Patrick D. McCoy
Location: District of Columbia, USA
Patrick D. McCoy is a freelance arts reporter living in Washington, D. C. Standing proudly on the shoulder's of the late African-American music critic Raoul Abdul, Mr. McCoy is committed to informing the entire community about the joys of classical music. Currently, his reviewing takes him to concerts and performances by some of the nation's greatest performers and ensembles, including: Kathleen Battle, Jeanine De Bique, Ray Chen, Stephen Salters, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Eric Owens, Derek Lee Ragin, Elizabeth Futral, The Washington Chorus, The Washington Bach Consort, The Choirs of the Washington National Cathedral, The Friday Morning Music Club, The Choral Society of Washington and the Cathedral Choral Society, among many others. He also the host of "The African-American Voice in Classical Music" on Blogtalk Radio, interviewing great artists such as Julian Wachner, Magdalena Wor, Rene Clausen, Denyce Graves, Marlissa Hudson, Fred Onovrousuoke. Upcoming interviews include February 21 with legendary Metropolitan Opera soprano Carmen Balthrop and on March 9 with one of America's preeminent dramatic sopranos, Christine Brewer.
McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University, where he earned the BM in Vocal Performance and Shenandoah Conservatory (2005). From 2000-2006, McCoy served as Director of Music and Organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. At that time, he was regular contributor of choral reviews of sacred anthems for The Choral Journal and reviewed Dr. James Abbington's text, Let Mount Zion Rejoice. Currently, Patrick D. McCoy enters his fifth year as Minister of Music at Takoma Park Baptist Church in Washington, D. C.. In addition, he serves as president of the Ben Holt Memorial Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.