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Jennifer McGuire is a pianist, vocal coach and conductor based in Nashville. She is Music Director of the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre at Vanderbilt University, as well as Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano. McGuire is an active recitalist, with recent engagements at the Eastman School of Music, Carroll University, Cal State LA, Skidmore College, and Symphony Space, among others. She is a core member of the Atlantic Ensemble, a chamber group regularly featured on the Accueil Musical de St.-Merry concert series in Paris, France.
McGuire has worked for Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera and Nashville Symphony Chorus, and she is an official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. McGuire was a repetitor at the AIMS festival in Graz, Austria, from 2008-10. In 2014, she co-founded a mentoring program for young professional vocal coaches with the collaborative pianist Roger Vignoles, which runs biennially at Vanderbilt. In June 2016, McGuire joined the faculty of the Seagle Music Colony as music director for the premiere of the American grand opera Roscoe. McGuire also coached the singers for Albany Symphony’s concert version of Roscoe, which featured soprano Deborah Voigt in the lead role of Veronica. McGuire has since musically directed the world premiere of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Seagle, and is slated to do Le Nozze di Figaro in 2019.
McGuire made her conducting debut with the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Recent conducting engagements include Seagle Music Colony’s workshop of Ghosts of Gatsby, which she will also music direct at Opera America in January 2019, and Vanderbilt’s production of Candide by Leonard Bernstein. In March 2019, McGuire will be assistant conductor for Opera Birmingham’s production of Tosca.
McGuire holds a double Master of Music in piano performance and collaborative piano from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Shorter College. As a sophomore at Shorter, McGuire was a national finalist in the MTNA Collegiate Piano competition.