Vince McCoy '74
Vince McCoy ('74) is a composer, performer, recording artist, and internet specialist who came to St. Francis Seminary from St. Raphael Parish in El Paso, Texas. While at St. Francis, Vince spent much of his free time playing piano or guitar. While he was good at playing these instruments, he excelled at public speaking, singing, and directing. So impressive were Vince's directing skills that in 1972, while Fr. Aubert was on sabbatical in Europe, Vince was asked to direct the Transitus. Aubert's influence was evident as Vince wielded an animated baton and made the large choir give their all.
Vince McCoy began composing for Catholic liturgy at the age of sixteen. In 1976, he began his formal music studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where he studied voice with Alice Engram and composition under Stanley Hollingsworth and Lettie Alston.
He also served as cantor, guitarist and accompanist at numerous parishes in the Detroit archdiocese including St. Regis, Gesu Church, and Shrine of the Little Flower. Joining forces with other Detroit-area liturgists, he has directed workshops in vocal performance and composition for the Association of Contemporary Liturgical Musicians.
Vince spent several years as Director of Vocal Music at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He also served as Music Director at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Detroit.
Vince now calls Louisville, Kentucky his home, although his computer business brings him back to Michigan now and then.
In 1991, Vince recorded an inspirational album of original Christian music. A musical companion to the many stages of discovery, mystery, and wonder in the walk of faith, it's titled "Deeper Than This."