William McCoy

Original Listing

Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Boogah Man

Biographical Information

(1848–1926) William J. McCoy was an American composer from Ohio. He began to compose at the age of 12 and then was sent to New York to study with William Mason; he later studied at the Leipzig Conservatory with Reinecke and Hauptmann. He wrote chamber music, some pieces for orchestra, an opera, incidental music for plays, and choral works including a mass in D minor. His "Symphony in F" was conducted in Leipzig by Reinecke in 1872. His opera "Egypt" received the Bispham Medal of the American Opera Society of Chicago.