Kathleen McGuire - Resume

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KATHLEEN MCGUIRE, DMA [email protected] ● linkedin.com/in/kathleenmcguire ● www.Kathleen-McGuire.com +1-415-251-7807 (office voicemail)

– Curriculum Vitae –

CONDUCTOR | EDUCATOR | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | ARRANGER Thirty years of international and domestic choral and orchestral conducting, secondary school and university instruction, composition and arranging experience. Deep experience across sacred, secular, traditional and contemporary repertoire in interdisciplinary and innovative performance arenas. Conducting experience from Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, to Sydney Opera House and Montreal’s Place des Arts. Known for flexibility and versatility, working well with highly diverse populations.

EDUCATION Doctorate of Musical Arts, conducting, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 2000 GPA: 4.0/4.0, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society) Dissertation Projects: -

Research document and lecture recital. “Thematic material and tempo problems in Arnold Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie No. 1” Published in part in the Conductors Guild Journal.


Research document and lecture recital. “Moments of Silence: The Japanese Aesthetic Concept of MA and its Applications for the Orchestral Conductor.”


Editing project. Requiem (1991) by Gareth Valentine. Arrangement of piano reduction and engraving of full and pianovocal scores, used for professional recording released on the Jay Records label.


Research document. “AIDS-Related Music: Will It Survive?” Also presented as a lecture at the Inaugural Graduate Students in Music Symposium at City University of New York University, 1998.


Research documents and performance recitals: Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg When Icicles Hang by John Rutter

Requiem by Gareth Valentine Lucina’s Light by Kay Gardner

Master of Music, conducting, with distinction, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, 1997 -

Dissertation: “John Rutter at Fifty: A Survey of His Music And Influences,” including composer interview

Bachelor of Music, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, 1987

DIPLOMAS & CERTIFICATES Graduate Teacher Certificate, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 2000 Preparing Future Faculty Certificate, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 2000 Certificate, Didgeridoo University of Central Australia, Alice Springs, Australia, 1998 Graduate Diploma in Music Education, Monash University, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1992 Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music (Conducting), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990 -

Dissertation, “Broadway Musicals 1951-1960: An Examination of the Broadway Musicals of This Ten Year Period Specifically in Terms of Their Content and Achievements.”

Kathleen McGuire CV, Page Two


2011-present: Minister of Music, Congregational Church of San Mateo United Church of Christ, California 2011-present: bass guitar and vocals, Critical Bliss rock band, San Francisco, California 2005-present: Conductor, Community Women’s Orchestra, Oakland, California 2010-present: Artistic Director and Founder, Singers of the Street, San Francisco California 2000-2010: Artistic Director and Conductor, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, San Francisco, California 2002: Music Director, Goat Hall Cabaret Opera, San Francisco, California 1997-2000: Artistic Director, The Rainbow Chorus, Fort Collins, Colorado 1996-2000: Music Director, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, Colorado 1996-2000: Assistant Conductor, University of Colorado Orchestra, Boulder, Colorado 1996-2000: Associate Conductor, University of Colorado New Music Ensemble, Boulder, Colorado 1999-2000: Associate Conductor, Boulder Youth Symphony, Boulder, Colorado 1997-2000: Assistant Conductor, Lyric Theatre Opera, Boulder, Colorado 1997-2000: Associate Conductor, Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, Lakewood, Colorado 1996: Conductor, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 1993: Concertmaster (preparing festival chorus for Pinchas Zukerman and John Grundy), 42nd Annual Intervarsity Choral Festival, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1993: Music Director, Renaissance Opera Company, Victoria, Australia 1990-1992: Melbourne University Choral Society, Melbourne, Victoria Australia 1992: Conductor, Malvern Symphony Orchestra 1992: Music Director & Founder, Melbourne Dancers Company, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1991: Music Director, Monash University Musical Theatre Company, Clayton, Victoria, Australia 1991: Music Director, Whitehorse Musical Theatre, Burwood, Victoria, Australia 1990-1992: Conductor & Founder, Victorian Women’s Orchestra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1989-1991: CLOC Musical Theatre, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia 1990: Music Director, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1989-1990: Music Director, Lyric Opera of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1985-1990: Music Director, Mentone Old Time Theatre Society, Mentone 1989: Conductor, Kew Philharmonic Orchestra, Kew, Victoria, Australia 1988-1989: Assistant Conductor, Toorak Uniting Church Choir, Toorak, Victoria, Australia 1988-1989: Music Director, NOVA Theatre, Nunawading, Victoria, Australia 1988-1990: Staff Conductor, Melbourne Youth Choir, Melbourne, Australia 1988: Music Director, Melbourne Opera Company, Victoria, Australia 1988: Music Director, Viola Musical Comedy Society, Victoria, Australia 1987: Festival Theatre Company, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1984 -1988: Music Director, Mordialloc Light Opera Company, Parkdale, Victoria, Australia 1984-1986: Assistant Conductor, Byrd-Cage Singers, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 1983-1985: Assistant Conductor, Melbourne Moomba Youth Band, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1980-1982: Assistant Conductor, St. Aidan’s Anglican Church Choir, Mentone, Victoria, Australia



2012: Australasian Choir, GALA Festival, Denver, Colorado. Audience: 2500 2011: Old First Presbyterian Church Choir 2009: Love Is All You Need – A Tribute to the Beatles, Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus, Melbourne, Australia. Audience: 800 2006: Festival Chorus, Cultural Festival of Gay Games VII, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. Audience: 30,000 2003-present: Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco 2000: Rehearsal conductor, Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, Colorado Opera Troupe, Denver, Colorado 2002: Cultural Festival of Gay Games VI, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Audience: 2600 2002: Empyrean Ensemble & Sacrament Ballet. World premiere performance of the ballet The Tempest by Jerome Begin in the inaugural season of the Jackson Hall, Robert and Margit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Sacramento, California. The Empyrean Ensemble is resident professional ensemble of the University of California at Davis. Audiences: 3500 2001: Community Women’s Orchestra, rehearsal conductor 2001 and 2002: San Francisco premiere of the choral symphony Eos by David Conte, and the orchestra’s annual Reading Session of new works. Audiences: 2500

