Described as a pianist with “power and finesse”, Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed nationally and internationally including the Czech Republic, Italy, China, Croatia and throughout the United States. McCain’s performances have been heard on Chicago’s WHPK, KUT (NPR affiliate), Toronto CKWR, Hong Kong’s RTHK, Houston’s KWWJ and Classically Austin’s KMFA Pianoforte program as both a soloist and chamber musician.
McCain most recent solo/collaborative recital appearances include: Zagreb Brass Festival, Ensemble 75, Cypress Creek FACE Series, Gateways Music Festival, Texas A & M International University Master Performer Series, Texas Music Festival and Austin Chamber Music Center. McCain has released several recordings as a soloist and collaborative musician. McCain won a Global Music Award for her recording of African-American Spirituals and Art Songs on the Naxos Label entitled I, Too with Icy Monroe and the album Shades with husband, Martin McCain. This fall she will release a solo album of works by American composers entitled “Heritage: The American Composer.”
McCain’s research interests include audience building, arts entrepreneurship and performance injury. As a strong advocate of performance injury prevention and alternative care, she has presented numerous lectures at music teacher conferences, universities, and hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin TX. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in the journal Clavier Companion. As an arts entrepreneur, she directed several grant supported initiatives to bring outreach concerts to school children called Raise the Bar. The program presented concerts to over 1,000 elementary and middle school students around rural Texas communities.
A dedicated educator, Dr. McCain has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music summer chamber music festival, Austin Chamber Music Center Academy and Summer Workshop and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Piano at the Rudi Scheidt School of music at the University of Memphis.
Dr. 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 as a pupil of Anton Nel.