John McGuire

Department of Music

John McGuire

Assistant Professor - Voice
Director of Opera

Ferguson Ctr A152
(757) 594-8909


  • DMA in Vocal Performance, University of Texas at Austin
  • MM in Vocal Performance, Northwestern University
  • BM in Vocal Performance, University of New Hampshire


Private Voice Lessons
Opera Direction
Opera Workshop
Vocal Pedagogy
Foreign Language Diction
History of Opera
Voice Class


Vocal Pedagogy
Opera Performance Practice
Contemporary Vocal Music - from Art Song to Opera
Vocal Health


Dr. John A. McGuire is an active teacher, director and performer. Dr. McGuire received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Music Faculty of Christopher Newport University in August 2016. John has performed with several opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Some of his leading operatic roles include Tamino, The Magic Flute, Idomeneo, Idomeneo, Sultan, Zaide, Pedrillo, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Lippo, Street Scene, Martin, The Tender Land, Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte, Don José, Carmen, and Rodolfo, La bohème. Dr. McGuire has directed countless opera scenes and full productions for universities and opera companies. Most recently John directed The Old Maid and the Thief for Opera CNU’s production in fall 2016. In the summer of 2015, he directed The Marriage of Figaro for the Franco American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, where he is a faculty member. Other directing credits include, Les Contes D’Hoffmann, La belle Hélène, La Périchole, Leçons de Francais Au Étudiants Américains, The Impresario, Cosi fan tutte, and The Counsel. He has taught voice at the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, and maintains a private voice studio. Dr. McGuire enjoys contributing to Christopher Newport University and being a part of CNU’s impressive music program and community.

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