McCutchan's personal essays about the role of music in her life go behind the typical “liner note” style of music writing to something far more elemental, primitive, bodily—and, hence, spiritual. As a clarinetist, McCutchan has learned how music can be a spiritual as well as artistic discipline. She celebrates the beauty of music (as well as the human mind and body), interrogates her own life to discover the path she's been walking; and bears witness to the presence of mystery. That makes her a triple threat.
Her personal essays have appeared in Boulevard, Image, Cimarron Review, and other literary journals; a recent essay, originally published in Image, appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin). Ann teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where she is prose editor of American Literary Review.
This essay was recorded in 2008.
- Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute (Amadeus Press, 1994)
- The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process (Oxford University Press, 1999)