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Dr.Kathleen McGuire Workshop – Queer Choir

Queer Choir Workshop

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

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 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.

Accessibility Information

The Founders Room  

  • Getting to the venue 
    • The Founders Room is on Level 3, 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004 
    • 2 accessible parking spaces are available outside ‘The Den’ on Salamanca Place. More accessible parks are located on Salamanca Place in a sectioned-off parking lot opposite the restaurant strip. 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

    • The Founders Room is accessible on Level 3 via the lift located in the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard. 
    • A ramp is present to provide access up 2 existing steps at the entrance to the Founders Room. 
    • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Salamanca Arts Centre.  

Federation Concert Hall

Getting to the venue 

  • Federation Concert Hall is within Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A drop off zone located at the front of Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, accessible from the far-right lane of Davey Street, just after Evans Street. 
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the Hotel Grand Chancellor carpark. To access this space, please drive into the drop-off zone and request valet park the car for you. More accessible parking can be found along Davey Street by turning into Dunn Place Carpark, on the right past Campbell Street, or turning into the Mures carpark, on the left past Campbell Street. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Federation Concert Hall Auditorium (titled Federation Plenary Hall). Please note that lighting designs will not be as featured in this tour at Festival of Voices events. 


Assistive Listening: info TBC 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues.


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

    • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
    • The Federation Concert Hall stalls are accessible from Ground level and the dress circle is accessible for wheelchair users via the lift at reception. 
    • Accessible bathrooms are available  

COVID-19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a non-fixed seated venue. Seating will be positioned with sufficient space between participants. Please me mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.