DMA, West Virginia University
MM, West Virginia University
BM, Indiana University
Dr. Amy McCann is a former military musician and active freelance performer and teacher. She has played with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony. She also served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Miami University in Oxford, OH; Lawrence University in Appleton, WI; and Concord University in Athens, WV. Dr. McCann is currently Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University.
Dr. McCann has also studied reed making techniques with both Dr. John Weigand at West Virginia University and Mr. Keith Hill, an instrument builder who has done extensive studies on the physical vibrating properties of wood and cane. Dr. McCann is a Sponsored Artist and Reed Making Specialist with Precision Reed Products, the maker of the Reedual single reed machine.
Dr. McCann wrote her dissertation in collaboration with pedagogue Marianne Ploger applying Professor Ploger’s musical and analytical methods to the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Recently, she was named as a finalist in the International Clarinet Association's 2016 Research Competition and delivered a presentation on the topic in August of this year at the organization's annual ClarinetFest.
Dr. McCann holds degrees from West Virginia University and Indiana University. She has studied with Steve Barta, Eli Eban, Howard Klug and John Weigand.