Preivous Directors

Dr. Jerry McCoy's concluded his eleventh and final season as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Fort Worth Chorale and Chamber Choir in April 2019.


The 2013 winner of the Texas Choral Directors Association’s prestigious Choirmaster Award, he is also Regents Professor of Music Emeritus for the University of North Texas, where between 2000 and 2015 he led the UNT choral program to national and international acclaim while serving as Director of Choral Studies and conductor of the A Cappella Choir. In 2016/17, he was honored to serve as Visiting Professor of Music at Baylor University where he conducted the Baylor A Cappella Choir and taught graduate choral conducting.

Dr. McCoy has just been announced as one of the Legacy Conductors for the 2019 national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference to be held in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Dr. McCoy has been nominated for a $10,000 grant as part of the national TIAA Difference Makers Program. And, earlier this year, portions of his 2010 TMEA performance with the UNT Cappella Choir were used as a sound track for a new short film titled Combination Fried Rice. The award winning film was part of Tropfest 26 (2018), Australia’s largest and most popular short film festival.

From 2007 to 2015 he served as a member of the National Executive Committee for the 20,000-member ACDA, serving as the organization’s national president from 2009 to 2011. Under his leadership, the ACDA reestablished its International Conductors Exchange Program, which affords vetted, rising American choral conductors opportunities to visit other internationally recognized choral music states across the globe while reciprocally welcoming foreign conductors to the USA to gain an understanding of the American choral music scene.

His graduates have been named to faculty positions in choral music at forty-two universities in the U.S., Mexico, and South Korea, and currently lead fourteen professional choirs in the U.S. and South Korea. Other of his graduates lead outstanding high school programs across Texas and the USA. Many of his graduates hold national, regional, and state positions within the ACDA

Dr. McCoy's work in the international choral community includes appearances in Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Great Britain, Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela. He has been a guest conductor/clinician/adjudicator in forty-one U.S. states. He currently serves on the honorary advisory board of INTERKULTUR (World Choir Games) and has served as the headliner for the national conference of the Korean Federation for Choral Music (Gyeongju), as Jury Panel Chair for the Pusan (South Korea) International Choral Festival, as a member of three jury panels for the World Choir Games (Shaoxing, China; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Graz, Austria) and for Alberta Choral Fest South (Calgary, Canada). He also has served as guest clinician/lecturer for Music I Vasternorrland (the Swedish Choral Directors Association, Sundsvall, Sweden).

His choirs have been featured in vetted performances for the Association of British Choral Directors national conference (Chester, England), the Daejeon (South, Korea) International Choral Festival, the Taipei (Taiwan) International Choral Festival, four national ACDA conferences, the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the national conference of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. They have also been featured in vetted performances for conferences of the Southwestern Division of ACDA, the Texas Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the American Guild of Organists.

Guest engagements for 2018 and 2019 include work with the choral music programs of Baylor University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern California , the University Texas at Arlington, and the University of West Florida, as well as leading the Salem, Oregon All-City Choir.

His commercial recordings and publications include releases by Klavier Records, GIA Music Publications, Santa Barbara Music Press, and the premiere recording of Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony, released on CD Baby.