2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

How to Prepare Your Students for a Musical Marathon

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Bartolin Hall E112

John McGuire
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Horn

Dr. John McGuire has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the world, most notably the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. John has also toured internationally with the acclaimed Fortress Brass Quintet, of which he is a founding member. As a soloist he was awarded the title “Yamaha Young Artist,” has been a finalist in the American Horn Competition, and has appeared as a guest artist at many workshops, festivals and schools across the world. With several world-premiere performances to his credit, John is a passionate proponent for the creation of new solo horn literature as well as a sought-after contemporary music performer. John currently serves as Associate Professor of Horn at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. His major professors were Charles “Skip” Snead, William Capps and Dale Clevenger.


As an avid long-distance runner, Dr. McGuire has logged countless miles on the road, giving him plenty of time to contemplate how training for a race is remarkably similar to preparing for a concert. Hear his strategies for helping students (and even you!) think of and execute long-term goals. Learn how to make race day the easiest and most enjoyable part!