Perfect Pitch: A Royal Ode

WL sits down with conductor to discuss life on the road and royal performances.

Photo by Art Streiber

Conductor michael Tilson Thomas (Photo by Art Streiber)

With a performance at the Kennedy Center coming up on April 29 with the New World Symphony, internationally acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas found time between his crazy road schedule and performances for Queen Elizabeth II to chat about his 20-year tenure with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, notable technological trends in music, mentoring young musicians and how he spent his 70th birthday. We’ll give you a hint: it was a royally good time.


Recently named among the Forty Under 40 for his contributions to arts and humanities, Patrick D. McCoy received a B.M. in vocal performance from Virginia State University and a M.M. in church music from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. , where he serves on the alumni board of directors. He has contributed arts and culture pieces to CBS Washington, The Afro-American Newspaper and the newly published book, “In Spite of the Drawbacks” (Association of Black Women Historians), which includes his chapter on legendary soprano Leontyne Price. McCoy has interviewed some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, including Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Martina Arroyo, Denyce Graves, Eric Owens, Norman Scribner, Julian Wachner, Christine Brewer and Lawrence Brownlee. He is music director at Trinity Episcopal Church, DC. Listen to these interviews and others at Blog Talk Radio. Additionally, he is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. McCoy may be reached via email at and on Twitter @PatrickDMcCoy.

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