Patrick D. McCoy distinguishes himself as a choral conductor, singer and music journalist residing in the Washington, D. C. area. A native of Petersburg, VA, he earned the BM in vocal performance from Virginia State University where he studied voice with the late Martin A. Strother, sang in the University Concert Choir under the direction Johnnella L. Edmonds and Opera Workshop with Lisa Edwards-Burrs. In 2005, he earned the Master of Music in Church music from Shenandoah University where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael O. Forest and organ/sacred music with Dr. Steven Cooksey. Juxtaposing a busy schedule between writing and public appearances, he has covered the arts for several outlets, including The Washington Post, Prince George’s Suite Magazine, The Afro American Newspaper, CBS Washington, Early Music America, Examiner.com and ArtSong Update, among others.
Formerly the performing arts columnist for Washington Life Magazine, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, MD. Notable appearances include presenting at the 2012 African American Artsong Alliance Conference at the University of California at Irvine, Moderator: Mendelssohn Elijah Panel at The Kennedy Center, Moderator: Symposium Series at the 2014 Colour of Music Festival and Moderator: Blacks in Classical Music Panel hosted by the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America, The Dean’s Circle: Shenandoah Conservatory Advisory Board, Board Member of the Haiti Micah Project, the Sigma Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.