Cindy McTee

From Wind Repertory Project
Cindy McTee


Cindy McTee (b. 1953, Tacoma, Wash.) is an American composer and educator.

Ms. McTee holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Iowa. She also completed one year of study in Poland with Krzysztof Penderecki at the Academy of Music in Kracow.

Originally 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." Ms. McTee has received numerous awards for her music, most significantly a "Creative Connections Award" from Meet The Composer, two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also winner of the 2001 Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, and in 2002 was selected to participate with the National Symphony Orchestra in "Music Alive." a residency program sponsored by Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League.

McTee has been commissioned by the Houston, Amarillo, Dallas, and National Symphony Orchestras, Bands of America, the American Guild of Organists, the Barlow Endowment, the College Band Directors National Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Her music has been performed by leading orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles in Japan, South America, Europe, Australia, and the United States in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House. Among the many ensembles to have performed her music are: the Pacific Symphony, the North Texas and Dallas Wind Symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the United States Army Field Band, and the symphony orchestras of Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Rochester, Saint Louis, San Antonio, Seattle, and Sydney.

In May of 2011, she retired from the University of North Texas as Regents Professor Emerita, and in November of 2011 she married conductor Leonard Slatkin. Their principal place of residence is in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Works for Winds


  • Cindy McTee website
  • Cindy McTee. Wikipedia. Accessed 23 July 2023
  • Cummings, Paul. "Notezart." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 801-811. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Fullmer, David. (2003). "Cindy McTee." In: A Composer's Insight, Volume 1. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 107–118.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 417.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 446.
  • Trachsel, Andrew. "California Counterpoint." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 590-603. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Weaver, Jennifer L. (2007) Structural Octatonicism in Cindy McTee's Symphony No.1: Ballet for Orchestra [Doctoral Dissertation]