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Kristen Shiner McGuire

KristenAssistant Professor
Office: A-97

Departmental Responsibilities:
Coordinator of Percussion Studies
Applied Percussion
Percussion Methods
Percussion Ensemble
Marimba Ensemble

Eastman School of Music, MM
University of Illinois, BM
Marimba Study, Toho School of Music, Japan

Kristen Shiner McGuire has been the Coordinator of Percussion Studies since 1984. She is known internationally as a drummer, percussionist, singer, composer, and teacher. Her credits range from playing drums and singing lead vocals in rock and jazz groups, to performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Pan Gaia Steel Band, as well as for artists Johnny Mathis and Clark Terry.

Ms. Shiner McGuire has served on the Board of Directors for the International Percussive Arts Society and won the Outstanding Chapter President Award in 1993; she served as NYS Chapter President from 1990-1999. In 1998 Ms. Shiner McGuire received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from Nazareth College. A published author and composer as well as a performer and clinician, she holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has studied marimba in Japan with virtuoso Keiko Abe.

Ms. Shiner McGuire is currently a performer with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and  the RPO Marimba Band.   She is the drummer and lead singer for the Barry Tee Jazz Trio and Kind of Blue. Professor Shiner McGuire may be heard on her own jazz album, Kristen Sings and Plays and Rings, as the drummer, singer, and mallet percussionist.

CD: Kristen Sings and Rings and Plays
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