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Janelle McCoy

  • Executive Director

After a national search, the Oregon Bach Festival welcomed Janelle McCoy as Executive Director in January 2016, only the fourth to be named to that role in the Festival’s 47-year history. She was most recently Executive Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. While there, McCoy guided the organization’s national tour with Branford Marsalis, the most significant tour in its 51-year history. McCoy also steered a NEA-funded community collaboration with the Joybells of Melmark, a multi-service agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which produced a CD and national television appearances. McCoy brought the orchestra to alternative venues to explore multi-genre and disciplinary performance with collaborators-- all of which received critical acclaim and major gifts. During McCoy's tenure, the Chamber Orchestra also achieved its first significant financial surplus in more than a decade. She assembled nearly a million dollars in major funding from institutions to support innovative commissions or to be used as unrestricted operational dollars, as well as an additional half a million dollars from private individuals.

McCoy has also served as Executive Director of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the nation's oldest and most respected independent choruses. McCoy was instrumental in guiding the chorus’ world premiere production of Anthracite Fields, which earned composer Julia Wolfe the Pulitzer Prize for Music and a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. During her tenure, Mendelssohn Club's income quadrupled and its funding transitioned from local to national and it released its first commercial CD on the Innova label.  Its innovative projects were recognized by the Wallace and Knight Foundations, NEA, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, to name a few.

Prior to leading Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, McCoy held leadership posts responsible for development and marketing for Painted Bride Art Center, Women in Transition, Gulf Coast Symphony and The Chamber Music Society of Southwest Florida. McCoy has served as a board member and officer for The Musical Fund Society, Mishkan Shalom and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and as a professor in Drexel University's Arts Administration graduate program. She has lectured nationally on behalf of not-for-profit organizations and foundations who seek to equip their stakeholders with tools for the development of institutional vision and strategy, as well as technology.

Recently, McCoy was asked how being Executive Director at the Oregon Bach Festival had gone over the last year and what’s in store for the future. She stated, “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Bach Festival-– an institution that I have known about and admired for decades.  I personally know how powerful the arts are; they certainly have changed my life in unexpected ways. I look forward to ensuring that others have access to transcendent opportunities and experiences by securing OBF’s sustainability for another fifty years.

“Though my role is different from that of my predecessor’s (John was our General Director, whereas I am the Executive Director), I am pleased that I still can utilize my commissioning experience for the Festival when our budget allows.  I have worked on some truly remarkable world premieres and co-commissions that brought national accolades to the composers, were acknowledged in case studies, and led to opportunities for me at foundations, arts service organizations, government agencies and universities.”

Before pursuing a career in arts management, McCoy worked in the commercial sector with a particular focus on the use of information technology optimizing marketing effectiveness and achieving cost-reduction.

When asked if she had encountered any surprises along the way, she commented, “There's no doubt you receive heightened scrutiny from some when one is a female leader. In spite of that, I use those situations as inspiration to work even harder, be my very best, and to mentor those who will be filling in the ranks behind me.” 

McCoy also enjoyed a distinguished career as a mezzo-soprano soloist, performing with leading orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of such celebrated conductors as Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, and the late Robert Shaw.  Early in her vocal career, she was the recipient of numerous Young Artist awards.  She served cantorially in Ft. Myers, FL for several years, and continued in that role at synagogues in Philadelphia and Chicago.

 

Projects

Intersect
In partnership with Andrew Lipke and World Cafe
http://andrewlipke.com/2015/10/intersect-a-collaboration-with-the-chamber-orchestra-of-philadelphia/
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1377171-intersect-chamber-orchestra-philadelphia/
In the News:
Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20160226_Andrew_Lipke__Chamber_Orchestra_of_Phila__weave_classical_with_ambitious_pop_at_World_Caf_Live.html
WHYY http://whyy.org/cms/articulate/davyd-booth-elizabeth-streb-andrew-lipke/

Chopin without Piano
In partnership with Swarthmore College
Project microsite: http://www.chopinwithoutpiano.com/ 

An Adjustment, Conrad Tao
In the News:
Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/peter_dobrin/20150922_Review__A__screen_test__for_Chamber_Orchestra.html
The Art Blog http://www.theartblog.org/2015/10/the-chamber-orchestra-of-philadelphia-introduces-us-to-new-star-conrad-tao/
Funding Announcements:
Presser Foundation http://www.presserfoundation.org/?p=964
Musical Fund Society http://www.musicalfundsociety.org/blog/conrad-tao-takes-philadelphia/

The Joybells of Melmark, arr. Dirk Brossé
In the News:
http://chamberorchestra.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PRESS-RELEASE-Music-that-Matters-with-the-Joybells-of-Melmark.pdf
http://www.melmark.org/Archives-2014-Joybells-Chamber-Orchestra
http://www.melmarkne.org/messenger-winter-2014-music-that-matters 
Photography: http://www.mainlinephotography.com/Clientgalleries/Melmark/Melmark-Joybells-/Melmark-Joybells/i-KLtDVrb

Branford Marsalis “Well Tempered” Tour
In the News:
http://www.branfordmarsalis.com/press/going-baroque-branford-marsalis-chamber-group-seattle-oct-4
All about Jazz: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/branford-marsalis-and-chamber-orchestra-of-philadelphia-at-scottsdale-center-for-performing-arts-branford-marsalis-by-patricia-myers.php
WRTI: http://wrti.org/post/branford-marsalis-classical-side
Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/david_patrick_stearns/20141005_Branford_Marsalis_goes_for_baroque.html