Kathleen McGuire CV, Page Three Guest Conducting – continued -

2001: Carmen by George Bizet, Golden Gate Opera, San Francisco, California. Multiple performances. Audiences: 1200 Fall 2001: Carmen by Georges Bizet, Opera By the Bay, inaugural opera festival with guest soloists from Russia, Sausalito, California. Audiences:1000 2001: World premiere of Arachne by Sarah Michael, Goat Hall Cabaret Opera, San Francisco, California. Audiences: 600 1997: Rehearsal conductor, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Aurora, Colorado. 1996-2000: University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder, Colorado. Audiences: 2000 1996-1997: Boulder Philharmonic’s Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra. Professional orchestra. Subscription series concerts and educational tour. Boulder and Montrose, Colorado. Audiences: 3000 1996: Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Boulder, Colorado. Audiences: 250 1995: Prometheus by Scriabin, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford, United Kingdom 1993: Benefit concert for Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1992-1994: Annual AIDS Requiem Services, St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia


January 10, 2012: Profiles of Excellence Award, ABC7 TV January 18, 2011: Conductor Laureate, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus April 22, 2010: Mayoral Proclamation, “Kathleen McGuire Day,” San Francisco, California April 22, 2010: California Senate Proclamation April 22, 2010: Certificate of Recognition, California Senate May 21, 2008: Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly June 19, 2006: Proclamation, San Francisco Board of Supervisors June 19, 2006: Proclamation, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom August 16, 2004: Certificate of Recognition, California Legislature June 27, 2003: Water Bond, awarded by San Francisco City Treasurer Susan Leal 2009-present, Cambridge Who’s Who Registry 2007-present, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis 2006-present, Who’s Who in America, Marquis 2006-present, Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis 2006, Grand Marshal, San Francisco Pride 2007, Bay Area Personality, Bay Area Reporter 2006, Influential Person of 2006, San Francisco Bay Times

MEDIA APPEARANCES TIME Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Curve Magazine, Girlfriend Magazine, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Bay Times, The Examiner, The Observer, Bay Guardian, Oakland Tribune, The Montclarion, Contra Costa Times, Modesto Bee, Sacramento Bee, The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa), ACSO News, Conductors Guild Journal, The Voice, ABC7-TV, KRON4-TV (Jan Wahl), KQED-TV, KTVU2-TV, Comcast TV, West Coast Live national radio, NPR national radio, BBC world radio, Sirius satellite radio (national), KLLC-FM Alice radio Morning Show (San Francisco), STAR 101.3 radio Don Blue Morning Show (San Francisco), Energy 92.7 (San Francisco), KGO radio News Talk 810, KFOG radio (San Francisco), KCBS radio (San Francisco), KDFC radio (San Francisco), KFRC Morning Show (San Francisco), KALW radio (San Francisco), 960 The Quake radio KQKE-AM (San Francisco), KCHO North State Public Radio (Chico), SWIRL radio (San Francisco), Jefferson Public Radio (Redding), KPFT radio (Dallas, TX), KACO radio (Santa Cruz), KZSC radio (Santa Cruz), JOYFM (Australia), 3MBS (Australia), Radio New Zealand (national), AIDS LifeCycle media spokesperson (2006)


Working knowledge: French, Italian, German, Japanese Pronunciation: Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Latin (Italianate and Germanic), Hebrew, various African languages, Maori (New Zealand); Samoan; Australian Aboriginal

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2012: GALA Festival, Denver, Colorado 2012: United Church of Christ National Music Conference, Kansas City, Missouri 2009-present: Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) (guest presenter, 2010) 2010: International Enneagram Convention, San Francisco (guest speaker) 2010: Elected to the International Board of Directors as Culture Officer and Chair of the Culture Committee, Federation of Gay Games 2010-present: Member, Chamber Musicians of Northern California (CMNC) 2008: GALA Festival, Miami, Florida 2008-2010: Member of the General Assembly, Federation of Gay Games 2008-2010: Member of the Culture Committee, Federation of Gay Games 2008-present: Association Services Committee, GALA Choruses 2007: Metropolitan Community Church National Convention 2004: GALA Festival, Montreal, Canada 2003-present: Member, Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco, California 2003-2007: MENC Music Educators Association 2002-2003: Board member, GALA Choruses 2001 and 2005: ACDA national conventions (New York City and Los Angeles) 1999-present: Member, College Music Society 1998-present: Member, Chorus America 1998-present: Member, League of American Orchestras 1997-present: Member, ASCAP 1997-present (annually): GALA Choruses conferences and festivals 1994-1995: Member, Music Department Course Board, University of Surrey, UK 1983-1986: Treasurer, Music Student’s Society, University of Melbourne, Australia


2012: ABC-TV “Profiles of Excellence” Award 2010: Conductor Laureate, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 2010: The American Prize for Choral Conducting: Excellence in Music Education Citation 2010: KQED Local Hero Award 2009: Finalist, OUT Music Award. Disc: Tune In, Turn Up, Sing Out 2008: Finalist, OUT Music Award. DVD: U.S.S. Metaphor 2008: Winner, OUT Music Award – Outstanding Choral Song. Disc: Creating Harmony: 30th Season Highlights 2005: Winner, OUT Music Award – Outstanding New Choral Recording. Disc: Home for the Holidays 2005: Finalist, OUT Music Award – Outstanding New Choral Recording. Disc: Divas’ Revenge 2004: Winner, OUT Music Award – Outstanding New Choral Recording. Disc: Closer Than Ever, 25th Anniversary 2004: Finalist, OUT Music Award – Outstanding New Choral Recording. Disc: Oh, Happy Day! 2002: Finalist, OUT Music Award – Outstanding New Choral Recording. Disc: SFGMC Does Queen 2001: Winner, Washington Area Music Award. Disc: I Dream of a Time 1991: Best Music Director, Music Theatre Guild (Australia) 1982: Valedictorian (“Dux”), Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Australia


1999-2000: Beverly Sears Dean’s Small Grant, University of Colorado, Graduate School 1998: Music Dean’s Graduate Student Grant, University of Colorado 1997-1999 (annually): Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Colorado, College of Music 1997-1998: Travel Grant, University of Colorado Graduate School 1996-2000 (annually): Adopt-a-Student Honors Scholarship, University of Colorado, College of Music 1996-1997: Enrollment Enhancement Fellowship, University of Colorado 1996: Diocese of Colorado Commission on Young Adult Ministry Grant 1994-1995: Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship 1984: Florence Bradford Bursary Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 1985: Ivy-May Pendlebury Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 1977-1982: 6-year academic scholarship, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

