A frequent adjudicator and collaborative performer, Darcy McCoy has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Stewart Graduate Performance Grant, Young Artist Grand Prizes from the Lawton Philharmonic and the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, and the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Award for achievement in performance and scholarship. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from The University of Kansas, studying performance with Alice Downs and Jack Winerock. Earning the Bachelor of Music with Distinction from The University of Oklahoma, she studied performance with internationally acclaimed teacher and author Jane Magrath and pedagogy with E.L. Lancaster. While at OU, McCoy was selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Pianist for three consecutive years.
With special research and performance interest in contemporary and Hispanic music, Dr. McCoy has performed as a featured guest artist of the American Association of Retired Persons, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Musical Research Society, Allied Arts and Humanities Council, Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Kansas Center for Latin American Studies, Wichita Historical Society, Wichita State University Center for Women’s Studies, Sigma Alpha Iota, American Guild of Organists (Back to Bach series), and universities and symphony orchestras throughout the Midwest.
An active and versatile collegiate and independent piano teacher and accompanist, Dr. McCoy serves as Part-time Assistant Professor of Music and Staff Accompanist at DePauw University. From 2001 to 2006, she served as Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, developing the keyboard studies and music history curricula along with establishing piano proficiency requirements. From 2000-2001, she served as the Interim Director of Piano Pedagogy and Lecturer in Music at The University of Kansas, which included her co-direction of the Adult Piano Program. She has additionally instructed at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana State University, Midwestern Music Camp Piano Academy, and The University of Oklahoma. McCoy is a member of the College Music Society, Indiana Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda.