Discipline: Music Composition

Grace McLean

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: NEW YORK
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Called “electrifying” by The Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times, Grace McLean is a multi-hyphenate actress-singer-writer-teacher. In addition to performing in the New York theatre scene on Broadway and off, Grace writes and performs original music with her band Grace McLean & Them Apples. Stephen Holden of The New York Times says “Ms. McLean’s voice [is] a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power...Behind her playful adventurousness lies a well of passion.”

McLean was a headlining performer and vocal instructor at the SingStrong a capella festivals in DC and Chicago in 2014, she has had two artistic ambassadorships with the U.S. State Department touring Pakistan (2015) and Russia (2018), and her band performed in both the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln Center American Songbook series. McLean's pop opera about 12th century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater and she has developed work at CAP21, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Goodspeed, The Orchard Project, and The PiTCH. At MacDowell in 2018, Grace worked on her Hildegard von Bingen project. She received the Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2017. Original music available on iTunes. www.gracemclean.com


Irving Fine

Grace McLean worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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