Rolin R. Mains has worked as a professional musician for over 30 years performing on piano and keyboards, conducting, and composing music for events, television, and film. He has been nominated for a Dove Award three times for Instrumental Album of the Year, and won the award in 1997. Mr. Mains has accompanied Natalie Cole with the Manhattan Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Christmas 2008, and toured with nationally recognized Christian artist Sandi Patty. He has also performed with Donna Summer, Wayne Watson, Dino Kartsonakis, Ray Boltz and traveled with the productions of Young Messiah, and Emmanuel. Mr. Mains is currently serving as Music Director for Christ Cathedral’s First Friday service, a progressive episcopalian service featuring dance, new music, poetry and visual art. Mr. Mains composes music for the service ranging from tex-mex/conjunto to british invasion to more mainstream art music. He also serves as Music Director for St. Ann’s Episcopal Church where he routinely composes psalm settings, liturgical settings, and anthems for the choir and parish of St. Ann's.
He is currently Music Director in residence at Street Theatre Company in Nashville and was selected for Best Musical Direction in 2011 in the Nashville Scene's "Best of Nashville" awards issue. While at Street Theatre, he underscored the thriller, The Bad Seed live on the piano during its run in the summer of 2011. He has gained critical acclaim for his direction of the American premiere of Chess: In Concert, as well as Ragtime, and The Who's Tommy.
He has written a book called, Simply Synth, a tutorial on the art of playing synthesizers.
Mr. Mains is the founder of the Nashville Composers Association, a non-profit 501c3 organization with the vision to provide composers opportunities to have their works heard in television, film, ballet, theater, and the concert hall.