Anne McGinty is the most prolific woman composer in the field
of concert band literature. Her many compositions and arrangements for concert
band, string orchestra, flute, and flute ensembles (over 225 titles), all but
one of which have been published, extend from the elementary through the professional
level. More than 40 of these compositions were commissioned from bands in the
United States. Ms. McGinty was also the first woman commissioned to write an
original work for the United States Army Band. That composition, entitled "Hall
Of Heroes", featured the US Army Band & Chorus and was premiered in
March, 2000, with the composer conducting. She was also commissioned to write
an original composition for the Bicentennial of the United States Military
Academy at West Point. Entitled "To Keep Thine Honor Bright," it
was premiered in September, 2001.
She began her higher education at The Ohio State University, where Donald
McGinnis was her mentor, band director and flute teacher. She left OSU to pursue
a career in flute performance, and played principal flute with the Tucson (Arizona)
Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, and in the TSO Woodwind Quintet,
which toured Arizona under the auspices of a government grant. When she returned
to college, she received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, and Master
of Music from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she concentrated
on flute performance, music theory and composition. She studied flute and chamber
music with Bernard Goldberg and composition with Joseph Willcox Jenkins.
She is a life member of the National Flute Association and served on its
Board of Directors. She taught flute at several colleges in the Mid-West, taught
flute and chamber music to underprivileged children and was leader of a Royal
American Regiment Fife and Drum Corps. She continued to perform professionally
in orchestras, chamber groups and as a flute clinician for a manufacturer.
Although no longer performing as a flutist, Ms. McGinty remains well known
as a flute choir specialist and was the first person to convince two major
educational music publishers to publish a series for flute choir. As the flute
editor at Hansen Publications in Miami Beach, Florida, she arranged and produced
the first such flute choir series. She has composed and arranged music for
solo flute, flute with piano accompaniment, flute duets, trios and quartets,
as well as flute choirs.
She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP) and has received annual composition awards since 1986. She received
the Golden Rose Award from the Women Band Directors National Association and
the Outstanding Service to Music Award from Tau Beta Sigma, a national honorary
band sorority. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and the International
Who' SE Who in Music.
Ms. McGinty is also active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker throughout
the United States and Canada. She has conducted regional and all-state bands,
given clinics at many state conventions and universities on band performance,
literature and emotions in music, and has given speeches at state and national
conventions, with many diverse topics, all of which are related to the performance
and enjoyment of music and the values of music education.
Anne McGinty and Mr. Edmondson formed Queenwood Publications in 1987 and were
responsible for the creation, production, promotion, and international sales
and distribution of Queenwood's catalog of concert band, jazz band and string
orchestra music. They sold their company to the Neil A. Kjos Music Company
in March, 2002, and are writing exclusively for them under the Queenwood/Kjos
Her other interests include weight lifting, reading murder mysteries, learning
to play the bagpipes and nurturing her two cats, Starz and Stripes.