D. Mark McCoy

Dr. Mark McCoy was appointed dean of the DePauw University School of Music in 2011. With degrees from Shepherd University, the Peabody Conservatory and Texas Tech University, his diverse educational background includes music education, performance, conducting and composition.

McCoy has composed operettas, musicals, an opera, many orchestral and wind works, and several soundscores. His soundscore for The Secret Garden and his musical, Anne of Green Gables, are available through Samuel French, A Symphony for Salem, 1692 is published by C. Alan Publications. He recently completed a novel, Curtain Music, concerning the relationship of Brahms and the Schumanns.

During his time at DePauw, the School of Music has completely reinvented itself—devising a new curriculum, increasing development efforts, attracting new audiences and launching the bold 21st-Century Musician Initiative. Results have been astounding with total audiences more than doubling, a very successful campaign raising nearly $20M to date and the largest first-year class in over 50 years.

In 1992, McCoy was presented with the “Teaching Excellence” award and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. He was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota as a “National Arts Associate,” in 1998; Phi Kappa Phi and the Lexington Who’s Who in 2000; and Phi Beta Mu in 2004. McCoy was honored in International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians in 2001; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002 and 2003; and Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty in 2010. He is a regular visitor for the NASM and serves on the Commission on Accreditation.