Jason McCoy - Music Faculty

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Jason McCoy (jtmccoy76@gmail.com )

Jason McCoy teaches courses in fine arts and music literature. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the University of Southern California and an M.M. degree in ethnomusicology from Florida State University, where he is also finishing his Ph.D. As a composer, he specializes in choral and vocal chamber works. His music is regularly performed by professional, college, and church choirs throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was recently featured by the National Men's Honor Chorus at the 2011 Convention of the American Choral Director's Association. He is published by Chorister's Guild.

As a scholar, Jason's research focuses on music and human rights, violence, propaganda, censorship, reception, and memory. His current work is centered around the music of Simon Bikindi, a famous and controversial Rwandan musician whose songs were incorporated into the propaganda campaign used to incite the 1994 genocide. For the past four years, he has been conducting field research in Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania, sharing Bikindi's songs with Rwandans, including many survivors of the genocide; and meeting with Bikindi at the United Nations Detention Facility in Arusha where he is now imprisoned.

His wife, Kristin, is a native Texan and works as a speech-language pathologist.


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