This eventually led to composition in many forms including jazz, orchestral, chamber, and electronic music. Another influential teacher was the eminent Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom McTee studied for three years. She was also winner of the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition. For picture licensing, please contact customer service.
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The daughter of musical parents her father played trumpet and her mother played clarinet , McTee often went to rehearsals of their small dance band where she heard popular music and jazz from the 's and 's. McTee began piano studies at the age of six with a teacher who encouraged improvisation the beginnings of her career as a composer and she began studying saxophone with her mother a few years later. Another important influence on her musical life was the eminent Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, whom she met in while majoring in composition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Penderecki invited McTee to teach his children English in exchange for composition lessons. She accepted the invitation and spent an entire year in Poland living with the Penderecki family and studying orchestration, twentieth-century composition techniques and counterpoint at the Cracow Academy of Music. Lessons with Penderecki were conducted informally, generally at the family dining room table. McTee taught for three years at her undergraduate alma mater in Tacoma, Washington, and in joined the faculty of the University of North Texas, receiving promotion to Full Professor in and to Regents Professor in She also participated in leadership roles at UNT, most notably as Chair of the Division of Composition Studies for a total of five years ending in
McTee was born in Tacoma, Washington. McTee taught at Pacific Lutheran University for three years before joining the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music in , where she received a promotion to Full Professor in and to Regents Professor in McTee has received two awards  from the American Academy of Arts and Letters , a fellowship   from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation , a Fulbright Fellowship , and a composer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts McTee married the conductor Leonard Slatkin on 20 November