Guest profile – Marilyn McCoy

Marilyn L. McCoy

Marilyn L. McCoy is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Humanities at Columbia University in New York, where she has taught since 2009. She completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled “Gustav Mahler’s Path to the New Music:  Musical Time and Modernism.” Her research explores the ways in which Mahler evokes a sense of timelessness in his music. Her article “‘It is my very self’: The Multiple Messages of Gustav Mahler’s ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,'” was published in Music Observed: Studies in Memory of William C. Holmes, ed. Colleen Reardon and Susan Parisi (Harmonie Park Press, 2004). She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the online database The Reilly Catalogue of Mahler’s Musical Manuscripts.

Professor McCoy is much in demand as a pre-concert lecturer. She is especially proud of her long association with the Colorado MahlerFest, where she has delivered pre-concert lectures and symposium presentations from 2002 – 2015. In February 2012 she gave several lectures at Disney Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Mahler Project,” led by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. She has spoken at Carnegie Hall and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, and at the Bard Festivals “Berg and His World” (2010) and “Mahler and His World” (2002).

Though primarily a Mahler Scholar, Professor McCoy was Assistant Archivist at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles for the last three years of its existence (1995-1998) until the archive moved to its present location in Vienna, Austria. In addition to “A Schoenberg Chronology,” which appeared in Schoenberg and His World, ed. Walter Frisch (Princeton University Press, 1999), she and Elizabeth Keathley of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are currently compiling a translation of the correspondence between Alma Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg, part of the Schoenberg in Words project, ed. Severine Neff and Sabine Feisst (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).