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Dr. Kathleen McGuire, conductor
Community Women's Orchestra and San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Basic Resume - see below


Skills / Specialties

  • Conductor - 30+ years experience directing choirs, orchestras, ballet, opera, and musical theatre in five countries, featuring numerous premieres and also working with luminaries of film, television, and stage
  • Educator – experience includes teaching music to children, youths and adults
  • Collaborator - highly successful concert / festival directing especially working with large numbers of individuals and organizations
  • New Music Advocate - commissioned and premiered myriad works by established and emerging composers
  • Multi-instrumentalist (classical and bass guitar, trumpet, clarinet, percussion, recorder, saxophone, keyboard) - extensive experience in concert and pit orchestras, choirs, film, bands etc. 
  • Singer (4-octave range) - professional experience ranging from church choir positions to duets with singer Marie Wilson (Australia) and solos with the band Critical Bliss (San Francisco)
  • Composer and arranger – many works published and performed widely throughout the USA. Tresona Certified Arranger.
  • Producer - multiple award-winning compact disc and DVD recordings 
  • Public Speaker - prominent public figure and award-winning community leader with a flair for “charming” audiences
  • Writer/Editor - skilled columnist and PR wordsmith, with many published articles


Dublin, Ireland (2014)

Conductor-In-Residence, Various Voices Festival 

Australia (2013)

Guest Adjudicator, 58th Annual Eisteddfod By The Bay, August 2013
Judge for all choir categories.

Director of Music, Queen's College - The University of Melbourne: April 2013 - 

Organising annual concert series, tutoring undergraduate residents, mentoring graduate residents, responding to music requests from alumni and general public, college recruitment, and developing performance opportunities for the college community.

Vice Chair of Faculty, the School of Hard Knocks Institute: April 2013 -

Guest Adjudicator, inaugural Melbourne Eisteddfod: June 2013
Judged two categories: Community Choir and A Cappella Choir (24 choirs total). 

Guest Conductor, Melbourne International Singers Festival: June 2013 (1000 singers)
Director of massed festival chorus (Faure Requiem), women’s chorus, and workshop presenter for choral conductors. 

Acting Head of Music, Brunswick Secondary College: April - July 2013 (full-time)
Teaching classroom music (7 - 12 including VCE), coordinating the instrumental music programme (managing 12 teachers), coordinating concerts and participating in the school's inaugural musical theatre production of Fame. 900 students from 52 nationalities.

Music Teacher, Brunswick Secondary College: July 2013 - 
Teaching classroom and instrumental music

Music Teacher, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary College: August 2013-
CRT - musicianship

California (2000 - 2013)

Minister of Music and Arts, Congregational Church of San Mateo UCC, CA: 2011 - 2013, 3/4-time
Director of 40+ voice Chancel Choir. Oversee all music and arts (including handbell choir, children’s choir, and multiple music staff). Program music for all worship services, plus 2 annual concerts.

Artistic Director & Founder, Singers of the Street, San Francisco: 2010 - 2013, part-time
Choir of 30-40 people affected by homelessness. Weekly rehearsals plus 2-3 performances each month. Selected to represent the USA’s homeless, via music video, July 2, 2012 at a special concert at the Royal Opera House as part of the London Festival in association with the Olympic Games. SOS has sung for San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee and has appeared on ABC-TV and the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Artistic Director & Conductor, Golden Gate Performing Arts, San Francisco: 2000 - 2010, full-time
Directing San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’s 200+ singers and smaller configurations in season subscription concert series, national and international touring, community and corporate outreach performances, collaborations, commissioning new works, 1-3 annual recordings.  Administrative work includes strategic planning, protocols and procedures, budgeting, grant writing, PR, and managing staff and volunteers. Awarded Conductor Laureate title.

Conductor, Community Women's Orchestra; Music Instructor, Laney College, Oakland, CA: 2005 - 2013, part-time
Directing 60+ female instrumentalists in 4-concert annual series and other collaborations, CD recordings, commissioning new works.
choir & musicAL theatre director, convent of the sacred heart high schools, san francisco, ca: 2004 - 2007
Directing girls’ choir, co-ed choir, church services, and annual musical theatre productions.

The Women’s Philharmonic; Empyrean Ensemble; Sacramento Ballet; Goat Hall Opera Productions; Golden Gate Opera; Opera By the Bay (Sausalito); Gay Games Cultural Festivals (Sydney; Chicago); GALA Choruses Festivals (Montreal; Denver); Out And Loud Choral Festival (Auckland, New Zealand); Various Voices (Dublin, Ireland), Melbourne International Singers Festival (Australia)

Colorado (1996 - 2000)

Music Director, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church – Boulder: 1996 - 2000
Artistic Director & Conductor, The Rainbow Chorus – Fort Collins: 1997 – 2000
Associate Conductor, Lakewood Symphony – Lakewood 
Assistant Conductor, University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra & New Music Ensemble - Boulder 
Assistant Conductor, Lyric Opera, University of Colorado – Boulder 
Associate Conductor, Boulder Youth Orchestra – Boulder 
Lead Graduate Teacher, Music Department, University of Colorado – Boulder  
Guest conductor: Boulder Philharmonic 
Guest conductor: Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Guildford, Surrey, UK (1994 - 1995)

Assistant Conductor: University of Surrey Graduate Singers
Assistant Conductor: University of Surrey Orchestra
Conductor, University of Surrey Concert Band
Conductor, University of Surrey Musical Theatre Society
Music Department Course Board Member
Guest conductor: Guildford Philharmonic 

