Jeremy McCoy

College Faculty:
Classical Strings: Double Bass

Jeremy McCoy joined the Manhattan School of Music faculty in 2009.  He is former Assistant Principal double bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. After thirty-five seasons with the Met, Mr. McCoy continues to enjoy a busy career as both performer and educator. He has been presented in recital by CBC Radio, the International Society of Bassists and at Lincoln Center, and performed as concerto soloist at the National Arts Centre and with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Classical Tahoe and Atlantic Chamber Orchestras. As a chamber musician Mr. McCoy has collaborated with many distinguished artists during the regular concert season and at international summer festivals including Marlboro, Banff, Mostly Mozart, Rockport Music, Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Napa Valley, Close Encounters With Music, Affinis Festival (Japan), Kneisel Hall, Grand Tetons and Bowdoin.

Mr. McCoy began studying double bass in his native Ottawa, Canada. With the assistance of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. At age twenty, Mr. McCoy won a position with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the following season joined the Metropolitan Opera.

A founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso and frequent collaborator with Speculum Musicae, Mr. McCoy has presented many premiere performances and recorded chamber works by eminent contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici and Thomas Ades.

As a studio session player, Mr. McCoy has performed solo and as section leader on an extensive list of motion picture and television soundtracks and recorded with a diverse group of popular artists including Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Lou Reed, Sting and Natalie Merchant.  His own solo recordings, Dialogues with Double Bass (2005) and Baroque Legacy (2012) have garnered popular and critical acclaim.

Mr. McCoy also serves on the faculties of Bard College Conservatory of Music, the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has presented master classes throughout the United States, in Canada, Sweden and Japan and has contributed articles to Strings magazine.

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