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Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed nationally and internationally throughout Europe, China, and the United States. McCain's solo and chamber performances have been heard on radio shows in Chicago, Austin, Toronto, and Hong Kong.
In recent seasons solo and concerto appearances have included the Austin Civic Orchestra, Cypress Creek FACE Promenade Series, Ritz Chamber Players, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy and Texas Music Festival. Upcoming season highlights, include a series of recitals of American music in Missouri, New York and Texas including compositions by Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, Vittorio Gianni and commissioned works. She will also be featured as an inspirational leader on an episode of the PBS series "Roadtrip Nation". A recent American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings, she will release an album of works entitled "Heritage: The American Composer" on the MSR label. She is a three time Global Music Awards winner for the album I, Too (Naxos), a collaboration with soprano Icy Monroe, and the albums Shades and Trombone Czar with husband and bass trombonist, Martin McCain.
A passionate pedagogue, Dr. McCain won the Austin District Music Teacher Association award for collegiate teacher of the year. Her recent lecture topics include a variety of pedagogical topics, arts entrepreneurship and performance injury. As a strong advocate of performance injury prevention, she has presented numerous lectures on Muscle Activation Techniques at music teacher conferences, universities, and local music teacher associations. She hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin, TX, which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor of score reviews for the magazine.
McCain has performed and served on the faculty of numerous summer festivals including Austin Chamber Music Festival, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University studying with Carol Leone. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music with Kathryn Brown and completed her Doctoral Studies at the University of Texas at Austin with Anton Nel.
Dr. McCain is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. She has served in similar faculty positions at Texas Lutheran University, Huston-Tillotson University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, and University of the Incarnate Word.