegram. In 2008 he served as chorus master for performances of the Mozart Requiem performed by the Texas Ballet Theatre, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Schola Cantorum of Texas. The concerts were hailed as artistic triumphs.
Dr. McCoy has been a guest conductor for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the Texas Camerata, the renowned Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Incheon City Chorale (South Korea’s foremost professional choir), the Daegu (Korea) City Choir, the Wichita (Kansas) Chamber Chorale, and the Wichita Falls (Texas) Symphony Orchestra. He sang and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in New York City and throughout southern France, and with the Banff (Canada) Festival Chamber Choir led by distinguished Swedish conductor Eric Ericson. His Choirs have given concerts with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Abilene Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Schola Cantorum Festival Orchestra, and numerous university and contract orchestras.
Dr. McCoy is one of America’s most well-respected choral conductors, having conducted all-state, regional, festival, and performance clinics in thirty-six states across the nation. He has served as guest clinician/conductor in Austria, China, England, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela. Guest engagements for 2009-2011 include appearances in China, South Korea (Bucheong and Incheon), Taiwan (Taipei, Jung-Li and Tou-Fen), Colorado, Kansas, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Distinguished appearances by his choirs include refereed performances for the national conventions of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008); the American Choral Directors Association (2005, 1999, 1997); the Association of British Choral Directors (2000); and MENC (1992). In 2004 he led a session for TCDA with the Texas Choral Artists concerning music of South America. Since coming to UNT, his A Cappella choir has twice been honored with invitations to sing for TMEA (2004 and 2010). He was a featured guest conductor/lecturer, with the UNT A Cappella Choir, on the program of the 9th Taipei International Choral Festival in 2009.
Dr. McCoy’s choirs have toured Europe three times, giving concerts at the Salzburger Dom, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin), St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral (London), Chester Cathedral (Chester) and St. Nicolas Church (Prague). He has served as Artist in Residence for universities across the nation including Portland State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Delaware, Western Washington University, Southern Utah University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dr. McCoy sang and recorded throughout the 1990’s with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in New York City and across southern France, and with the Banff (Canada) Festival Chamber Choir led by distinguished Swedish conductor Eric Ericson.
His commercial recordings include releases by Klavier Records (Carmina Burana with the UNT Grand Chorus and Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon, conductor) and GIA Music Publications (Musick’s Empire featuring the UNT A Cappella Choir and the North Texas Chamber Choir, and two companion recordings for Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir), as well as five compact discs produced and released through the UNT College of Music (O Gladsome Light –The UNT Choirs Live in Concert!, peace I leave with you and Imaginings) and the OSU Department of Music (An OSU Christmas and Cantus Gloriosus).
Dr. McCoy holds advanced degrees in choral conducting from The University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has studied in conductor exchange programs in Venezuela, Sweden, and Germany and has attended master classes with Frieder Bernius and Eric Ericson. He is past national chairman of the College and University Repertoire and Standards Committee for the ACDA.
6 Octavos from the Jerry McCoy Choral Series
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