Donita McCoy
  • Instrument Double Bass

Donita first began playing bass with the Des Moines Symphony as a student at Drake University where her scholarship was contingent on playing bass in the Symphony, though she was actually a cello major. She married a Des Moines Symphony bass player, Richard McCoy, who was getting his Master's Degree at Drake and who tells anyone who asks that they met "fiddling around in the back of the orchestra", and they spent nearly 50 years playing together in the Des Moines Symphony bass section. He logged in 52 years, and though he had a head start, the 20-21 season is Donita's 52nd season. Donita was sidetracked from finishing her degree at Drake, but when the youngest of her four children started school, she finished her music degree at Iowa State University.

Donita has taught elementary strings in Boone and Ames, but now teaches mostly piano in her home studio. She has been a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and its state affiliate Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA) as well as the local, Music Teachers of Central Iowa (MTCI) for over 30 years. where she has held many offices in MTCI, Vice president for Auditions, Ethical Concerns Committee Chair, President, and currently Parliamentarian in IMTA. In 2018 She was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. 

Favorite composer

This is a really hard one to narrow down, probably Brahms and/or Beethoven.

Favorite solo piece

Again hard to choose one, my favorite piano concerto is Brahms' Second Piano Concerto. I love to play any Brahms symphony, and there are so many other pieces I love to play and listen to.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Exercise (walking) music including a variety of styles, but all with a good beat. I listen to Sirius XM "Symphony Hall" a lot.