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.