Jennifer Q. McGuire
Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano
Jennifer McGuire is a pianist and vocal coach based in Nashville. She is Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, and a coach for the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre. McGuire is an active recitalist, with recent engagements at Symphony Space in New York City, the University of Memphis and the Eastman School of Music, among others. She also performs frequently throughout Nashville and at the Blair School. 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. The Atlantic Ensemble will be in residence at the 2017 North American Conference for Nineteenth Century Music.
McGuire has been a vocal coach and surtitle coordinator for Cincinnati Opera and Dayton Opera. She has also played for Nashville Opera and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and is a regular 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. This program runs biannually at the Blair School of Music. 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 will coach and premiere another new opera at the Seagle Music Colony in 2017, Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and will make her conducting debut in November 2017 with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.
McGuire holds a double Master of Music in piano performance and collaborative piano from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was awarded full assistantships in both art song and opera. She earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Shorter College. As a sophomore at Shorter, McGuire was a national finalist of the MTNA Collegiate Piano competition.