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2005-present: Instructor, Community Women’s Orchestra, Laney College, Oakland, California 2004-2007: Choir and Musical Theater Director, Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, California 2002: Guest Conductor, The Empyrean Ensemble, resident orchestra, University of California at Davis, California 1997-2000: Teaching Assistant, Opera Program, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado 1996-2000: Teaching Assistant, University Orchestra, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado 1994-1995: Assistant Conductor, University Chorus and Orchestra, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom 1994-1995: Conductor, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom 1994-1995: Conductor, Wind Symphony, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom 1994-1995: Student Representative, Graduate Course Board, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom 1993: Concertmaster assisting Pinchas Zukerman and John Grundy, 42nd Annual Intervarsity Choral Festival, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1992: Guest Lecturer, Teaching Conductors, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia 1996: Instrumental Music Teacher (guitar), Parkdale High School, Parkdale, Victoria, Australia 1990: Music Director, Monash University Musical Theatre Company, Clayton, Victoria, Australia 1990: Guest Lecturer, Teaching Conductor, The University of Melbourne, Department of Education, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 1990-1994, 1996: Classroom and Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar, clarinet, saxophone), Music Craft (Junior & Senior classes), Junior Concert Band Conductor, Senior Orchestra Assistant Conductor, Senior Concert Band Assistant Conductor, Mentone, Victoria, Australia 1989-1990: Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar, percussion), Concert Band Conductor, Percussion Ensemble, McKinnon, Victoria, Australia 1988-1990: Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar, percussion), Percussion Ensemble Conductor, Concert Band Conductor, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College, Mentone, Victoria, Australia 1988-1989: Head of Music Department, Classroom Music Teacher, Conductor of Choirs, School Band, Recorder Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Sandringham East Primary School 1988: Classroom and Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar), Sacred Heart Regional Girls’ College, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia 1987: Private Music Theory Tutor, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 1987: Classroom Music Teacher, Junior Choir Conductor, Senior Concert Band Conductor, Musical Theatre Conductor, Killester College, Springvale, Victoria, Australia 1985-1986: Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar, clarinet), Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia 1984-1986: Assistant Conductor, Byrd-Cage Singers, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1983-1986: Instrumental Music Teacher (classical guitar, trumpet, trombone, clarinet), Orchestra Conductor, Sacré Coeur College, Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia


2001: Conductors Guild, Santa Cruz / Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz, California 1999: Conductors Guild, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, New York City, New York 1997-present: GALA Choruses conducting workshops led by Joseph Jennings, Andre Thomas, Jing Ling Tam, Rowena Wiis, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Charlene Archibeque, Rodney Eichenberger, Doreen Rao, Dennis Coleman, and Timothy Seelig 1996: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom 1996: Marin Alsop (Colorado Symphony), University of Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder, Colorado 1991: Richard Divall (Victoria State Opera), Melbourne, Australia 1991: Carlo Felice Cillario (Opera Australia), Melbourne, Australia 1991: Robert Rosen (Opera Australia), Melbourne, Australia 1991: Myer Fredman (Opera Australia), Melbourne, Australia 1991: Warwick Stengards (Western Australia Opera), Melbourne, Australia 1985: Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Australia

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TEACHERS Dates reflect years of study. Instrument playing continued after formal study. -


2000-present: Conducting mentor, Vance George, San Francisco, California 1997-2000: Conducting, Robert Spillman, Boulder, Colorado 1996-2000: Conducting, Theodore Kuchar, Boulder, Colorado 1994-1995: Conducting, Nicholas Conran, Guildford, United Kingdom 1994-1995: Conducting, Sebastian Forbes, Guildford, United Kingdom 1994-1995: Conducting, Owen Rees, Guildford, United Kingdom 1992: Violin, Terry-Anne Ashley, Mentone, Australia 1990-1994: Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Megan Philips, Stephen Rabach, Melbourne, Australia 1989-1994: Clarinet, John Hay-McKenzie and Peter Edge, Melbourne, Australia 1989-1993: Conducting, Robert Rosen, Melbourne, Australia 1988-1990: Conducting, Nicholas Braithwaite, Melbourne, Australia 1988-1990: Piano, Helen Kasztelan, Melbourne, Australia 1983-1986: Voice, Loris Synan and Nina Cooke, Melbourne, Australia 1983-1984: Classical Guitar, Peter Lynch and John Griffith, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 1980-1982: Trumpet, Julie Payne, Mentone, Australia 1990-1994: Bass Guitar, Sylvia Hosking and James Rust, Melbourne, Australia 1980- : Percussion, Ken Oliver and David Worrall, Melbourne, Australia 1979: Trumpet, Peter Chaplin, Mentone, Australia 1975-present: Choral Singing, extensive experience singing sacred and secular repertoire in professional, church, school, and community settings. Highlights include: Byrd-Cage Singers directed by Loris Synan (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Chamber Choir directed by Owen Rees (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK), University Singers directed by Joan Catoni Conlon (University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado) 1973: Classical Guitar, Mrs. Waterson, Mr. Grant, Melbourne, Australia



July, 2012: “Demystifying the Art of Conducting,” GALA Festival, Denver, Colorado February, 2011: “Demystifying the Art of Conducting,” Music and Arts Circle, San Mateo, California September, 2010: Panelist: “EDs are from Mars, ADs are from Venus”, GALA Choruses Conference, Dallas Texas. July 2010: “The Right Stuff For the Right Reason.” Panelist with NancyBell Coe, president, Music Academy of the West; Jeremy Geffen, director of artistic planning, Carnegie Hall; Chad Smith, vice president artistic planning, Los Angeles Philharmonic. 42nd Annual ASCO Conference, San Francisco, California. July 2010: “Gays and the Enneagram,” Panelist, International Enneagram Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California. September 2008: Rehearsal Clinician, Puna Men’s Chorus three-day workshop, Puna, Hawaii. October 2007: Presenter, “Say it without words – a crash course”, GALA Choruses Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado. September 2007: Speaker, Bayer Diversity Council Speaker Series, Berkeley, California. September, 2006: Presenter, “The ups and downs of conducting”, GALA Choruses Annual Conference, Miami, Florida. September 1999: “Adding an orchestra: A crash course for the choral conductor,” GALA Choruses Conference, Washington, D.C. September 1999: “Long-range music planning,” GALA Choruses Conference, Washington, D.C. 1998: Inaugural Graduate Students in Music Annual Symposium, City University of New York, New York, New York. 1994-present: 50+ speaking engagements, Rotary Clubs in Australia, the United Kingdom, and USA. 1986: National Symposium for Choral Conductors, Melbourne, Australia.

