Peter McGuire


Affiliate Violin Faculty in Music and Music - Strings

Peter McGuire joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 and was named Principal Second Violin in 2016.  He served as Second Concertmaster with the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich in Switzerland from 2012-2016. 

McGuire has performed as Guest Concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Zürich Opera, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, All-Star Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent chamber musician and soloist, McGuire has been featured with the Minnesota Orchestra for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and has performed with ensembles throughout the US, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Austria, and Switzerland.  Along with Bethel Balge, he is Co-Artistic Director of the ProMusica Chamber Music Festival in Mankato, MN.

He is Affiliate Professor of Violin at Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota School of Music, and maintains a private teaching studio.  A number of his students are either attending, or have earned degrees, from conservatories and universities including Indiana University, Yale, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, St. Olaf College, and the University of Northern Iowa.  His students have won positions in major orchestras in the US and Europe, as well as participated in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the Carl Nielsen Competition.

Originally from Mankato, McGuire grew up playing violin at the Mankato Suzuki School, and performing with MAYSO and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.  McGuire received his Artist Diploma from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Fred Halgedahl.  He attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied with Sylvia Rosenberg.  His primary childhood teachers were Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray.

Courses Taught

MUS-171 (Philharmonic Orchestra), MUS-173 (Chamber Ensemble), MUS-261 (Violin), MUS-262 (Viola), and MUS-361 (Violin)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-261 Violin 15 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2017/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-361 Violin 12 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2017/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-173 String Ensemble 6 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-171 Philharmonic Orchestra 4 2020/FA and 2020/SP
MUS-262 Viola 1 2020/SP
MUS-270 Violin 1 2005/FA