Dean, School of Music
Dr. Mark McCoy was appointed Dean of the DePauw School of Music in 2011. With degrees from Shepherd University, the Peabody Conservatory, and Texas Tech University, his diverse educational background includes music education, performance, conducting and composition.
McCoy comes to DePauw after 16 years at Shepherd University, where he led the music program to national and international prominence. Active as a conductor and guest conductor, McCoy served as Conductor and Music Director of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra for four seasons. His conducting career took him though many parts of the United States and Europe, including performances in Spain, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. He led his jazz groups in performances as part of the 2003 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2005.
McCoy has composed operettas, musicals, an opera, many orchestral and wind works, and several soundscores. His soundscore for The Secret Garden, and his musical, Anne of Green Gables, are available through Baker's Plays/Samuel French, and the second edition of his first symphony,—A Symphony for Salem, 1692—is now published by C. Alan Publications. He recently completed a novel, Curtain Music, concerning the relationship of Brahms and the Schumanns.
In 1992, McCoy was presented with the "Teaching Excellence" award and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. He was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota as a "National Arts Associate" for his dedication to excellence in the Arts in 1998, Phi Kappa Phi in 2000, and Phi Beta Mu in 2004. McCoy was honored in International Who's Who In Music and Musicians in the classical and light classical fields in 2001, Who's Who among America's Teachers in 2002, and Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty in 2010. He is a regular visitor and contributor for the National Association of Schools of Music.