Michael McGaghie

Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Music Building, 225
Telephone: 651-696-6831

Michael McGaghie is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College, where he conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Highland Camerata. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, 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 the Harvard Glee Club in multiple performances across the United States and abroad. His recent conducting projects have included Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as world premieres by internationally renowned composers Dominick Argento and Tarik O’Regan.

An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. McGaghie was the featured guest conductor at the University of Hawaii’s choral celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial in November 2013. In the spring of 2014 he will conduct a program of 20th-century works with the Twin Cities ensemble Singers in Accord. He will travel to Shanghai in June 2014 to represent the United States in an exchange with the China Chorus Association, one of seven conductors chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants.

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. He has taught courses in choral literature, Renaissance and Baroque performance practice, and aural skills. His teaching has received multiple awards from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

His doctoral thesis 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. Mike is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, Chorus America, and Red Sox Nation.

DMA, Boston University
MM, Boston University
BA, Harvard College