Monday, October 8, 2012

Artina McCain CD 'Preludes at the Piano' of Rachmaninov & Debussy from Kairoi Music

Artina McCain: Preludes at the Piano, Rachmaninov & Debussy; Kairoi Music KM 102 (2012)

An expressive and colorful pianist, Artina McCain enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, adjudicator, teacher, and presenter. Dr. McCain has performed nationally and internationally in Italy, San Antonio, Dallas, Cleveland, and the Czech Republic. This summer, Dr. McCain and soprano Icy Simpson released a debut CD of Black Art Songs and Spirituals through University of Texas at Austin's Longhorn Records. She also regularly tours with her husband Martin McCain, bass trombonist and Texas State University professor. Dr. McCain's performances have been broadcast on Austin's KMFA 89.5 Pianoforte program as both a soloist and chamber musician. Excited about bringing classical music to a broader audience, McCain has performed in many chamber concert series across Texas.

As a teacher, she served on the keyboard faculty at Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music, University of the Incarnate Word and currently on faculty at Huston-Tillotson University. Dr. McCain is also an enthusiastic supporter of young musicians. She has coached at the Austin Chamber Music Center, Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Chamber festival and appeared as guest artist at the Ennis Arts Commission summer concert series and maintains a private studio of students. 

McCain's research interests are in audience building and performance injury. A strong advocate of performance injury prevention. She has presented various lecture/performances at universities and music teacher associations conferences on Muscle Activation Techniques. Her research presentation "Classical Music: The Silent Hall", was a top prize winner among multidisciplinary presenters at the national black graduate students conference.

Dr. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music with Dr. Carol Leone. At the Cleveland Institute of Music she obtained a Masters degree where she was awarded the Lecture Recital Club Scholarship. She completed her Doctorate degree at the University of Texas at Austin with renowned pianist Anton Nel.

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