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, Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony. She also served on the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, OH, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and Concord University in Athens, WV. Currently, McCann is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music.
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.
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.
McCann holds degrees from West Virginia University and Indiana University. She has studied with Steve Barta, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, and John Weigand.