Jennifer Q. McGuire
Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano; Music Director of Vanderbilt Opera Theatre
Jennifer McGuire is a pianist, coach and conductor based in Nashville. She is Music Director of the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the Blair School of Music.
McGuire maintains an active recital schedule in Nashville and across the country, with recent engagements at Symphony Space, the University of Memphis and the Eastman School of Music, among others. She is featured on the albums Irrational Exuberance (Beauport Classical) and Sursum (Navona Records), as well the recently released Heinrich Marschner: Songs for Baritone with baritone Jeffrey Williams (Centaur Records). She is a core member of the Atlantic Ensemble, a chamber group annually featured on the Accueil Musical de St. Merry concert series in Paris, France. In addition to teaching at Vanderbilt, McGuire has worked with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Birmingham and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
McGuire has enjoyed many faculty appointments at summer programs. She was a repetitor at the AIMS festival in Graz, Austria, from 2008-10. In 2014, she cofounded a summer mentoring program for young professional vocal coaches with collaborative pianist Roger Vignoles, which continues to run biennially. In 2016, McGuire joined the faculty of the Seagle Festival as music director for the world premiere of the grand opera Roscoe. McGuire also coached the singers for the Albany Symphony’s concert version of Roscoe, which featured soprano Deborah Voigt in the lead role of Veronica. In 2019, McGuire joined the faculty of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive as conductor, presenting opera scenes on the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, Spain. In June 2020, McGuire coached singers virtually for the summer festival Poco a Poco.
McGuire made her conducting debut with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. She has since conducted Candide, The Ghosts of Gatsby and Mansfield Park at Vanderbilt, as well as Le Nozze di Figaro at the Seagle Festival and Don Pasquale at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. McGuire forayed into virtual opera in the fall of 2020 as music director and sound designer of Vanderbilt’s animated version of L'enfant et les sortilèges, which can be viewed on YouTube. Upcoming conducting engagements include Albert Herring with the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and a workshop of the new opera Halcyon with Vital Opera in Millbrook, N.Y.
In conjunction with her work in music, McGuire is a certified yoga instructor, and is pursuing a special certification in working with chakra healing. Her goal with this work is to help all people, but particularly artists, embrace their authentic selves and reach their full potential.
McGuire completed two master's degrees (piano performance and collaborative piano) at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Eugene Pridonoff, Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy and Sylvia Plyler. She completed a bachelor's of music in piano performance at Shorter College with Helen Ramsaur. McGuire lives in Nashville with her husband, librettist Joshua McGuire, their son and a basset hound.