Sally McCune

Lecturer, Music Theory, History Composition
School: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Phone: 607-274-1902
Office: James J Whalen Ctr for Music 3307, Ithaca, NY 14850

     Described as “contemporary, edgy, descriptive, and extremely soulful,” “an important voice

in the rising generation of American composers,” Sally Lamb McCune’s catalog ranges from

solo and chamber music to works for chorus, wind ensemble, and orchestra. She has also

underscored several works for movement‐based theatre and dance.

     Born in Detroit in 1966, Lamb McCune was educated at the University of Toronto,

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.

Ms. Lamb McCune is the recipient of numerous honors, including awards from the

American Academy of Arts and Letters (the 2001 Charles Ives Fellowship), the Whitaker

New Reading Session, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, ASCAP,

the Society for Music (including an Aaron Copland Recording Grant 2008), New York State

Fund Creation Grant (2007), Women’s Philharmonic and the International Alliance for

Women in Music. She has received numerous commissions, including those from the

Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, NY), Ensemble X, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ariadne

String Quartet, Cornell University Wind Ensemble, Cornell University Women’s Chorus and

the New York State Music Teacher’s Association.

     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.