B.M. (Vanderbilt); M.M. (Cincinnati)
Senior Lecturer in Aural Skills
Joshua McGuire is Senior Lecturer at the Blair School of Music, where he teaches courses in Musicianship as well as Meditation for Musicians.
A leading opera librettist, McGuire has written texts for The Secret of Luca (based on the novel by Ignazio Silone) and Roscoe (based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Kennedy) with music by Evan Mack. In October 2016, after its staged premiere at the Seagle Music Colony, Roscoe received an orchestral premiere with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and soprano Deborah Voigt. More recently, McGuire's collaboration with Mack produced Lucinda y Las Flores de la Nochebuena, a children's Christmas opera commissioned by the Fresno State Opera Theatre, with premiere performances for more than 3,000 children in December 2016 and performances slated for December 2017 by San Francisco Opera.
In 2015, McGuire was commissioned to write a libretto for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative. The resulting one-act opera, Alexandra (music by David Clay Mettens) was premiered at the Kennedy Center and praised as "an appealing... bittersweet piece" (The Washington Post). McGuire is also the author of The Secret of Music: a look at the listening life, a book of nonfiction essays on music and mindfulness. In 2014, McGuire was a resident artist at Yaddo.
McGuire studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he pursued Master’s work in both guitar and orchestral conducting, holding assistantships in both areas. As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, he took the Bachelor of Music summa cum laude with High Honors in English Literature.