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Jeremy McCoy

Jeremy McCoy
Double Bass

Jeremy McCoy joined the Penn State School of Music faculty in fall 2017. He currently serves as assistant principal double bass with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and maintains an active role as soloist, chamber musician, studio session player, and teacher.

McCoy began studying double bass in his native Ottawa, Canada. His early teachers were David Currie, Thorvald Fredin, and Winston Budrow. With the assistance of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he graduated as a student of Roger Scott. At age 20, McCoy began his professional career as a member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The following season, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chicago, San Francisco, Gothenberg, and Toronto symphony orchestras and as principal double bass with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, and the Concordia Chamber Orchestra. 

Professor McCoy has presented recitals at Lincoln Center, for CBC Radio and the International Society of Bassists, and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Tahoe Summerfest Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and Musica Viva of New York. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with members of the Arditi, Borodin, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Tokyo string quartets and with many other distinguished artists. He has performed for Bargemusic and at international festivals including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Japan’s Affinis Festival, Lake Tahoe Summerfest, Banff, Grand Tetons, and Bowdoin.

Active in the field of contemporary music, McCoy was a founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso and performed regularly with Speculum Musicae and the Columbia Sinfonietta. He has presented dozens of premiere performances and recorded chamber works by modern masters such as Thomas Ades and Eliot Carter.

As a commercial session player, he has performed on an extensive list of feature film soundtracks and recorded with a diverse group of popular artists including Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Sting, and Natalie Merchant. His own solo recordings, Dialogues with Double Bass (Bridge Records) and Baroque Legacy (MSR Classics), have garnered both popular and critical praise.

Professor McCoy also teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and is double bass coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He previously served on the faculties of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY), and Columbia University’s Music Performance Program. He has presented masterclasses at leading schools of music across the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Japan and has contributed articles to Strings Magazine.

He performs on an exceptional instrument made in 1749 by the Venetian luthier Domenico Busan and on double basses by Alfred Meyer of Markneukirchen, Germany (1946) and Tetsu Suzuki, Cremona, Italy (2015). Mr. McCoy is a Pirastro strings artist.