Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Music Building, 215


Michael McGaghie is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College, where he conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Chorale and teaches courses on J.S. Bach and the Passion tradition. He also directs the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble (Madison, WI) and the Harvard Glee Club Alumni Chorus (Cambridge, MA). He remains active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States.

Under his direction, the Macalester Concert Choir performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s 2016 North Central division conference. He was one of seven American conductors selected for the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program in China, where he taught and conducted at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Fudan University. His doctoral thesis on Minnesotan composer Dominick Argento received ACDA’s Julius Herford Prize, awarded annually for the nation’s most outstanding dissertation in choral music. He was recently appointed the College/University Repertoire and Resources Chair for ACDA of Minnesota.

Deeply committed to undergraduate education, Dr. McGaghie previously served on the conducting faculties of Harvard University and The Boston Conservatory. His teaching has received multiple awards from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Boston University, and he remains a proud member of Red Sox Nation.

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