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ARRANGING & COMPOSING 100+ works since 2000; 42 listed on ASCAP -

2012: Follow Me – orchestration of grand opening of the United Methodist Church National Conference, Florida 2011: Swing Into Laughter concert arranged for Seattle Women’s Chorus directed by Dennis Coleman, and actress/comedienne Kathy Najimy 2010: “Imagine” (John Lennon) and “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen) medley, arranged for mixed chorus and piano, featured as the finale to the Metropolitan Community Church General Convention, Acapulco, Mexico. 2010: “Take The Flame” choral arrangement for mixed voices performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany. 2009: “Auld Lang Syne” arrangement for men’s chorus, guitar and tin whistle commissioned by Buffalo Men’s Chorus. 2009: Lullaby of Broadway - full concert of musical theater arrangements for women’s chorus and theater orchestra, commissioned by the Seattle Women’s Chorus directed by Dennis Coleman. 2008: New World Waking - Songs On The Road To Peace arranged for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ 30th anniversary. Music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin. 2007: U.S.S. Metaphor - parody of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, arranged for men’s chorus. 2004: Gloria by John Rutter, arranged for men’s chorus with the permission of Oxford University Press. Has been performed in the USA and Australia. Included on the award-winning CD Home For The Holidays, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, 2005. 2002, 2007: “Harriet Tubman” – TTBB and SATB arrangements published by Shawnee Press in Turtle Creek Chorale series. SATB arrangement recognized as “Editor’s Choice” by J.W. Pepper, 2008-2009. Some 12,000 copies sold to date. 2002: SFGMC Does QUEEN – A Tribute to Freddie Mercury and the British Rock Band, full concert of arrangements for men’s chorus. Has been performed by several choruses in the USA. Commissioned for SATB arrangements by The Cho!r in Australia, 2011. 1999: Requiem by Gareth Valentine (1991). Full score edited and engraved. Arranged the piano reduction. Both were used on the professional recording led by the composer, commercially released on Jay Records. 1998: “We Shall Overcome” a cappella choral arrangement – SATB and TTBB - published by Yelton Rhodes Music in 2002. Widely performed throughout the USA. 1998: “On Love” composition for mixed chorus and organ, commissioned for the wedding of Rev. Lee Ann Bryce and Rev. Sara Smith, Boulder, CO. Published by Coal Creek Music Publishing and Yelton Rhodes Music. 1997: “May God Shield You” for SATB choir and piano or organ. Commissioned for the ordination of Rev. Neysa Ellgren, Dec. 1997. Recorded on the CD: St. Aidan’s Prayer for Lindisfarne, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Choir, Boulder, Colorado. 1992: “Anthem” from the musical Chess arranged for SATB chorus, featured at the Opening Ceremony of the Gay Games in Chicago at Soldier Field, 1996. Also featured as the festival concert finale at the Out And Loud Festival in Auckland, 2010. 1991: The Zoo - complete orchestration commissioned by the Gilbert And Sullivan Society of Victoria, Australia. 1988: “Blade In My Heart” composed for soprano, piano, bass, and percussion. Commissioned for the awardwinning short film, An Ordinary Woman by Alison Tilson, Australia. 1987: Viva Voce musical for children, composed for Killester College, Springvale, Australia. 1987: “The Lord’s Prayer” composition for solo soprano and organ, commissioned by soprano Linda Thompson. The work was performed by Thompson at several Eisteddfod competitions in the Australian Composition section, leading to her winning the coveted Sun Aria competition in 1990. 1987: Requiem Mass composition for SATB choir, soli, brass and percussion. Performed in workshop by the Monash University Choral Society, 1987, conducted by Andre De Quandros. 1986: “Magnificat” composition for women’s chorus, commissioned by Byrd-Cage Singers, University of Melbourne, directed by Loris Synan. National radio premiere, Australia. Published by Yelton Rhodes Music. 1985: String Quartet composition, performed by the Petra String Quartet, Melbourne, Australia

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2012: Stand By Me music video, Singers of the Street, conductor. Premiered at With One Voice, Royal Opera House, London Festival Olympiad in conjunction with the London Olympic Games. 2010: Women’s Work and Play, Community Women’s Orchestra (CWO), conductor, producer. Recorded throughout the 25th anniversary concert series, Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, Oakland, California. 2010: California Freedom Tour 2010, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), conductor, producer. Recorded at the Harlan Adams Theatre, Chico State University, Chico, California. 2009: Tune In, Turn Up, Sing Out, SFGMC, Whoa Nellies, and Joan Baez, artistic director. Recorded at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. 2009: A Few Licks, SFGMC ensemble The Lollipop Guild, producer. Recorded at Brava Theatre, San Francisco, California. 2008: U.S.S. Metaphor (DVD), SFGMC, CWO, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. 2008: Creating Harmony: 30th Season Highlights & New World Waking, SFGMC, CWO, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. 2007: Why We Sing (DVD), SFGMC, conductor, production consultant. Recorded at Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada. 2006: Cowboys, Boas and Bears, Oh, My! SFGMC ensembles The Lollipop Guild and Vocal Minority, producer. Recorded at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, California. 2005: Home for the Holidays – Live at the Castro Theatre, SFGMC, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded San Francisco, California. 2005: Divas’ Revenge: Opera & Broadway Our Way, SFGMC, CWO, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. 2004: Oh, Happy Day! SFGMC, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded at Mission High School Auditorium, San Francisco, California. 2004: Closer Than Ever, 25th Anniversary Concert, SFGMC, The Empyrean Ensemble, conductor, producer. Recorded at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. 2002: SFGMC Does Queen, (Enhanced CD), SFGMC, conductor, arranger, producer. Recorded at Mission High School Auditorium, San Francisco, California. 2001: I Dream of a Time, SFGMC with Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., conductor. Recorded at The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 2000: Beginnings, The Rainbow Chorus, conductor, producer. Recorded at the Dome of the Emissaries, Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado. 1998: Five Years of Freedom, The Rainbow Chorus, conductor, producer. Recorded at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. 1997: World AIDS Day Benefit Concert, Colorado Quilt Chorus, conductor, arranger, producer. Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado. 1997: St. Aidan’s Prayer for Lindisfarne, St. Aidan’s Church Choir, conductor, producer. Recorded at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, Colorado.

