Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dr. Artina McCain, Coordinator of Piano Studies at Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at University of Memphis Releases "Heritage: An American Musical Legacy"

Dr. Artina McCain is Coordinator of Piano Studies at The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), “beautiful and fiery” (KMFA Austin) and having a “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center) Artina McCain, has a built a three-fold career as a performer, educator and speaker. Recent performance highlights include guest appearances with the Oregon East Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Civic Orchestra. As a recitalist, her credits include performances at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Hatch Recital Hall in Rochester, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL and the Desoto Arts Commission in Desoto,TX. 

McCain's performances have been heard on radio CKWR Toronto, KMFA Classical Austin, and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Television appearances include features on CSPAN for the MLK 50 Commemoration. Artina is a three-time Global Music Awards winner for the album “I, Too” (Naxos), a collaboration with soprano Icy Monroe, focused on African American Spirituals and Art Songs. Currently, McCain is touring a program of Black Female Composers with award-winning artists Gwendolyn Alfred, soprano and James Rodriguez, baritone.


Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, McCain curates Black Composers Concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings of these works. She has also won performance awards for curating the Austin Chamber Music Centers’ Black Composers Concert from the Austin Critics Table. In 2021, Hal Leonard will publish her transcriptions of African American Folk Songs. 

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