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Marriage Made in Musical Heaven
Two Famed Musicians Wed After Long Courtship...


                                                                                                             (Photo by Fred Zlotkin -  Leonard's brother)

     January 1, 2012: Cindy Mctee, daughter of life-long Eatonville residents, Jackie and Chuck Mctee, married  Slatkin November 20, 2011 in an intimate ceremony in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cindy graduated from Eatonville High School in 1971, At 12-years-old Cindy entered, and won, a town contest to name Glacier View Park known for decades as the home of the Lions Club Art Festival.
    Cindy is a recent cancer survivor having been diagnosed June 9, 2011 with the disease. The couple has been committed to each other for many, many years and during the trying time dealing with cancer Leonard proposed.
    The newlyweds are both dedicated to music and together have too many awards and accolades that can be listed. During the 84th May Day celebration Cindy was one of the recipients of the first annual EHS Awards of Distinction for her amazing contributions.
    Along with her mom, and sister, Christie Cindy was the valedictorian of her graduating class. Cindy's parents are extremely happy for her, Dad Chuck recently told ENN "Leonard is a fantastic man!"

Cindy Writes...

     About 20 guests attended the small wedding at our home in Bloomfield Hills on November 20, 2011. Federal judge, Gerald Rosen, officiated and flutists, Sir James and Lady Galway, provided the music. The setting . . . six tall orchids surrounded our fireplace, and large windows on either side looked out to the wooded back yard. The sun came out at just the right moment.
     Leonard and I have known each other since the late 80’s and have worked together many times over the years. In January of 2009, he went to Texas to conduct concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and I asked if he might be willing to spend some time with the students at UNT. He agreed, and the next day, Leonard and I went out on our first date.
     I know Leonard feels the same way I do, that we are very fortunate to have been friends for more than twenty years first. Our current relationship grew naturally out of mutual respect and shared experience. We've had a very good time.
    I'm finished with my chemo now. Leonard has walked this journey with me every step of the way. I could not have done it without him.
    (Publisher's Note: Read about Cindy and Leonard's journey through cancer
http://www.cindymctee.com/cure.html)

Story about the Marriage from The Detroit News

      by Mark Hicks
      The Detroit News

     Just days after Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin committed to more time with the group, he entered into another kind of long-term partnership.
     A celebrity in the world of orchestra conductors, Slatkin wed girlfriend and composer Cindy McTee on Sunday at their home in Bloomfield Hills.
     Their nuptials came amid a flurry of activity. Slatkin also conducted the Festival of Flutes over the weekend, which featured guest flutist Sir James Galway. "Shenandoah," a piece McTee composed, also was performed, according to her website.
     The couple had their private ceremony Sunday morning before a 3 p.m. concert. That was followed by a reception attended by some 200 guests at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, said Paul Hogle, executive vice president of the DSO.
     Slatkin and McTee had been dating "for a while," Hogle said.
     Their wedding came just days after it was announced onstage Thursday that Slatkin has extended his contract with DSO.
     According to a DSO announcement, the contract extension, which builds on his current agreement through the 2012-13 season, covers a minimum of 14 weeks of concerts and has Slatkin relinquishing a portion of his base pay in the interest of preserving funds for programming.
     Slatkin, 67, arrived in Detroit during the 2008-09 season.
     Besides his duties here, Slatkin is music director with the Ochestre National de Lyon in France, and principal guest
conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
     Before 2008, Slatkin led the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., for 12 years, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 17 years.
     McTee, an award-winning composer whose work has been performed worldwide and in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, retired last year from the University of North Texas as regents professor emerita, according to her website.

Wedding Reception in Eatonville

     Cindy and Leonard's wedding reception in Eatonville at the Baptist Church held early September 2012. Photo courtesy of Cindy and Leonard.



Cindy McTee Earns Another Major Music Award...


                                                                                                                                                                                          (courtesy photo)

      An Eatonville High graduate Cindy McTee was raised in Eatonville. She is the daughter of Jackie and Chuck McTee, longtime Eatonville residents. Among her many accomplishments Cindy won a contest to name the park near the cemetery. She was 12 and her entry was Glacier View Park.

      March 24, 2009


      Dr. Cindy McTee, Regents Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas College of Music, won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, given annually to one living woman composer.
      As the winner, McTee will receive a $10,000 cash award and compose an original orchestral work to be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin June 3-6, 2010.
      “I am thrilled for the opportunity to write a new piece for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its newly appointed music director, Leonard Slatkin,” McTee said. “And I am also very grateful for the support UNT will give to this project in the coming months.
      “Commissions of this sort are relatively rare and always provide huge potential for growth,” she said. “What a privilege it will be to write for a world-renowned conductor who has championed the work of countless living composers and an orchestra considered to be among the finest anywhere. I can’t wait to get started.”
      McTee, who was announced as winner on February 20, was chosen from about 50 applicants from Austria, China, Japan, Korea and the United States. The third annual competition was judged by a committee of Slatkin; Bright Sheng, composer; David DiChiera, composer and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre; Richard Robinson, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist; and Catherine Compton, Detroit Symphony Orchestra violist.
     The award was named for Lebenbom, a composer, poet, artist, teacher and lecturer who died in 2002.
     For a complete list of Cindy's past performances please see Cindy McTee Past Performances
     More about Cindy on ENN
Cindy McTee      
 


More Wonderful Music from Cindy McTee...


