Monday, June 10, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts 304-696-3296

Marshall music alumnus McCoy to participate in Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Yuri McCoy, a Huntington native and Marshall University music alumnus, has been invited to participate in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition beginning Tuesday, June 18, and continuing through Saturday, June 22.

The competition features Longwood’s 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, a panel of distinguished judges and live performances by young organists from countries such as South Korea, Bulgaria, France, Russia and New Zealand.  The winner receives a prize of $40,000.

Longwood Gardens is the former weekend home of Pierre S. du Pont, founder of  E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

McCoy received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree magna cum laude from Marshall in 2008. While living in Huntington, he held several organ posts in and around the city, most recently at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and played violin with both the Huntington Symphony and the Marshall University Orchestra. He received his Master of Music degree in the fall of 2010 from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and is now studying at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas.

While an undergraduate, he attended the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival (now soundSCAPE) in Cortona, Italy. He studied with Thomas Rosenkranz and Nathanael May during the week-long festival. At Marshall, he was the winner of the Concert of Soloists Competition, the West Virginia Music Teachers Association’s Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition and the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competion. While pursuing his master’s degree, he was the only pianist from the University of Hawai'i selected to perform in a master class given by the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher in 2008.

McCoy’s fifth-grade grade music teacher in Huntington, Harriet Tucker, said she is thrilled that he has been chosen for this competition. “He is very, very talented,” Tucker said. “I think Patricia Green taught him in third grade, and saw it even before me, that he was very talented. He worked with me through high school, and by the time he was a junior, he gave a recital by himself.”

Further information on the competition is available online at

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