Choir Director, Music Teacher
847-546-8800 Ext. 3650
Mr. McGuire was born and raised in Round Lake and is a proud graduate of District 116. He has taught middle school choir and general music in Round Lake since 2004. Prior to starting in Round Lake, he taught 4th-12th grade band in nine schools on the southeast side of Chicago.
He attended Illinois State University on an oboe performance scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2003. At ISU, Mr. McGuire served as an oboist and English horn player in multiple bands, chamber ensembles, and ISU’s orchestra. As a member of the Big Red Marching Machine, Mr. McGuire played keyboard percussion as well as mellophone. Highlights of his time at ISU include the Big Red Marching Machine’s performance at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis as well as the premiere of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 5 at the 2001 College Band Director’s National Conference in Denton, TX. Mr. McGuire also holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Theatre Directing from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Apart from his teaching duties, Mr. McGuire is active musically and theatrically. In Round Lake, he directs RLHS Theatre’s fall play and spring musical. Outside of school, he is a Jeff Award nominated properties designer who has worked for numerous Chicago and suburban theatre companies including Kokandy Productions (The SpongeBob Musical), Porchlight Music Theatre (Anything Goes), Citadel Theatre, (The Christians, Silent Sky), Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre (Xanadu), and Metropolis PAC (Cabaret, Addams Family, A Christmas Carol, Sister Act). He has also done freelance work for Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Music Theater Works, and Gallaudet University, as well as design/fabrication work in puppetry, historical millinery, props, and costume crafts for numerous companies and individuals across the country.
As a performer, Mr. McGuire has worked as a freelance reed player and pianist on many professional and amateur musical productions in and around Chicago. As an actor and singer, he has performed professionally with Pride Films and Plays, the Apollo Studio Theatre, and originated the role of Anton Haizinger in the musical Beethoven in Vienna. He has also performed variously as a tenor soloist, his favorite being for Queen of All Saints Basilica's Christmas performance of The Messiah. Mr. McGuire can be heard on two CD's recorded on the Albany Records label and is member of the Illinois Music Educators Association and the Illinois Theatre Association. Mr. McGuire lives in Round Lake with his wife Zarah (a preschool teacher), sons Rowan and Milo, and dog Wednesday.