Hailed as one of the best conductors in the USA today, Australian-born conductor Kathleen McGuire has appeared in major concert halls in England, Australia, and America. She is currently in her second season as the first woman conductor of the 200-voiced San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the world's first gay men's chorus, now entering its 25th season - the first gay chorus ever invited to perform at the Aspen Music Festival. With the Chorus she has worked with numerous celebrities, including: Broadway legend Carol Channing; Broadway and movie composer Jerry Herman; jazz impresario Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from TV's Star Trek); Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason; Tony Award winner Kristen Chenowith; Grammy Award nominee Bill Mooney; comedienne and author Kate Clinton. She has recently made critically acclaimed conducting debuts in California (San Jose and San Francisco), in Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center, and in New York City at Carnegie Hall. She will make her Sydney Opera House debut in November as the guest conductor for the massed international and Australasian choirs at Gay Games VI 2002, her first Australian conducting appearance since the mid-1990s.
An exceptionally versatile conductor of choral, operatic and orchestral music, McGuire is committed to works of the classical era, grandiose masterpieces of the nineteenth century, and music of the present-day. She is a noted interpreter of music of the post-modern era, and a proponent of the world's leading contemporary composers. Her impressive repertoire includes many world and regional premieres of works by composers such as David Conte, Steven B. Eulberg, Jerry Bock, David Kirtley, Marcia Marchesi, Mark L. Daniel, Houston Dunleavy, Siro Battaglia, Gareth Valentine, and Joseph Brooks.
McGuire is equally at home with orchestras in the theatre and on the concert platform, having worked with professional orchestras including: The Women's Philharmonic (San Francisco); Boulder Philharmonic (Colorado); and Guildford Philharmonic (England). She has been responsible for the preparation and performance of major operatic productions such as Rossini's La cenerentola, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and La boheme, Ponchielli's La gioconda, Britten's Albert Herring and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Bizet's Carmen, in addition to countless musical theatre productions. She has collaborated with and received mentoring from some of the world's foremost opera conductors, including Martin Isepp (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Robert Spillman (Aspen Music Festival), and Andrew Davis (Glyndebourne Festival Opera). She recently completed three years with the Lyric Theatre Opera in Colorado, and is currently working with Golden Gate Opera and Goat Hall Productions (San Francisco), and Opera By the Bay (Sausalito). In May 2002 she conducts Sarah Michael's chamber opera Arachne.
Excelling as a fine choral conductor, McGuire has recorded several compact disks with prominent chorales and chamber choirs. She recently completed three years as conductor of The Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins, Colorado, and St. Aidan's Episcopal Church Choir in Boulder, producing four CDs and numerous concerts. Her first CD with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus was released in November, 2001-a collaboration with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C., recorded live at The Kennedy Center. McGuire has also presented workshops and lectures in the choral milieu, particularly at conferences presented by GALA Choruses, Inc.
McGuire has established an unparalleled reputation as an orchestral trainer and clinician, working with young artists in three continents. Affiliations have included youth orchestras, community orchestras, and esteemed college orchestras such as the University of Colorado Symphony, the University of Surrey Orchestra (England), and The University of Melbourne Orchestra.
In addition to her outstanding skills as a conductor, McGuire is an internationally recognized scholar, music arranger, and composer. In October, 2002, her article "Tempo Problems in Arnold Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9" will appear in the Conductor's Guild Journal and her study of AIDS-related music is slated for publication in the Choral Journal. Several of her compositions and arrangements are published by Coal Creek Music and Yelton Rhodes Music.
McGuire received her doctorate from the University of Colorado (with a 4.0/4.0 G.P.A.), a Master of Music degree with Distinction from the University of Surrey, Britain, and was elected as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the venerable National Music Honor Society (USA). In Australia she studied composition at the University of Melbourne, music education at Monash University, and conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts (with Robert Rosen and Nicholas Braithwaite). Her numerous awards include Best Musical Director from the Victorian Music Theatre Guild, and the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship. Other professional affiliations include the American Symphony League, the Conductors Guild, the College Music Society, the American Choral Directors Association, and Bay Area Career Women. McGuire looks forward to becoming a conductor of renown in the San Francisco Bay Area and the world arena.
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