                                        
(photo by Bob Walter)

       by Dixie A. Walter
       July 29, 2005

      July 29, 2005: Cindy McTee, daughter of long-time local residents Jackie and Chuck McTee, has once again produced a great piece of music. The world debut of Dr. McTee's "Einstein's Dream" was performed from March 31 through April 2 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been performed at dozens of  prestigious symphony halls and centers. To hear hear part of her latest work please listen at Finish Line and click on "first complete draft."
    Among them, two invitations, in 2002 and 2003, from the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. A few of the other performances of Cindy's compositions are the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. (2002), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, (2003), Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2001), and Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (2003). Her compositions have been performed by orchestras, bands and chamber ensembles in America, Japan, South America and Europe. For a complete list of Cindy's past performances please see Cindy McTee Past Performances
    Cindy taught for three years at PLU and joined the University of North Texas College of Music Faculty in 1984, was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and to Regents Professor in 2000. She is presently an elected member of the Board of the American Music Center in New York City, a position she has held since 2003.
     The Eatonville High graduate who made her mark in the world of music has received too many awards to list here. Among the more notable are two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002 and 1992; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001; a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990; and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994.
    
For a complete list of Cindy's awards please see Cindy McTee Awards
  
 

 



Speaking of Music...


                                                                                                (photo by Bob Walter)

     Jackie McTee and her daughter Cindy in Eatonville New Year's Eve 2004. Jackie, Cindy and Cindy's sister, Christy, all were valedictorians in their Eatonville High School graduating classes. Cindy is a Regents Professor of Music Composition at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas, but managed to come home for the Christmas holidays to spend time with her family. 
     And speaking of parks, at age 12 Cindy entered a town contest to name the "new" park being developed near the cemetery. Cindy's entry, "Glacier View Park," was the winner. (That park land was also donated to the town by T. C. Van Eaton.)

Works Performed at Carnegie Hall 

     by Dixie A. Walter
     March 13, 2005

     The world debut of Dr. Cindy McTee's "Einstein's Dream" will be performed from March 31 through April 2 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Cindy recently gave an interview to LeAnn Binford from the Juilliard School's Playbill Arts publication. To read Cindy's insights, and humorous thoughts, about the world's most famous genius please see PlaybillArts: Features: A Dream of Music and Technology
   Dr. Cindy McTee's works have been performed at dozens of prestigious symphony halls and centers, among them, two invitations, in 2002 and 2003, from the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. A few of the other performances of Cindy's compositions are the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. (2002), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, (2003), Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2001), and Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (2003). Her compositions have been performed by orchestras, bands and chamber ensembles in America, Japan, South America and Europe. For a complete list of Cindy's past performances please see Cindy McTee Past Performances
     Cindy's mom, Jackie, who taught first grade in Eatonville her entire teaching career, describes her daughter as being creative in many areas, and said she could have been an excellent artist too. And, although Jackie denies any creativity of her own, this is belied by her own musical abilities. Both Cindy's parents, Jackie and Chuck McTee, were musicians when Cindy was growing up. Chuck was a trumpet player and Jackie played both clarinet and tenor sax. Not wanting to leave their child with baby sitters, the McTees took her along as their small band rehearsed. Cindy grew up hearing the music from the 40's and 50's. 
     When asked at what age she started hearing music in her mind, Cindy remembered hearing a whole symphony in her head at age six. It was also at that age she started piano lessons with a teacher who encouraged improvisation. A few years later Cindy began studying the saxophone with her Mom.
     During the mid-1970's as a junior at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) Cindy met celebrated Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. She accepted his invitation to study with him in Poland in exchange for teaching his children English. Cindy spent a year in Poland with his family. She took the opportunity in Poland to study with Marek Stachowski and Krystyna Moszumanska-Nazar.
     She also studied with David Robbins and Thomas Clark at PLU, Bruce MacCombie and Jacob Druckman at the Yale School of Music, and with Richard Hervig at the University of Iowa.
     Cindy taught for three years at PLU and joined the University of North Texas College of Music Faculty in 1984, was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and to Regents Professor in 2000. She is presently an elected member of the Board of the American Music Center in New York City, a position she has held since 2003.
     The Eatonville High graduate who made her mark in the world of music has received too many awards to list here. Among the more notable are two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002 and 1992; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001; a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990; and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994.
   

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