Pianist & Board Member
Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), Artina McCain, has an active career as a performer, educator and speaker. Recent performance highlights include guest appearances with Oregon East Symphony, Memphis Symphony and Austin Civic Orchestra. McCain’s performances have been heard on radio shows on CKWR Toronto, KMFA Classical Austin, and Radio Television Hong Kong.
Television appearances include features on CSPAN for the MLK 50 Commemoration and she was a featured inspirational leader in the award-winning PBS documentary series Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact. For almost 20 years this series has connected career seekers with notable professionals in a wide array of career fields. The Degree of Impact episode explores the real word impact of professionals with doctoral degrees in and outside of academia.
Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and underrepresented composers, McCain performs, curates and records the works of many unsung pioneers and living composers. She 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 and is a three-time Global Music Awards winner for the album “I, Too” (Naxos), a collaboration with soprano Icy Monroe, of African American Spirituals and Art Songs. Currently, she is touring a program of Black Female Composers with award winning artists Gwendolyn Alfred, soprano and James Rodriguez, baritone.
After years of battling a performance injury and now enjoying 10 years of full recovery, McCain is an advocate for musicians’ wellness. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor for the Frances Clark Center. To help other musicians, she hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. As a passionate pedagogue, Artina has presented these topics and others at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy.
McCain has performed and served on the faculty of numerous summer festivals including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Illinois Summer Youth Music, Gateways Music Festival, and the Walled City Music International Piano Festival. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. McCain is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. For more information, visit www.artinamccain.com.