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2012: Australasian Choir, GALA Festival, Buell Theatre, Denver, Colorado. Audience: 2500 2011: International Women’s Day Concert, Community Women’s Orchestra with the Rainbow Women’s Chorus, Oakland, California. Audience: 500 2010: Alto Rhapsody by Johannes Brahms, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), San Francisco, California. Audience: 1,000 2010: Magnificat by John Rutter, San Francisco Girls Chorus, SFGMC, and Community Women’s Orchestra, Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, California. Audience: 1,000 2010: Out & Loud Festival, Concert at Auckland Town Hall, Toured with 30-voice choir from United States, plus 12 choruses (totaling 300 voices) from Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand. Audience: 1,000 plus national radio. 2005-2009 (annually): Various Programs, Community Women’s Orchestra and SFGMC, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. Annual audiences: 2,000+ 2008: Gala Choruses Festival (100+ choruses, 5,000+ voices), SFGMC and Community Women’s Orchestra, Miami, Florida. Audiences: 2,000+ 2008: The Open Road, Community Women’s Orchestra with the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Miami, Florida. Audience: 2,000 2007: A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett, SFGMC with WomenSing, San Francisco, California. Audience: 800 2006: Thånk Yøü for the Music, SFGMC, Community Women’s Orchestra, Stockholms Gaykör, Louise and M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California. Audience: 2,400. 2006: Cultural Festival, Gay Games VII, Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field, Festival Chorus (200 international voices), Chicago, Illionois. Audience: 30,000. 2004: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, SFGMC with WomenSing, San Francisco, California. Audience: 1,400 2004: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus In Concert, SFGMC with Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Blackman Theater, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Audience: 1,200 2004: Oh, Happy Day, SFGMC with Bishop Yvette Flunder and Transcendence Gospel Choir, San Francisco, California. Audience: 1,800 2004: GALA Choruses Festival (100+ choruses, 5,000+ voices), SFGMC (conducted), Transgender Festival Chorus (coconducted), Montreal, Canada. Audiences: 2,000+ 2003: Das Berliner Requiem by Kurt Weill, SFGMC with the Redwood Symphony, Redwood, California. Audience: 500 2002: Cultural Festival, Gay Games VI, San Francisco Singers (30 voices), International Festival Chorus (100 voices), Australasian Festival Chorus (450 voices), Festival Chorus (560 voices), Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Audience: 2,600 2001: Diversity, SFGMC with New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Carnegie Hall, New York, New York. Audience: 2,600 2001: I Dream of a Time, SFGMC with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, D.C. Audience: 2,400 2001: Eos by David Conte, The Women’s Philharmonic and SFGMC, Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco, California. Audience:1,750 2000: GALA Choruses Festival (100+ choruses, 5,000+ voices), Rainbow Chorus from Fort Collins, San Jose, California. Audiences: 2,000+

Selected concerts have included such celebrities of stage and screen as Carol Channing, Megan Mullally, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, Sir Ian McKellen, Sharon Gless, Joanna Gleeson, B.D. Wong, Alan Cumming, Nichelle Nicholas, and Jennifer Holliday.

Kathleen McGuire, Page Ten REPERTOIRE – works conducted Works for Orchestra / Ballet Baroque Toccato and Fugue - J.S. Bach/Stokowski Concerto Gross in G major – Handel Introductione II in F major – Locatelli Canon in D – Pachelbel Suite for Flute and Strings – Telemann

The Four Seasons – Vivaldi Incidental Music from Dioclesian - Purcell Double Trumpet Concerto - Purcell Ballet Suite – Rameau Overture to La caduta de’ decemviri – Scarlatti

Classical Egmont Overture - Beethoven Symphonies No. 1, 3, 5 – Beethoven Symphony No. 45 “Farewell” - Haydn Symphonies No. 99 - 104 – Haydn Symphonies No. 35 - 41 - Mozart

Divertimenti for Strings K387 - Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musiche - Mozart Overture to Il flauto magico - Mozart Overture to Le nozze di Figaro - Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major – Mozart Romantic

Roman Carnival Overture - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique – Berlioz Carmen Suites No. 1 and 2 - Bizet L’Arlésienne Suites No. 1 and 2 – Bizet Symphony No. 4 – Brahms Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor – Bruch Czech Suite - Dvořák Slavonic Dances No. 46- Dvořák Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” - Dvořák Pavane - Fauré Petite Symphonie– Gounod Four Norwegian Dances - Grieg Holberg Suite – Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor - Grieg Symphony No. 1 – Mahler Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 - Mendelssohn Overture in C - Fanny Mendelssohn Overture to Orpheus In The Underworld - Offenbach Overture to Il barbieri di Siviglia – Rossini Cello Concerto No. 1 - Saint Säens

Carnival of the Animals - Saint Säens Symphonies 1, 5, 8 - Schubert Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” - Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor - Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor - Clara Schumann Symphony No. 2 - Sibelius Valse Triste – Sibelius Overture to Die Fledermaus - J. Strauss Radetsky March - J. Strauss Tritsch-Tratsch Polka - J. Strauss Night On Bare Mountain – Mussorgsky Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” - Tchaikovsky Symphonies No. 4 and 5 - Tchaikovsky Dance from The Snow Maiden - Tchaikovsky Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde - Wagner Prelude to the first act of Tristan und Isolde - Wagner Prelude to the first act of Lohengren - Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersingers – Wagner Rienzi Overture - Wagner Overture to Oberon - Weber Overture to Der Freischütz - Weber

Twentieth Century Lullaby – Lorin Alexander Adagio for Strings - Barber Overture to Candide - Bernstein Suite from West Side Story – Bernstein D’un Soir Triste - Lili Boulanger D’un Matin de Printemps - Lili Boulanger Variations on an Elizabethan Theme - Britten (US premiere) The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra - Britten

Mediterranean - Bax Flute Concertino – Cécil Chaminade Sinfonía India – Carlo Chávez Appalachian Spring Suite - Copland Clarinet Concerto - Copland Fanfare for the Common Man – Copland Summer Prelude - Mark Daniel (premiere) Daphnis et Chlöe Suite No. 2 - Debussy

Kathleen McGuire, Page Eleven REPERTOIRE – works for Orchestra / Ballet continued Pomp And Circumstance No. 2 - Elgar Impressions d’Ardenne - Juliette Folville Concertstück pour violoncelle - Juliette Folville (US premiere) Sinfonia da Pacifica – Peggy Glanville-Hicks blue cathedral – Jennifer Higdon Trauermusik – Hindemith Music for Hanukkah - arr. Thomas Hinds The Planets suite - Holst Viola Concerto – Hummel A swallow joyfully twittering - David Kirtley (premiere) Tubby The Tuba – Kleinsinger Trombone Concertino Op. 45 - Larsson Collage Boogie - Libby Larsen Iriah e Urupiah ballet suite - Marcia Marchesi (premiere) Clarinet Concerto - Neilsen Flute Concerto – Neilsen

