McGuire, John (b. June 27, 1942, Artesia, California). American composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and elsewhere.
Mr. McGuire studied composition with Robert Gross at Occidental College, where he earned his BA in 1964, with Ingolf Dahl at the University of Southern California and with Seymour Shifrin at the University of California at Berkeley and there earned his MA in 1970. He later studied composition privately with Karl Kohn, studied composition and orchestration with Krzysztof Penderecki at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen from 1966-68 and studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen at Darmstadt in 1967-68. He then studied computer composition with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Institute of Sonology of the University of Utrecht in 1970-71 and electronic music with Hans Ulrich Humpert at the Musikhochschule Köln from 1975-77.
His honors include First prizes in piano and French horn in the Young Artists Competition in Long Beach (1953, 1960), the Eleanor Remick Warren Prize in Composition from Occidental College (1964) and the Nicolò de Lorenzo Prize in Composition from the University of California at Berkeley (1965). In addition, he received three Alfred E. Hertz Traveling Scholarships from the University of California at Berkeley (1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68), a Fulbright Traveling Scholarship (1966-67, for studies in Germany), two scholarships from Nordrhein-Westfalen (1967-68, for studies at Darmstadt), and First Prize in the Gaudeamus competition (1971, for Decay). He has received six commissions from WDR, one from Radio Bremen, one from pianist Herbert Henck, one from Dartmouth College, and one from the Ministry of Culture of Nordrhein-Westfalen. His music has been performed in Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, the UK, and the USA.
Mr. McGuire is also active in other positions. He worked as a pianist with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken from 1972-75 and as an organist at the Kirche St. Nikolaus von Tolentino in Rösrath from 1979-82 and later as an editor for Carl Fischer in New York City in 1998. In addition, he served as composer-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Wiepersdorf in Brandenburg in 1995.
He has taught advanced composition and 20th-century music as a part-time Visiting Adjunct Professor at Columbia University since 2000.
He lived in Germany from 1966-98 and has lived in the USA since 1998.
He is married to the soprano Beth Griffith.
Edition Johannes Fritsch publishes five of his early works.
E-mail address: BJMusik@aol.com
Website (Edition Johannes Fritsch): http://www.editionjohannesfritsch.de/
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Study, 1965; Pulse Music II, 4 pianos, small orchestra, 1975-77; Cadence Music, small orchestra (21 players), 1982-85
CHAMBER MUSIC: String Trio No. 1, violin, viola, cello, 1963-64; Divergences, piano, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1965-66; String Trio No. 2, violin, viola, cello, 1966; Cadenza, string quartet, 1966; Decay, 8 French horns, 1967-70; Music for Horns, Pianos and Cymbals, 1981
CHORAL: Ordinary Measures, mixed chorus, 2004-05
VOCAL: A Cappella, soprano, tape, 1990-97; Contradance, soprano, string quartet, 2000-04
PIANO: Frieze for 4 Pianos, 1969-74; 48 Variations for 2 Pianos, 1976-80
ELECTROACOUSTIC: Pulse Music I, tape, 1975-76; Pulse Music III, tape, 1978; Vanishing Points, tape, 1985-88
48 Variations for 2 Pianos. (Largo, 1987) (LP)
Pulse Music III; Vanishing Points; A Cappella. Beth Griffith, soprano (Sargasso: SCD 28043, 2002)
(Last updated on July 29, 2005)