The Loudoun arts community is mourning the death of Mark Allen McCoy, the longtime music director and conductor of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra.
McCoy joined the community orchestra 18 years ago and help guide its growth to become the county’s premiere musical performing arts organization.
He died Sunday after a year-long battle with colon cancer.
Under McCoy’s leadership the Loudoun Symphony Association established the Loudoun String Workshop which gives emerging musicians of any age an opportunity to perform in a string ensemble, and the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, which was has grown to provide 55 teen musicians a place to hone their talents.
Before joining the LSO, Maestro McCoy served as cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and was music director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestras. He received acclaim as the only American chosen as one of six finalists during the 1997 Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors. He received numerous awards including the Harold Randolph Prize for Outstanding Musicianship and Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1995.
Arrangements have not been announced.