Michael McGaghie is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College and conductor of the Harvard Glee Club Alumni Chorus. He conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Chorale and teaches courses in music history and criticism. An active adjudicator and clinician, he has served as chorusmaster of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble and as regular guest conductor of the Twin Cities ensemble Singers in Accord. He sings tenor as a member of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale.
The American Choral Directors Association has frequently recognized his work. Under his direction, the Macalester Concert Choir was chosen by a double-blind audition to perform at ACDA’s 2016 North Central Division Conference. He was one of seven American conductors selected for the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program in China, where he conducted several student and professional choirs in greater Shanghai. His doctoral thesis on Minnesotan composer Dominick Argento received ACDA’s Julius Herford Prize, awarded annually for the nation’s most outstanding dissertation in choral music.
Deeply committed to undergraduate education, Dr. McGaghie previously served on the conducting faculties of Harvard University and The Boston Conservatory. His teaching has received multiple awards from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Boston University, and he remains a proud member of Red Sox Nation.
DMA, Boston University; MM, Boston University; BA, Harvard College