CINDY MCTEE (b 1953 )
Hailed by critics as a composer whose music reflects a ‘charging, churning celebration of the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America,’ Cindy McTee ‘brings to the world of concert music a fresh and imaginative voice.’ Born in 1953 in Tacoma, WA, she began piano studies at the age of six with a teacher who encouraged improvisation. This eventually led to composition in many forms including jazz, orchestral, chamber, and electronic music. Another influential teacher was the eminent Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom McTee studied for three years.
McTee has received numerous awards for her music, most significantly the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s third annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, a Music Alive Award from Meet The Composer and the League of American Orchestras, two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a BMI Student Composers Award. She was also winner of the 2001 Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition.
Among the many orchestras to have performed her music are the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Flagstaff, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Rochester, Saint Louis, San Antonio, Seattle, and Sydney.
In 2011, Cindy McTee retired from the University of North Texas as Regents Professor Emerita and married conductor Leonard Slatkin.