Cellist Patrick McGuire is a citizen musician interested in the intersection of music and other disciplines. He is an active performer and educator new to the Boston area after spending seven years living and working in New York City.
As a performer, he has worked with some of today’s most exciting composers and in 2011 gave the opening performance of Juilliard’s Focus! Festival with John Cage’s 59 1/2” for solo cello and the western-hemisphere premiere of Andrzej Krzanowsky’s Relief V for solo cello. While studying at Juilliard he performed actively with the New Juilliard Ensemble and Axiom, leading to performances at the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer Gallery and at Harvard University’s Paine Hall, as well as collaborations with composers Magnus Lindberg and Steve Reich. Patrick also studied Baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and performed with Juilliard’s Baroque ensemble Juilliard415 in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Music Before 1800 series at Corpus Christi Church. He spent three summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and enjoys reading string quartets with friends.
Patrick also has a diverse background as a teaching artist, scholar, and arts administrator. His passion for community engagement began as a freshman at Juilliard when he co-founded the Arusha Arts Initiative, an organization that has continued to lead arts empowerment workshops in Tanzania since 2009. Currently faculty at Opportunity Music Project, he has also been a teaching fellow in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, led arts empowerment workshops in New Orleans and Tunisia, and a fellow of the Silk Road Project as part of their education program at a New York City public middle school.
In 2012 he received both the Joseph W. Polisi Prize for exemplifying the Juilliard School’s values of the ‘artist as citizen’ and the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Prize for education and community outreach, and in 2013 developed a workshop on using music therapeutically for post-traumatic stress disorder in collaboration with doctors at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell. He also studied Arabic at Columbia University from 2012-2014 and received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (2013) to study intensively for two months in Rabat, Morocco.
Patrick received a MM (2014) and a BM with scholastic distinction (2012) from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick, and in September 2015 he will enroll in the Harvard Graduate School of Education to pursue an EdM in Arts in Education.