HOMEGROWN: The Maryland Native-accomplished bass-baritone Jonathan Woody returns home for a special concert presented by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, Sunday, June 11, 4 p.m. at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

by Patrick D. McCoy

On a chance sojourn back in 2011 with American conductor Julian Wachner, the lofty, majestic voice of bass-baritone Jonathan Woody came into my hearing for the very first time.  He was among the featured soloists in the Bach at One Series at Trinity Church Wall Street, where he is a member of the professional choir.  Now, audiences right here at home will get to hear Jonathan in a special concert that he will be featured in by the Coalition for the African-Americans in Performing Arts.  The 2001 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, the Kettering, MD native is also a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Canada’s McGill University.  The concert will take place on Sunday June 11, at 4 p.m. at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.  He will be accompanied by pianist Lester Green.

Watch a 2011 excerpt of Jonathan performing as soloist at Trinity Church Wall Street as a part of the Bach at One Series:

Sunday’s concert will also feature performances by The Heritage Signature Chorale and the Music Students of the Ottley Music School.  For tickets and more information on Sunday’s concert, CLICK HERE

Watch an interview with the bass-baritone Jonathan Woody on WUSA 9 about his homecoming concert.


–A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  He has been an arts contributor for Examiner.com, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland.   Visit www.patrickdmccoy.com for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to patrickdmccoy@patrickdmccoy.com.  He dedicates his musical pursuits to the Glory of God, in loving memory of his mother Velma Ann McCoy-Pulley (1956-2017).