Melbourne, Australia (1980 - 1994)

Byrd-Cage Singers (assistant conductor)
Cheltenham Light Opera Company (music director)
Festival Theatre Company (music director)
Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria (music director)
Kew Philharmonic Orchestra (music director)
Killester Girls’ College (high school choir, musical theatre, classroom music)
Lyric Opera (music director)
Malvern Symphony Orchestra (guest conductor) 
McKinnon Secondary College (instrumental music)
Melbourne Dancers Company Victorian (music director)
Melbourne Moomba Youth Band (assistant conductor)
Melbourne University Choral Society (music director)
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School (high school girls’ choir)
Mentone Girls’ Secondary College (choir, musical theatre, and instrumental music)
Mentone Old Time Theatre Society (music director)
Monash University, Education Department (guest lecturer)
Monash University Musical Theatre Company (music director)

Monash University (conducting tutor, Education Department) 
Mordialloc Light Opera Company (music director)
NOVA Theatre (music director)
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Girls’ School (high school instrumental music)
Parkdale Secondary College (instrumental music)
Renaissance Opera Company (music director)
Sacré Coeur Girls’ School (high school instrumental music/orchestra)
Sandringham East Primary School (music director: choirs, musical theatre, classroom music)
St. Augustine’s Church Choir (hired singer/assistant conductor)
The University of Melbourne (music theory tutor)
The University of Melbourne, Education Department (guest lecturer)
Toorak Uniting Church Choir (hired singer/assistant conductor)
Victorian Women’s Orchestra (founding music director)
Viola Operatic Society (music director)
Whitehorse Musical Theatre (music director)


Doctor of Musical Arts – Conducting – University of Colorado at Boulder, USA – 2000
Graduate Teacher Certificate – University of Colorado at Boulder - 2000
Preparing Future Faculty Certificate – University of Colorado at Boulder - 2000
Master of Music with Distinction – Conducting – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK - 1997
Graduate Diploma in Education – Music – Monash University, VIC – 1992
Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music – Conducting – Victorian College of the Arts, VIC – 1990
Bachelor of Music – Composition – University of Melbourne, VIC - 1987

Selected Master Classes / Workshops: 
Colorado Symphony public master class (Macky Auditorium, Boulder), Victoria State Opera conducting master classes (Australia), Conductors Guild workshops (New York City, Santa Cruz), GALA Choruses seminars, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) 

Teachers / Mentors:  
Marin Alsop, Nicholas Braithwaite, Dennis Coleman, Dr. Joan Catoni Conlon, Nicholas Conran, George Daugherty, Sian Edwards, David Epstein, Vance George, Joseph Jennings,  Ann Krinitsky, Theodore Kuchar, Robert Rosen, Robert Spillman, Simone Young 


  • Biography listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in America
  • The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts: Special Judge's Citation: Extraordinary Commitment to the Community Through Music, September 2013
  • The American Prize celebrating American excellence in the arts: semi-finalist, Professional Choral Composition division, 2013
  • The American Prize celebrating American excellence in the arts: semi-finalist, Community Choir Performance division, 2013
  • Profile of Excellence Award, ABC7 TV, 2011
  • The American Prize: Special Citation for Excellence in Music Education, 2010
  • The American Prize: Choral Conducting Finalist, 2010
  • 2010 Local Hero, KQED - Northern California Public Television and Radio
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared April 22, 2010: “Kathleen McGuire Day”
  • Community Grand Marshal, San Francisco LGBT Pride, 2006
  • Multi-recipient of recognitions from State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and San Francisco City Supervisors 
  • Esther Rossi award nominee for “building community,” San Francisco Schools of the Sacred Heart
  • Influential Person of 2006, San Francisco Bay Times 
  • San Francisco Bay Area Personality, 2007 - Bay Area Reporter
  • Elected by University of Colorado music faculty to Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, 2000 
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow, 1994-95 
  • Best Musical Director – Music Theatre Guild (Australia), 1991 
  • Dux (highest academic achiever), Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, 1982 
  • Various additional academic honors and scholarships throughout education; awards for CDs produced (see below)

Publications / Recordings

  • Hundreds of choral and instrumental arrangements commissioned by performing arts organizations in the USA and Australia (catalogue at: Compositions & arrangements published by Shawnee Press, Yelton Rhodes Music, Coal Creek Music Publishing and others 
  • SATB arrangement of “Harriet Tubman” published by Shawnee Press named J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice, 2008-09
  • Producer and conductor of 14 CD/DVD recordings, including three OUTmusic Awards, four OUTMusic Award Finalists, and a Washington Area Music Award
  • Articles published in various scholarly journals, e.g. Conductors Guild Journal


Dr. Joan Catoni Conlon
Director of Choral Studies (Emeritus)
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO, USA
"Kathleen McGuire has it all: she is an inspiring, intelligent, and talented conductor with integrity and dedication!"

Bonnie Fraenza
Music Teacher
Schools of the Sacred Heart
San Francisco, CA, USA
 “Very professional, wonderful with students, and easy to work with!”

Linda Kay
Board President & Violist
Community Women’s Orchestra
Oakland CA, USA
“Always working to help us expand our horizons, Kathleen McGuire is a great inspiration to all of CWO's musicians.”

Teddy Witherington
Former Executive Director
Golden Gate Performing Arts
San Francisco, CA
"Kathleen's capacity for transforming floods of complex information and guiding diverse personalities into manageable, coherent and compassionate streams is a rare talent."