Homage to Vivaldi - Julia Perry Peter And The Wolf - Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 – Prokofiev Boléro - Ravel Mother Goose Suite - Ravel Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9 - Schoenberg Prometheus - Scriabin Symphonies No. 11 and 15 - Shostakovitch Overture to The Wreckers - Dame Ethel Smyth Concerto for French Horn, Violin and Orchestra Dame Ethel Smyth Danses Concertantes – Stravinsky Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman - Joan Tower An American Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Gwyneth Walker Symphony of Grace – Gwyneth Walker Five Movements in Color - Mary Watkins Star Wars Suite for Orchestra - Williams

Contemporary (21st Century) The Tempest - Jerome Begin (premiere) Fanfare for Tradeswomen – June Bonacich (premiere) Rumplestiltskin - June Bonacich (premiere) Symphonic Memento – Debora Chen (premiere) Centrifuge - Alicia Grant (US premiere) The Year-Wheel – Sarah Michael Elegy and March – Martha Stoddard Little Trip From Outer Space - Martha Stoddard

Orchestral Suite For The Young Of All Ages - Martha Stoddard (premiere) Reibo - Hilary Tann (premiere) Made In America - Joan Tower Symphony of Grace – Gwyneth Walker Parade of Life - Mary Watkins (premiere)

Concert Works for Choir and Orchestra Baroque & Classical B Minor Mass - J.S. Bach Magnificat in D- J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio - J.S. Bach Cantata No. 147 - J.S. Bach Messiah – Handel

Coronation Anthems – Handel Requiem – Mozart Funeral Music for Queen Mary – Purcell Gloria – Vivaldi Romantic

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor - Borodin Alto Rhapsody – Brahms Pavane - Fauré Requiem – Fauré Honor The Vision - Liszt, arr. Vance George Via Crucis - Liszt (organ accomp.) Vespers – Rachmaninoff

Mass No. 2 in G - Schubert The Pilgrims Chorus from Tannhäuser – Wagner The Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly – Puccini Nesun dorma from Turandot – Verdi Va Pensiero from Nabucco – Verdi

Kathleen McGuire, Page Twelve REPERTOIRE – continued Twentieth Century Dicite nobis - Siro Battaglia (premiere) Chichester Psalms – Bernstein “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide - Bernstein Convocation and Dance - David Conte The Dream of Gerontius – Elgar Beginnings - Steven B. Eulberg (premiere) Lucina’s Light - Kay Gardner The Hymn of Jesus – Holst The Planets – Holst (selections) Circus Band - Ives General William Booth Enters Into Heaven - Ives Requiem - Lloyd Webber Boys And Girls With Stories – David Maddux Chronicles of the Way-Showers - David Maddux A Testament of Freedom - Thompson Requiem - Rutter

Selections from West Side Story – Bernstein/Sondheim Eos - David Conte Gloria - Rutter Magnificat - Rutter Elijah - Mendelssohn When Icicles Hang – Rutter Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa Requiem - Gareth Valentine (US and Australian premieres) Carmina Burana – Orff (selections) Catulli Carmina - Orff Misa Criolla - Ariel Ramirez Das Berliner Requiem - Kurt Weill On Wenlock Edge - Vaughan Williams

Contemporary / Popular Gay Vs. Straight Composers - Eric Lane Barnes (premiere) Fanfare for Tradewsomen – June Bonacich (premiere) Love - David Conte (premiere) NakedMan – Seeley/Littell Sing For The Cure – (various composers) Exile (selections) – Seeley/Espindola Metamorphosis (selections) – Seeley/Espindola New World Waking - Steve Schalchlin (premiere)

Selections from The Sound of Music – Rodgers and Hammerstein Variety concerts with chorus and orchestra featuring contemporary music (e.g. pop, gospel, jazz), e.g. Rock Aria concert - arr. Kathleen McGuire Queen concert - arr. Kathleen McGuire Judy Garland Selections - arr. Nan Washburn U.S.S. Metaphor – arr. Kathleen McGuire, based on H.M.S. Pinafore Lullaby of Broadway – arr. Kathleen McGuire

Works for Stage / Theatre Opera / Operetta The Tender Land – Copland (selections) Dido and Aeneas – Purcell The Beggar’s Opera – John Gay Madama Butterfly - Puccini La bohème - Puccini La cenerentola - Rossini Così fan tutte -Mozart Le nozze di Figaro - Mozart Carmen - Bizet La Gioconda - Ponchielli Albert Herring - Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Britten

Amahl and the Night Visitors - Menotti The Devil and Daniel Webster - Douglas Moore H.M.S. Pinafore - Gilbert and Sullivan Iolanthe - Gilbert and Sullivan Princess Ida - Gilbert and Sullivan Ruddigore - Gilbert and Sullivan The Gondoliers - Gilbert and Sullivan The Mikado - Gilbert and Sullivan Trial By Jury - Gilbert and Sullivan Gypsy Love - Franz Léhar The Count of Luxembourg - Franz Léhar

Kathleen McGuire, Page Thirteen REPERTOIRE – continued Musicals West Side Story - Bernstein The Man of La Mancha - Mitch Leigh The Apple Tree - Jerry Bock (Australian premiere) Fiddler On The Roof - Jerry Bock Oklahoma! - Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein The Most Happy Fella - Frank Loesser Guys and Dolls - Frank Loesser No, No Nanette - Vincent Youmans

Showboat - Jerome Kern Bitter Sweet - Noel Coward Kiss Me Kate - Cole Porter Metropolis - Joseph Brooks (Australian premiere) Camelot - Lerner and Loewe Hello, Dolly - Jerry Herman Dear World - Jerry Herman

Choral Works 30 years of experience conducting thousands of sacred and secular works, including traditional madrigals and motets, spirituals, hymns from various traditions, traditional and contemporary gospel music, world music in many languages, and contemporary music in all styles. Sample list of choral works conducted Salmo 150 – Aguiar When the Song of the Angels is Stilled - Elizabeth Alexander I Shall Miss Loving You – Kris Anthony Thow The Yule Log On – P.D.Q. Bach Adagio – Barber Sure On This Shining Night – Barber On Children – Ysaye Barnwell Would You Harbor Me? – Ysaye Barnwell Prayer Of The Children – Kurt Bestor A Ceremony of Carols – Britten Hymn to St. Cecilia , Op. 27– Britten Rejoice In The Lamb – Britten The Circles Of Our Lives – David Brunner Te Querio – Liliana Cangiano The Promise – Conte The Promise of Living – Copland A Musicological Journey on the Twelve Days of Christmas – Craig Courtney Deep River – arr. Dawson O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose – David Dickau O Earth O Earth Return – Bill Douglas Shenandoah – arr. Erb Turn the World Around – Farrow Panis Angelicus – Frank Mary Sat A Rockin’ – Gilpin Zum Gali – Chanukah Hayom arr. Goldman Judah and His Maccabees – Karen Hart

