Queer Choir Workshop

Queer Choir Workshop

6 – 8 July 2022  |  3-day workshop  | $215 / $185 concession*

Queer Choir Workshop with Dr. Kathleen McGuire

Raise your voice with pride and joy – includes performance as part of headline concert




If you are looking to find your voice, why not join this workshop experience and explore the possibilities by singing with others? We invite Same Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning (SSAGQ), Gender Diverse (SSAGD), people of diverse gender and sexuality, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) singers, affirming allies and gender curious to join us!  

This three-day singing experience offers you the opportunity to share your journey through choral singing in a joyful, inclusive community setting. No experience necessary! You’ll be guided every step of the way, singing accessible music in a variety of styles, with on-topic themes sure to leave you feeling inspired, uplifted, and empowered.

Come and raise your voice under the leadership of world-renowned queer conductor, composer and educator Dr Kathleen McGuire and who knows, maybe you’ll keep singing well after the festival curtains close!

Dr. Kathleen McGuire

Melbourne-born Kathleen McGuire is looking forward to leading the Queer Choir at Festival of Voices in 2022. Kathleen is an openly gay conductor, composer and educator who has devoted her career to social justice advocacy. Her experience includes a decade leading the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, a quarter-century of involvement with the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Choir, and conducting festival choirs at the world’s major queer choral events: GALA Choruses Festivals in the United States and Canada (Montreal, Denver, San Jose, Miami); Various Voices (Dublin, Ireland); Gay Games Cultural Festivals (Sydney, Chicago, Paris); and Out and Loud Festivals (Auckland, Melbourne, Canberra). For several years she also played bass and sang backup vocals in the queer San Francisco rock band Critical Bliss, while also participating as a musician and music leader in queer-affirming churches in the US.

For her contributions to the arts and the community, “Kathleen McGuire Day” was proclaimed twice by San Francisco mayors Edwin M. Lee and Gavin Newsom. Kathleen was presented with a Local Hero Award by San Francisco’s KQED-TV, and she was elected as Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade.

During her 18 years living in the United States, Kathleen earned a doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her conducting credits include the Women’s Philharmonic, the Community Women’s Orchestra, the Empyrean Ensemble, the University of Colorado Orchestra, Opera By the Bay (San Francisco), and the Boulder Philharmonic. She has conducted at some of the world’s finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Place des Arts (Montréal) and the Sydney Opera House.

In Colorado, Kathleen conducted at the Lyric Opera in the prestigious Eklund Opera Program, including principal artists from the Metropolitan Opera and Glyndebourne, apprenticing under maestro Robert Spillman for four years. While honing her craft, McGuire received mentoring from maestros Simone Young AM, Sian Edwards, Martin Isepp, Marin Alsop, Richard Divall AO OBE, Carlo Felice Cillario and Nicholas Braithwaite. She studied conducting formally with Robert Rosen for three years as a private student and then in postgraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. As the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship, she completed the Master of Music with Distinction at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK), studying orchestral conducting with Nicholas Conran and choral conducting with Dr Owen Rees.

McGuire earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne), where she was taught by Peter Tahourdin and Barry Conyngham AM. She has been recognised multiple times in the Professional Choral Composer division of The American Prize. Her compositional interests, and recent commissions, focus on social justice issues and affecting positive change through music. Shawnee Press has sold tens of thousands of copies of her arrangement of “Harriet Tubman” about the Underground Railroad slave abolitionist. Collaborative works Street Requiem and No Excuses! have received multiple international performances and recognition, including the Remarkable Women Award from Mentone Girls’ Grammar, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Community Engagement (Australian Catholic University) and the inaugural Vice-Chancellors Alumni Award (University of Surrey). In Australia, Kathleen’s works are published by Wirripang.

Today, Kathleen is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Australian Catholic University and Music Director of the Tudor Choristers (Melbourne). She serves on the board of the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, is a member of the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers; the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia; and was elected to the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda – the US National Music Honors Society.  Kathleen and her Irish wife Audrie met in a choir. They share three children and a feisty border collie cross named Chicko

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This fee will cover the cost of your music, festival accreditation, light refreshments, special choir discounts to Festival Events and specially negotiated accommodation rates. 
*A Booking Fee of $2.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.


Same Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning (SSAGQ)Gender Diverse (SSAGD), people of diverse gender and sexuality, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI), their friends, advocates and family. This is a wholly inclusive experience. No previous experience necessary.

FACE MASKS in 2022:

Festival of Voices will continue to monitor the use of face masks and will seek advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health with updates provided to our participants and ticket holders.


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