Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities
Music Building, 225
Michael McGaghie is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College. He conducts the Concert Choir and Highland Camerata and teaches courses in music history and criticism. Prior to joining the Macalester faculty, he was Director of Choral Activities at The Boston Conservatory, Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, and music director of the Concord Chorus. He has conducted world premieres of works by internationally renowned composers Dominick Argento and Tarik O’Regan.Dr. McGaghie recently traveled to China as an International Conductors Exchange Program Fellow of the American Choral Directors Association. While abroad, he taught at the Shanghai Conservatory, Fudan University, and the Shanghai Finance University, and conducted several student and professional choirs around greater Shanghai. Last season’s activities also included guest conducting appearances at the University of Hawaii and with the Twin Cities ensemble Singers In Accord. He will serve as chorus master for the Minnesota Bach Ensemble this spring, and he will return to work with Singers in Accord later this fall. He will begin serving as conductor of the Harvard Glee Club Alumni Chorus in 2016.
Deeply committed to undergraduate education, Dr. McGaghie served for six years as Resident Tutor in Music and Chemistry in Eliot House, one of Harvard’s twelve residential communities. His teaching has received multiple awards from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
His doctoral thesis on Minnesotan composer Dominick Argento received the 2010 Julius Herford Prize, awarded annually by the American Choral Directors Association for the nation’s most outstanding dissertation in choral music. His academic degrees are from Boston University and Harvard College, and he remains a proud member of Red Sox Nation.
DMA, Boston University
MM, Boston University
BA, Harvard College