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Dr. Jerry McCoy
Music Director and Conductor
Dr. Jerry McCoy, 2013 winner of the Texas Choral Directors Association’s Choirmaster Award, is in his sixth season as Music Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, one of the foremost volunteer choruses in Texas. He is also Director of Choral Studies and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where he conducts the internationally renowned A Cappella Choir and the Grand Chorus, teaches graduate choral conducting and advanced choral techniques, and guides the choral studies program. He is national chair of the past presidents council of the American Choral Directors Association and a member of the INTERKULTUR advisory board. For six years he was founder/music director of the Texas Choral Artist, a professional chamber choir based in Dallas, Texas.
In 2009 Dr. McCoy 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.
He has served as guest conductor/clinician in thirty-seven US states, in addition to serving in guest roles in Austria, China, Cuba, Great Britain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela. Dr. McCoy’s choirs have sung refereed performances on the programs of four national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (1997, 1999, 2005, 2013). His choirs have also sung for the national conferences of the Association of British Choral Directors (2000), the Music Educators National Conference (1992), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008), and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (1983). In addition, his choirs have given concerts and interest sessions for the Southwestern Division of ACDA (seven times since 1988), the Texas Choral Directors Association (2004 and 2011), and the Texas Music Educators Association (2004 and 2010). Guest engagements for 2013-2015 include appearances in Arkansas, Croatia, Greece, South Korea, California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Texas.
Under his leadership, the UNT A Cappella Choir was featured on the programs of the 9th Taipei (Taiwan) International Choral Festival (2009) and the 2nd Daejeon (Korea) International Choral Festival (2012). In 2011, he served as headliner for the Korean Federation for Choral Music national conference in Gyeongju, South Korea. In addition, his Choirs have given concerts with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Abilene Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Sinfonia, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Tucson (Arizona) Symphony Orchestra, the Schola Cantorum Festival Orchestra, and numerous university orchestras.
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).