Oh, Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins O, Holy Night arr. Mark Hayes Drink To Me Only – arr. Hebble Like As The Hart – Herbert Howells Safeer El-Layl (Arabic) – Ilyas Ilya (premiere) Alleluia – Thompson Pange Lingua – Kodaly Dirait-on – Morten Lauridsen Missa Coralis – Liszt Via Crucis - Franz Liszt A La Nanita Nana – arr. Luboff Deck The Hall in 7/8 – arr. McKelvy Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury Go Tell It On The Mountain – arr. Milloy Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart Hine Ma Tov – Naplan Children, Go Where I Send Thee – arr. Payne An Irish Blessing – Robert Seeley Vespers – Rachmaninoff God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – arr. Reese O Clap Your Hands – Rutter For the Beauty of the Earth – Rutter A Gaelic Blessing – Rutter Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day –arr. Rutter The Twelve Days After Christmas – Silver Various mass, magnificat, and nunc dimittis settings – Stanford Solstice – Sarsany

Kathleen McGuire, Page Fourteen REPERTOIRE –Choral Works continued Keep Your Lamps – Andre Thomas Anthem of Praise – Richard Smallwood Harriet Tubman – Walter Robinson Last Words of David – Thompson Elijah Rock – Thomas Bethelehemu – arr. Whalum Freedom is Coming – South African freedom song We Shall Not Give Up The Fight – South African freedom song

Bambalela (Never Give Up) – South African freedom song Siyahamba – South African freedom song Akalamandla – African Mondenschein, Op. 102 – Schubert The Awakening – Joseph Martin Thou, Lord, Our Refuge – Mendelssohn Give Them Hope – Libby Larsen (premiere)

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REVIEWS Conducting -

The Local Hero Awards were presented, and the first recipient was Kathleen McGuire, serving ten years as conductor of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus and raising at her podium $430,000 for Northern California charities. She has directed choruses at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Carnegie Hall, and since 2005, she has also led the Oakland based Community Women’s Orchestra. She co-founded the GLAM Youth Choir and co-founded Ladies Go Biking with Dr. Betty Sullivan. She said it was great to be in the home of the annual SFGMC holiday shows. “I am immensely proud of the wonderful organizations with which I work – SFGMC and CWO,” said McGuire. “We are the pebbles that send ripples out, magnified many times to provide hope to those who do not live as freely as many of us do,” she spoke regarding the Chorus’ activism outside of the Bay Area. – San Francisco Bay Times, July 2010


The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus rocked Davies Symphony Hall last night in a special performance that included the Mission High School Chorus joining the group on stage for a couple songs and a pair of proclamations honoring SFGMC Artistic Director Kathleen McGuire for 10 years leading the venerable singing ensemble. One proclamation, from the California Legislature, was delivered by Sen. Mark Leno, who praised both McGuire’s inspirational musical leadership and her amazing ability to somehow handle the “200 divas” that make up SFGMC. The other proclamation, delivered by Sup. Bevan Dufty, came from Mayor Gavin Newsom and proclaimed April 22 “Kathleen McGuire Day” in San Francisco. – Steven T. Jonas, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 2010


The SFGMC has been cooking up a pretty sweet assortment of goodies these days. On Dec. 8, they received Outmusic's Outstanding New Choral Song award in New York City for the high-spirited song, "We Looked to the Future." The opening track on SFGMC's double-CD set Creating Harmony (featuring highlights from the Chorus' 30th Anniversary Season, 2008), it features soloist Edward "Moose" Maravilla and the Community Women's Orchestra, plus an orchestral arrangement by McGuire. This is the second Outmusic Award for SFGMC. The first, in 2005, was for their most recent holiday CD, aptly titled Home for the Holidays. In January, the chorus will follow the Courage Campaign into California's spiritually torn heartland. Their California Freedom Tour, designed to raise money for local LGBT organizations, will take them to Chico, Redding, Fresno, Bakersfield and Tracy. "Maybe we'll change some hearts and minds in the process," said McGuire. – Jason Victor Serinus, Bay Area Reporter, December 17, 2009


“For conductor Kathleen McGuire, conducting a work for two choirs in eight parts was simply another experience conducting orchestras. While such a serious work may not prove a favorite to ears unfamiliar with pentatonic scales, many of the chorus' other songs have a more traditional feel and, in some cases, a dash of frivolity.” – Jim Provenzano, Bay Area Reporter, May 15, 2008


“Stunning! Stupendous! Magnificent! Triumphant! For 25 years it's been building up to this shining moment, the spectacular concert last Monday night in weather-perfect San Francisco at glittering, glowing Davies Symphony Hall, when Dr. Kathleen McGuire, deftly leading both the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and the Community Women's Orchestra, joined with Karol Vieker, conducting special Swedish guests, the Stockholms Gaykör, in "Thånk Yøü for the Music," a night of surpassingly gorgeous music and snappy, savvy showmanship … No longer can anyone dismiss our hometown heroes as provincial. Monday's concert showcased an exciting, world-class production comprised of thousands of intricate elements all put together with finesse, spotlighting artists of the highest caliber singing, playing instruments, dancing and at times camping it up at the top of their form. Far from being a camp-fest, the concert was flush with seriousness of intent and artful execution… Not only did the concert provide a glorious union of voices from different countries and cultures, it underpinned them with brass, strings, timpani, glockenspiel, woodwinds and the whole orchestral array mastered by women musicians who performed flawlessly and expressively.” – Mark Mardon, Bay Area Reporter, April 20, 2006

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“[The CD] Home for the Holidays brings together the best of the chorus' concerts from 2000-04…The difference between this chorus and others is the quality of the singing and repertoire. Directed by Dr. Kathleen McGuire, whose solid conducting distinguishes every track on this joyous CD, the tracks include the obligatory Jewish and African cuts, a guest stint by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, some beautiful classical music by John Rutter and others, and lots of laughter. Far better than Dial-a-Prayer.” – Jason Victor Serinus, August 11, 2006


“…Then with great bravado, the men became profane monks of olde singing the praises of drinking and gambling in “In taberna quando sumus” from Carmina Burana, utilizing staccato, crescendo and decrescendo, and pianissimo and forte to its fullest. It was all utterly brilliant under the baton of the incomparable Kathleen McGuire.” – Dennis Macmillan, San Francisco Bay Times, November 20, 2004


“The chorus’ rich, intuitive musicality is in no small measure a tribute to the skills of its artistic director, Dr. Kathleen McGuire. Four years after taking the helm, she has arrived at the point of knowing precisely how to elicit the sound she’s looking for with the smallest glance or baton movement.” – Eric Barnes, Castro Star, May 2004


