Music Director – Dr Kathleen McGuire

With an exceptional career spanning more than three decades as a conductor, composer and educator in six countries, Melbourne-born Dr McGuire commenced her leadership of Star Chorale in 2017.

Leading orchestras and choirs, as well as opera, musical theatre and ballet productions, she has conducted at such renowned venues as Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, the Kennedy Centre and Carnegie Hall. Studying with and receiving mentoring from some of the world’s finest conductors, her qualifications include: B.Mus (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), Diploma of Arts in Music (Victorian College of the Arts), GradDipEd (Monash University), M.Mus with Distinction (University of Surrey, UK), Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting (University of Colorado, USA).

Kathleen has devoted much of her career advocating for social justice causes, for which she has received acclaim including San Francisco mayors Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee each designating “Kathleen McGuire Day” (2010 and 2013) on behalf of the City. In 2017 she received the inaugural University of Surrey’s Vice Chancellor Alumni Achievement Award.

Returning permanently to Australia in 2013 after 19 years abroad, Kathleen is now Music Director of both the Star Chorale and the Tudor Choristers, teaches music at Brunswick Secondary College and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and lectures at Australian Catholic University in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Her compositions — published by Wirripang, Shawnee Press and Tresona Music — are performed widely and she appears frequently as a guest conductor and presenter at festivals and conferences.