TURBINE, Byron Au Yong
(for funding and commissioning)
Microsite: https://mcchorus.culturalspot.org/exhibit/jwISmq0H1ZS1JA?position=0%3A0
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg8sOwTYm_Y_8Ms2rISF_Vlu92S5kra_x
In the News:
Philadelphia Inquirer
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3324
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3258
The Dance Journal http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3321 
MiriamSeidel.com http://miriamseidel.com/2015/07/08/leah-stein-dance-alchemist/
Funding Announcements:
William Penn Foundation http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3107

North American Premiere of Mendelssohn's Revision of the St. Matthew Passion
(for funding and research)
In the News:
Philadelphia Inquirer
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3077
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3073
Chestnut Hill Local http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/3071
Funding Announcements:
Presser Foundation http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/2349
Pew Center for Arts and Heritage http://www.pcah.us/grant/bach-mendelssohn-project

Anthracite Fields, Julia Wolfe
Microsite: http://www.anthracitefields.com/wp/
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg8sOwTYm_Y9NRjy-e6zK57elMlsrvxB3
Project Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1xmS4stS3o
Other Related Video: MacArthur Fellow Announcement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naq1iCPPSHA
In the News: See project microsite press section for reviews, announcements, and previews.

Rituals: East/West – Tse Go La, Andrea Clearfield
YouTube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg8sOwTYm_Y9S0MkpTDyOL6GmjgcynWgI
Funding Announcements:
Archie W and Grace Berry Foundation http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/331 

Engage 2020: the audience inCHOIRing
Project Microsite: http://audienceinchoiring.org/our-blog/
YouTube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg8sOwTYm_Y-vFay5cwVd4YqZRmaxOEhR
Research Whitepaper: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.philanthropynetwork.org/resource/resmgr/research_reports/engage_2020_innovation_grant.pdf

Recording Releases
Music that Matters: The Joybells of Melmark and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
http://chamberorchestra.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PRESS-RELEASE-Music-that-Matters-with-the-Joybells-of-Melmark.pdf
Metamorphosis: Higdon, Clearfield, Primosch
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/1267

Other Research
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance https://www.philaculture.org/sites/default/files/2012_prosperity_report.pdf
University of Pennsylvania http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=siap_dynamics
TDC http://williampennfoundation.org/sites/default/files/reports/WPF-TDC%20audience%20research%20findings%20FINAL.pdf 

Lectures and Presentations
Lane Arts Council/ Eugene Chamber of Commerce
http://lanearts.org/events/49/audience-engagement-in-todays-247-digital-world/
http://web.eugenechamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2316640

Washington State Arts Commission
http://www.arts.wa.gov/apli/detail.php?page_id=384

Chorus America
https://www.chorusamerica.org/conf2013/janelle-mccoy

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
https://www.philaculture.org/sites/default/files/mendelssohn_clubs_powerpoint.pdf

Philadelphia Bar Association
http://www.philadelphiabar.org/WebObjects/PBAReadOnly.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/CMSResources/Aug_2012.pdf

Independence Foundation

Regional Foundation Center
https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/bric/nonprofit?id=25683

Board/Community Service
National Endowment for the Arts
City Club of Eugene
Rotary Club of Eugene
Round Table Club of Eugene
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Facilities Committee
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Mishkan Shalom
Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia 

Organizational/Other Awards
Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/tag/chorus-america
Composers Forum Encore Program Award http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2007-12-20/arts_ent/062.html?print=1

In the News (General)
KEZI http://kezi.eviesays.com/event/6479622/lane-art-council-july-7th-first-friday-artwalk?tid=45593543

AGO Pipe Speak: http://agoeugene.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Oct-2016-Newsletter-Final.pdf

Around the O: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/janelle-mccoy-named-new-oregon-bach-festival-director 
Register Guard: http://projects.registerguard.com/rg/entertainment/arts/34482507-60/a-new-face-for-a-47-year-old-festival.html.csp

KLCC: http://klcc.org/post/meet-oregon-bach-festivals-new-executive-director-janelle-mccoy

GSU News Hub: http://news.gsu.edu/class_note/janelle-mccoy/

CBS Philly: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/04/25/chamber-orchestra-celebrates-50-years-with-special-concert/

ABC WPVI: http://6abc.com/entertainment/video-viola-soloist-ayane-kozasa-of-the-chamber-orchestra-of-philadelphia/367682/

Philadelphia Inquirer:
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/20150416_Worldview__Region_ready_to_embrace_Cuba.html 
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/david_patrick_stearns/20141104_Chamber_Orchestra_s_bumpy_road_to_50.html

Chestnut Hill Local:
http://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/2014/09/05/hill-resident-now-heads-chamber-orchestra-philadelphia/
http://www.anthracitefields.com/wp/mendelssohn-club-and-janelle-mccoy/

Presser Foundation: http://www.presserfoundation.org/?p=982

William Penn Foundation:
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/1247
http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/2352
http://chamberorchestra.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/COP-2015-Grants-Release.pdf

the audience inCHOIRing: http://audienceinchoiring.org/author/janelle-mccoy/

Post Star: http://poststar.com/lifestyles/music-center-to-feature-classical-guitarist/article_8b821782-8b4d-50f3-b651-70c65fbb84eb.html

Naples Daily News:
http://archive.naplesnews.com/lifestyle/family/best-bets-june-9-2006-ep-406285581-335184901.html?bppw=absolutely&suppressAds=youbet
http://archive.naplesnews.com/participate/your-news-new-chamber-music-series-brings-international-musicians-to-fort-myers-ep-402882989-344833832.html/

Florida Weekly:
http://floridaweekly.our-hometown.com/news/2008-01-24/arts_ent/050.html
http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2008-07-16/business_plans/015.html
http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2007-12-20/arts_ent/062.html?print=1

News-Press:
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/221515208/
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/222074768/
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/222053180/

 

 

 

 

 

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