Tom McCoy


Tom McCoy is a versatile pianist, arranger and composer, moving seamlessly between the worlds of classical, jazz, theater and pop. He has appeared on stage with James Taylor, Ray Charles, Natalie Merchant, Judy Collins, Kate Pierson, Garth Hudson, Robert Goulet, Lea Salonga and many other celebrities. He has taught music and theater at SUNY New Paltz, Mount Saint Mary's College, SUNY Dutchess and Poughkeepsie Day School; he has recently lectured at Juilliard on jazz influences in classical music. McCoy leads Jazz Vespers at 1st Pres., hosting such jazz luminaries as Sheila Jordan (Kennedy Center Award-winner for Lifetime Achievement) and Eliot Zigmund (drummer with the late, great pianist Bill Evans). He wrote the original score for The Battle of the Orphans, book by Brian McConnache, which was first mounted at the Depot Theater. He wrote the music for the new musical Madame President, which is currently venue-shopping. He arranged and music-directed the new musical Adventures in the Great Beyond, mounted at the Harold Clurman Theater. His arrangement and recording of The Time Has Come has been broadcast on national television and was featured at the first Earth Day summit in Rio. He has music-directed many local and regional productions and done Broadway pit work nationally and internationally. Over the last five years, McCoy performed in about 1,000 educational concert and workshops as part of The Learning Arts in the Adirondacks as a Senior Faculty Member of Associated Solo Artists. He currently teaches piano and vocal-coaches privately. McCoy is on the roster of pianists for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed numerous times as a guest with the USMA Concert Band at West Point. Tom is an avid student and practitioner of homeopathy. He has a wife, two daughters, a foster son, eight grandchildren, two dogs and two cats.