Christopher McGuire, based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, commands the many expressive qualities of the guitar with what one critic called “unselfconscious intensity”. His engaging performance style invites people of all ages to feel as if they are taking part, not just taking a seat.
Andrés Segovia stated that he is “…an artist, sensitive, with perfect technique…he will be appreciated and applauded everywhere.”
His direct influences include private lessons with Maestro Segovia and jam sessions with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Christopher has also shared a stage with legendary pianist Van Cliburn.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society (FWCGS) and The Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas (AGSD).
McGuire has performed hundreds of solo concerts in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Germany, Spain and the Canary Islands. He has played for past presidents of the United States and Mexico and for members of the Spanish Royal Family.
A great lover of chamber music, he has been a guest artist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, and has formed his own eclectic chamber ensemble, D’Accord, for which he has composed many works of different styles.
He has collaborated with many great musicians including Charlie Byrd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Roland Dyens, Carlos Bonell, Karin Schaup, José Feghli, and Swang Lin.
He has presented more than 1,500 community outreach performances at various schools (including many Title 1 schools), assisted living facilities and other venues in cities throughout North America, Spain, Venezuela and Japan.
In 1985, he won First Prize in the Dallas Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and subsequently performed Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar with the DCO.
He has served as a judge for multiple Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Competitions and served on the jury of the 14th International Guitar Competition at Fundación Alirio Diaz in Carora, Venezuela.
He has presented numerous masterclasses and lecture demonstrations for entities including Arizona State University, the Julliard School, Alaska Pacific University and the GFA.
He has studied with or performed in master classes for several of the world’s foremost guitarists including Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Pepe Romero, Robert Guthrie and José Tomás. He received full scholarships to Southern Methodist University (SMU) and to the Aspen Music Festival.
In the summers of 1980-82 he had both classes and private lessons with Maestro Segovia and the great Spanish composer Federico Moreno-Torroba.
Stevie Ray Vaughn, who at one time played in a band with Christopher’s brother Patrick, was a regular in the McGuire family music room in the early 1970’s and taught Christopher to play the blues in weekly jam sessions.
McGuire previously taught at the collegiate level for 25 years, serving on the faculties of the University of Dallas and North Lake College.
He now devotes most of his time to performing, teaching, overseeing the FWCGS and AGSD as artistic director, and spending time with his family.