Artina McCain


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Artina McCain, Piano


  • D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M.M., Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2006
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Southern Methodist University, 2003


Described as a pianist with "power and finesse" (Dallas Arts Society), Artina McCain enjoys an international career throughout Europe, China and the US as a solo and chamber performer, pedagogue and speaker. McCain's solo and chamber performances have been heard on radio shows in Chicago, Austin, Toronto and Hong Kong. An 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 has won performance awards from the Austin Critics Table for the "Black Composers" Concert Series and is a three-time Global Music Awards winner for the album I, Too (Naxos), Shades and Trombone Czar with husband and bass trombonist, Martin McCain.

Recent performance highlights include guest concerto appearances with the Oregon East Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Austin Civic Orchestra and the University of Memphis Symphonic Band. Television appearances include features on CSPAN and an inspirational leader on the PBS documentary series "Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact". Primary teachers include Anton Nel, Kathryn Brown and Carol Leone and additional studies with Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Robert Shannon, and John Perry. She has collaborated in recital with renowned artists such as Donnie Ray Albert, Don Lucas, Ritz Chamber Players Series, Valerie Coleman, Gregory Walker, and Christopher Buckholz.

A passionate pedagogue, Dr. McCain won the Austin District Music Teachers Association award for collegiate teacher of the year two consecutive years. She has taught masterclasses in Universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. Her pedagogical lectures covering arts entrepreneurship to performance injury have been presented at the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, MTNA, and state music teachers conferences. 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. She hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum which explores the benefits and options for alternative performance injury care and a YouTube series on Musician Career Building with the McCain duo.

McCain has taught at numerous summer festivals including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) and PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. Previous academic faculty positions include Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Texas Lutheran University, University of the Incarnate Word and Huston-Tillotson University. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and completed her Doctoral Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. McCain is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and co-artistic director of the Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition.