Michael McGaghie serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), where conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Chorale and teaches courses on J.S. Bach and the Passion tradition. He also conducts the Harvard Glee Club Alumni Chorus (Cambridge, MA). In recent years he has served as guest conductor of the Twin Cities chorus Singers in Accord, chorusmaster of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, and an ensemble tenor within the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale. 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, McGaghie previously served as Director of Choral Activities at The Boston Conservatory and as Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club. His teaching has received multiple awards from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Harvard University, where he began studying conducting with Jameson Marvin. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, and Craig Smith. He remains a proud member of Red Sox Nation.