John McGuire


Biographie John McGuire


John McGuire
has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the country, most notably the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami FL, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida West Coast Symphony. McGuire has also toured internationally with the acclaimed Fortress Brass Quintet, of which he is a founding member.

As a soloist he was awarded the title “Yamaha Young Artist,” has been a finalist in the American Horn Competition, won several regional solo competitions, and has appeared as a guest artist at many workshops, festivals, and schools across the United States, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Japan. With several world-premiere performances to his credit, McGuire is a passionate proponent for the creation of new solo horn literature and a sought-after contemporary music performer.

Prior to serving on the faculty of Colorado State University, McGuire served as Adjunct Instructor of Horn at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Appalachian State University, Texas Woman’s University, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Florida A&M University. In addition, he served as host of the International Horn Competition of America in 2017 and 2019, one of the most prestigious solo horn competitions in the world, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for IHCA. Today, many of McGuire’s former students have moved into successful careers as music educators in reputable school systems and have attained positions as orchestral performers in premier ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

McGuire received his D.M.A. and B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Alabama, his M.M. in Performance from Florida State University, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His major professors were Charles “Skip” Snead, William Capps, and Dale Clevenger.

Kevin Chance
serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and chair of the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area at the University of Alabama. He maintains a studio of award-winning students at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels, and in addition to being named the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, he was recently named the 2019 Music Educator of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Council on the Arts and Humanities for his outstanding contributions to the Tuscaloosa community. Recently elected the Vice President of the Music Teachers National Association, he remains in demand as a teacher and clinician throughout the country, and he tours extensively throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. Chance holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University, and Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a student of Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, and William DeVan.

Wesley Ferreira
one of the prominent clarinetists of his generation, has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone” and “technical prowess” (The Clarinet) as well as his “remarkable sensitivity” (CAML Review). Fanfare Magazine notes that Ferreira is “clearly a major talent.” He is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Colorado State University. Ferreira has been the featured soloist with numerous wind bands and orchestras in North America and Europe, and has been broadcast nationally on both the Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporations. He has given performances and masterclasses at numerous colleges and universities throughout North America. His innovative teaching methods are acclaimed, including the development of the breath training program for musicians, Air Revelation Breath Support Training Program for Musicians ®. Ferreira holds degrees from Western University (B.M.) and Arizona State University (M.M. and D.M.A). He is a D’Addario and Selmer Paris Artist.



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