Jennifer Quammen McGuire is a pianist, coach and conductor based in Nashville. Hailed by the Journal of Singing as “a most able collaborator, dispatching every pianistic challenge with complete aplomb,” she is Music Director of the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Principal Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the Blair School of Music. She is featured on the albums Irrational Exuberance and Sursum, as well the recently released Heinrich Marschner: Songs for Baritone with baritone Jeffrey Williams (Centaur Records). She is a member of the Atlantic Ensemble and the Leela Trio. McGuire has worked with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Birmingham, The Nashville Symphony Chorus, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Faculty appointments at summer programs include the AIMS Festival, Seagle Festival, the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive and Poco a Poco. In June 2022, McGuire taught at the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy.
McGuire recently conducted The Marriage of Figaro, Candide, The Ghosts of Gatsby, Mansfield Park, Albert Herring, Cosi Fan Tutte, Semele, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena, and Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers for the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre, as well as Le Nozze di Figaro at the Seagle Festival and Don Pasquale at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In 2020, McGuire was music director and sound designer for Vanderbilt’s animated version of L’enfant et les sortilèges, which is available on YouTube. Upcoming productions include Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a workshop of the new opera Staggerwing, and Here be Sirens.