Cindy McTee

Cindy McTee (born February 20, 1953 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American composer and educator.



Cindy McTee studied at Pacific Lutheran University, the Academy of Music in Kraków, Yale University, and the University of Iowa. Her teachers included Krzysztof Penderecki, Bruce MacCombie, and Jacob Druckman.

Teaching experience

McTee taught at Pacific Lutheran University for three years before joining the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music in 1984, where she received a promotion to Full Professor in 1995 and to Regents Professor in 2000. In 2009, she was designated a Fellow in UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.[1] She also participated in leadership roles at UNT, most notably as Chair of the Division of Composition Studies for a total of five years ending in 2000. In 2010, she retired from the University of North Texas as Regents Professor Emeritus.

Major awards

McTee has received two awards[2] from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1992) (2002), a fellowship[3][4] from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2001), a Fulbright Fellowship (1990), and a composer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1994). She won the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (2001) and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's third annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award[5][6] (2009). She also received a Music Alive Award[7] from Meet the Composer (2002) and a BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Student Composers Award (1977).


Major works

  • Double Play, for wind ensemble (2011)
  • Double Play, for orchestra (2010)
  • Tempus Fugit, for orchestra (2010)
  • The Unquestioned Answer, for orchestra (2009)
  • Bricolage, for flute and computer music on CD (2008)
  • Solstice, concerto for trombone and orchestra (2007)
  • Fanfare for Trombones (2007)
  • Finish Line, for wind symphony (2006)
  • Finish Line, for orchestra (2005)
  • Einstein's Dream, for string orchestra, percussion, and computer music on CD (2004)
  • Fanfare for Trumpets (2004)
  • Ballet for Band (2004)
  • Adagio, for string quartet (2003)
  • Adagio, for string orchestra (2002)
  • Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra (2002)
  • Timepiece, for wind symphony (2001)
  • Timepiece, for orchestra (2000)
  • Agnus Dei, for organ (1998)
  • Changes, for cello and bass (1996)
  • Soundings, for band (1995)
  • Stepping Out, for flute and percussion (1993)
  • Capriccio per Krzysztof Penderecki, for violin (1993)
  • California Counterpoint: The Twittering Machine, for wind ensemble (1993)
  • The Twittering Machine, for chamber orchestra (1993)
  • Circle Music V for trombone and tape (1992)
  • "M" Music, for computer music on CD (1992)
  • Circuits, for wind ensemble (1990)
  • Circuits, for orchestra (1990)
  • Metal Music, for computer music on CD (1989)
  • Circle Music I for viola and piano (1988)
  • Circle Music II for flute and piano (1988)
  • Circle Music III for bassoon and piano (1988)
  • Circle Music IV for horn and piano (1988)
  • Psalm 100, for choir (1982)
  • Chord, for flute (1977)


  1. ^ [1] Denton Record Chronicle - Score Subject: Composer Knows Value of Time
  2. ^ [2] American Academy of Arts and Letters - Award Winners
  3. ^ [3] John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Search
  4. ^ List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 2001 List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 2001
  5. ^ [4] Elaine Lebenbom Annual Memorial Award Winners
  6. ^ [5] Dallas Observer - UNT Professor Earns Top Composition Honor
  7. ^ [6] Meet The Composer Music Alive Awards
  8. ^ [7] League of American Orchestras Premieres List 2005-06
  9. ^ [8] Composers Performed by the American Composers Orchestra
  10. ^ [9] Review: New York Times
  11. ^ [10] League of American Orchestras Premieres List 2004-05
  12. ^ [11] League of American Orchestras Premieres List 2009-10
  13. ^ [12] League of American Orchestras Premieres List 2007-08
  14. ^ [13] Article: Houston Chronicle
  15. ^ [14] Review: New York Times
  16. ^ [15] League of American Orchestras Premieres List 2002-03
  17. ^ [16] Interview with Christopher Tucker of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra
  18. ^ [17] Review: Seattle Times
  19. ^ [18] Yale Concert Band List of Performances
  20. ^ [19] Review: Dallas Morning News

Further reading

  • Alber, Brian: The Evolution of Melodic Construction in Three 20th-Century Wind Band Works. Journal of Band Research, 2007
  • Fullmer, David: “Cindy McTee.” A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band. Meredith Music Publications, 2003, ISBN 0-634-05827-4
  • Fullmer, David: A Comparison of the Wind Band Writing of Three Contemporary Composers: Karel Husa, Timothy Broege, and Cindy McTee. University of Washington, 2002
  • Hinkle-Turner, Elizabeth: Crossing the Line: Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States. Ashgate, 2006, ISBN 978-0-7546-0461-7
  • Hinkle-Turner, Elizabeth: The New Grove, 2nd ed., edited by Stanley Sadie (2001), ISBN 0-333-60800-3 and ISBN 1-56159-239-0
  • Kilpatrick, Barry: FANFARE FOR TRUMPETS; CIRCUITS; SOUNDINGS; CALIFORNIA COUNTERPOINT; BALLET; FINISH LINE; TIMEPIECE American Record Guide, May/Jun2008, Vol. 71 Issue 3, p149-149, 1/2p
  • Slayton, Michael: Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers. Scarecrow Press, 2011, ISBN 0-8108-7742-2
  • Weaver, Jennifer: Structural Octatonicism in Cindy McTee's Symphony No.1: Ballet for Orchestra. University of North Texas, 2007
  • Williams, Nicholas: Primary Stylistic Characteristics of Cindy's McTee's Music as Found in Timepiece, Ballet for Band, and Finish Line. University of North Texas, 2009.

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