“Under the beautifully balanced baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Kathleen McGuire, [the chorus] sings soaring hosannas to the heavens with grace, dignity, and exquisite harmonies… the Chorus and orchestra lifted the spirits of a hugely appreciative audience … and proved they are indeed a world-class musical entity… My personal favorite of the night was the powerful singing on Carl Orff’s medieval poem “In taberna quando sumus.” The piece ably demonstrated the group’s consummate musicianship.” – Mark Mardon, Bay Area Reporter, November 26, 2003


“Two outstanding choral groups have come to define the holidays for many San Franciscans: Chanticleer and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus both left audiences cheering in December concerts… Led by musical director Dr. Kathleen McGuire, the SFGMC confers raw vocal power and musical precision in everything it performs. And the group’s killer tenor section puts other choruses to shame… This group knows how to work an audience.” – Eric Barnes, San Francisco Observer, January 2003


“The seven-piece orchestra sounded full and organic under the baton of Kathleen McGuire… Until the SFO starts playing casuals, I’ll be getting mine at Goat Hall [Cabaret Opera].” – Thomas Goss, San Francisco Classical Voice, 2002


“Jerome Begin's original score [The Tempest] was played with great life by The Empyrean Ensemble under Kathleen McGuire.” – William Glackin, The Sacramento Bee, October 26, 2002


“No Queen tribute concert would be complete without Freddie Mercury’s stunning if not altogether strange operatic piece, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The chorus pulls it off brilliantly, with some very nice solo work and a gorgeous string backup …Thanks to Artistic Director and Conductor Kathleen McGuire, the phrasing is utterly delicious, precise, and crisp throughout. Crescendo and decrescendo is handled masterfully, offering a tapestry ranging from sweet pianissimo to raging fortissimo.” – Dennis Macmillan, San Francisco Bay Times, June 2002


“The sound of the chorus [under McGuire] is that of one gentle, soaring voice that rolls over and embraces the listener as it touches the heart with unity, dignity, and beauty. As you listen to these many voices that join as one, all else that is insignificant fades away.” – Adam Sandel, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, December 20, 2001


“ Led by Dr. Kathleen McGuire, …the San Franciscans achieved sublime, lovely, spine-tingling moments…” – Jonathan Padget, Washington Metro Weekly, June 21, 2001


“The guest singers [San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus conducted by McGuire] had a richer, more varied sound [than the host chorus] as they performed bittersweet love songs, as well as rhythmic and forceful selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana.” – Alan Greenblatt, The Washington Post, June 18, 2001


“McGuire is a conductor with sterling credentials, impeccable taste, and flawless musicianship.” – Wes Blomster, Classical Music Critic, Boulder Daily Camera, 2000 415-251-7807 (office) ● [email protected]

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TESTIMONIALS Conducting I want to thank you for ALL you have done in San Francisco and beyond with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Your presence in this city has been remarkable, concerts inspiring, and your fundraising efforts, unparalleled. - conductor colleague, December 2010 I have had the esteemed privilege of singing with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus under Kathleen's artistic direction and leadership. She is an amazing conductor, very intelligent and personable. She is a great teacher and mentor! She is a true philanthropist and humanitarian and I would love to work with her in the future. I truly recommend Kathleen due to her outstanding qualities both personally and professionally. - choir member, August 2010 Thank you for everything you've done over the past 10 years, and more personally, for the last seven plus years I have been in the chorus. I made friends who have become the best friends I've ever had. I believe a large reason why this has happened is because of your leadership in creating a welcoming and friendly choral environment. When I first joined, I barely knew how to read music. Over the years, I have learned so much from you musically. Thank you. I truly love to sing and I owe most of my music education to you. I have also learned how to be a better teacher from you. The way you interact with us at rehearsals is amazing. You're prepared, strict, funny, engaging, clear, and respectful. Everything a great teacher should be. Many times I have used your techniques of teaching us a song when I teach my students some concept. Your influence in my life is something I will forever cherish. I wish you the absolute best, as you deserve nothing less. - choir member, December 2010 I want you to know what a positive impact you have had on my life. Becoming a part of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in 2005 and working under your direction has been a truly life-changing experience. - choir member, December 2010 Kathleen, I finished reading the BAR article and my eyes welled with tears. I am so very proud of you and couldn't begin to tell you how wonderful that you are going to SOS. You truly are an inspiration and I could not think of a more talented and giving individual to head up this incredible task. I have a feeling a lot of these unfortunate people have incredible voices and we know how healing singing can be to the heart and the soul! - former choir member, December 2010 It was because of the ongoing rehearsals and vocal training that came out of my time with you that I have had some very successful roles here in the Midwest with musical theatre. I wanted to thank you because you gave the me the opportunity by auditioning me and welcoming me into the Chorus. And I always respected you as a leader. You impacted my life more than you could know. - former choir member, December 2010 I am so grateful to have had the chance to sing under Dr. Kathleen McGuire's baton for two years. Incredibly talented, deeply passionate, and just plain fun to be around. Congrats Kathleen! - former choir member, December 2010 Kathleen, I meant to come and find you after rehearsal. I had such a GREAT time last night! You're truly an inspiration. Thank you for the fun, the joy, and the amazing music-making you have brought into my life. - choir member, September 2010

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REFERENCES Bonnie Fraenza Music Teacher Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, California 415-821-4889 (mobile) [email protected] “Very professional, wonderful with students, and easy to work with!” Linda Kay Board Member and Past President Community Women’s Orchestra Oakland, California 510-910-0283 (mobile) [email protected] “Always working to help us expand our horizons, Kathleen McGuire is a great inspiration to all of CWO’s musicians.” Dr. Joan Catoni Conlon Director of Choral Studies (Emeritus) University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado 206-407-1694 (home) [email protected] “Kathleen McGuire has it all: she is an inspiring, intelligent, and talented conductor with integrity and dedication!” Teddy Witherington Executive Director San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus\ San Francisco, California 415-865-3650 (work) [email protected] “Kathleen’s capacity for transforming floods of complex information and guiding diverse personalities into management, coherent and compassionate streams is a rare talent.” Keith Sklower Recordist and occasional substitute oboist Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra 415-863-0990 (home) [email protected] “I have played under Dr. Kathleen McGuire and I am impressed with not only her innate musicianship and musicality, but also having the rare combination of total comfort and experience at conducting both vocal and instrumental groups and being able to pull out the maximum music of any person she works with at any level of experience.”

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