PRESS RELEASE: 7 September 2021
The Frances Clark Center appoints Program Advisor of Advanced Repertoire
The Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Artina McCain as Program Advisor, Advanced Repertoire. In this role, Dr. McCain will be involved with advanced repertoire initiatives such as From the Artist Bench and Piano Stories On Stage.
“The Frances Clark Center is a leader in our field of pedagogy. I am excited to join this institution dedicated to transforming our field!” – Artina McCain
Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, Artina curates concerts for multiple arts organizations exploring intersections of standard and underrepresented repertoire. She is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings and won a Gold Global Music Award for her recent album project Heritage featuring American composers. She won a critic’s table award for her program The Black Female Composer for the 2017 Austin Chamber Music Centers’ Annual Black Composers Concert. In September 2021, Hal Leonard published her 24 arrangements of African American Folk Songs as a part of their traditional folk songs collection.
Artina was a featured inspirational leader in the award-winning PBS documentary series Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact in an episode exploring the real-world impact of professionals with doctoral degrees in and outside of academia.
Currently, she is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and Co-Founder/Director of the Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition.