Sally Lamb McCune

From Wind Repertory Project
Sally Lamb McCune


Sally Lamb McCune (b. 1966, Detroit, Mich.) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. McCune was educated at the University of Toronto and California Institute of the Arts, and earned her MFA and DMA at Cornell University (1998). Her principal teachers have included Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, and Mel Powell.

A dedicated teacher, Lamb McCune has taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, and currently serves on the faculty at Ithaca College. She has served as guest composer at Eastman School of Music, University of South Carolina, Pepperdine University, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, and in regional public schools in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Her music has been described as “contemporary, edgy, descriptive, and extremely soulful,” and she has become an important voice in the rising generation of American composers. Her works, which range from solo and chamber pieces to music for chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra, are convincing and evocative, often blending the traditional with the avant-garde.

Awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Whitaker New Reading Session from the American Composers Orchestra, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Fund Creation Grant, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and the Aaron Copland Recording Fund.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 413.
  • Sally Lamb McCune website