Former Oklahoma State University voice professor Julie McCoy is returning to Stillwater for a free guest recital this week. McCoy, a soprano, and pianist Cynthia Cortright will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Seretean Center Concert Hall.
McCoy, a professor of music at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, taught at OSU from 1985-2000. She also founded and conducted the OSU Women’s Choir and served as choir director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stillwater for three years. In 2000, McCoy was the first recipient of the annual First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Faculty Award. She and her husband, Jerry, co-founded the Stillwater Chamber Singers in 1985. Jerry McCoy served as director of choral activities at OSU during the same time period.
She has also taught at the University of North Texas and Texas Christian. In 1994, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, she and Cortright served as Artistic Ambassadors on a four-week tour to Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
As soloist, she has performed with the Tulsa Ballet, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Camerata, Denton Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, and New Orleans Opera. She is also an active recitalist and professional ensemble singer.
As a member of Conspirare Chamber Choir, she sang on the Grammy-nominated recordings “Threshold of Night” (2009) and “The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda” (2015), the 2012 recording “Barber: American Romantic,” 2016’s “Considering Matthew Shepard,” and as a soloist on “Sacred Spirit of Russia,” winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. As a member and soloist, Ms. McCoy performed and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and New York City for nine years.
Pianist Cynthia Cortright is a favorite among Oklahoma audiences as soloist and collaborative pianist, including performances with the Norman Chamber Players. She was pianist with the Stillwater Chamber Singers for twenty-eight years, beginning in their second season. She serves as Organist/Choir Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.
The recital will feature Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs” and arrangements of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “If I Had a Hammer” by OSU music professor Brant Adams. April Golliver-Mohiuddin, OSU associate professor of music, will join McCoy in a duet from “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Offenbach.
McCoy will also offer a free master class with OSU vocal students, which is open to the public, at 1 p.m. Friday in the Seretean Center Concert Hall.