McGuire, K. Christian


Instruments Played
Bass, Guitar, Horn, Conductor, Baritone/Bass

Personal Summary / Bio

K. Christian McGuire is a musicologist, performer, and instructor with a dual specialty in 21st century electric bass and 12th-century Liberal Arts instruction and liturgy (esp. Rhineland with regard to the Quadrivium). As an electric bassist with over 30 years of experience he has played and recorded in every conceivable setting. His current research on bass is focused on tone and technique as applied to live performance in modern symphonic/electronic orchestration and musical theatre.<p>  As a medieval musicologist he holds a special interest in the transmission of the Liberal Arts in the 11th-12th centuries, particularly Rithmomachia and the works of Conrad von Hirsau  He also maintains interest in  the Symphonia of Hildegard von Bingen, and the development of Cistercian liturgies in women's monastic communities, and medieval music performance practice and reconstruction.  <p>

Prior to Augsburg, McGuire taught early music and popular music history at the McNally-Smith College of Music where he co-designed the NASM approved curricula for their B.A. programs. In addition to his performances and recordings as electric bassist & vocalist, McGuire has served as musicologist for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest, guest lecturer on music paleography at the Hill Monastic Library and Museum in Collegeville, MN, and in recent years as organizer and chair of the "Martin Luther in Medieval Context" sessions at International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI. He currently serves as Treasurer and webmaster for the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies and has regularly chaired their sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo.  He volunteers as Latin language tutor and Fencing coach at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, MN where he resides with his wife, two children and three cats. 



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Saint Paul, MN
United States
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