Katie McCoy, Adjunct Strings Instructor at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, has performed in North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestra member and Concertmaster, pit orchestra Concertmaster, and choir member. She was asked to join David Ragsdale in an improvisation duel with the Rock band Kansas for their most famous song, “Dust in the Wind.” Ms. McCoy paid tribute to Bach with a performance of Partita No. 3 in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. Her most recent solo performance was the local debut of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra at the University of Central Florida with members of one of the school’s Percussion Ensembles under the direction of Thad Anderson. As a recitalist, she has performed in Harper Hall at Lawrence University and in the Rehearsal Hall at the University of Central Florida. Her chamber engagements have included multiple string quartet performances in the Frederick Lowe Theatre at New York University in New York City, Marc Mellits’ “Paranoid Cheese,” a modern piece written for violin and marimba, and a presentation of three clarinet-violin-piano trios at the Timucua Arts White House in Orlando, Florida. Accompanying the Willis Bodine Chorale to the Czech Republic, she sang Dvořák’s Requiem in Smetana Hall in Prague. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra for which she also served as Music Librarian. She had the pleasure of serving as Concertmaster for the University of Central Florida Symphony Orchestra with Laszlo Marosi at the baton. She is currently a first violin section member of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Gainesville Orchestra.
Coming from a musical family, she began piano and violin at a young age. After her early acceptance into the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, Ms. McCoy spent eight years under the direction of Gary Langford. She was selected to participate in the Florida Music Educators Association All State Orchestra each of the six eligible years. Having begun trombone in middle school and continued through high school, she was also selected to participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association All County Band each of the six eligible years. She has adjudicated as audition judge for competitions such as the Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support (PALS) Talent Show in Gainesville, Florida.
Ms. McCoy earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She holds a Master of Arts in Music-Violin Performance from the University of Central Florida’s School for Performing Arts, where she was Concertmaster. She has studied violin under Dr. Ayako Yonetani, Dr. Wen-Lei Gu, Anton Miller, Aaron Krosnick, Anthea Kreston, and Annemieke Pronker-Coron. She is a “grand-student” of both Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Her own students have won their auditions for All County orchestra and youth orchestra. Ms. McCoy is a member of College Music Society and American String Teachers Association.