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Christopher McGuire

Classical Acoustic Guitar from Dallas, TX - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$350 - $2500 per event
I joined GigMasters because I really enjoy playing weddings and events. I do play concerts, but I'm not on the "stuffy" side of the classical world. I also play jazz, pop and folk music with the best professional musicians in the area and internationally. However, I try to stay within a fee range that is affordable. Here's a little about my solo career:

Christopher McGuire is the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, the Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas and the Classical Guitar Series at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has performed hundreds of solo concerts in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Venezuela, Japan and Spain and has been a guest artist with orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has performed more than 2000 informal performances for about 180,000 children in schools and other community venues for the Dallas Classic Guitar Society, Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, Young Audiences and in cities throughout North America, Spain and Japan. Chris has presented masterclasses at the Juilliard School focusing on the development of outreach programs and performing for younger audiences.

Chris studied with several of the world's foremost guitarists including Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Pepe Romero, Robert Guthrie and Jose Tomas. He received full scholarships to Southern Methodist University on the recommendation of Robert Guthrie and to the Aspen Music Festival on the recommendation of Oscar Ghiglia. In the summers of 1980-82 he had both classes and private lessons with the great Spanish composer Federico Moreno-Torroba and Maestro Segovia. Blues master Stevie Ray Vaughn, a regular in the McGuire family music room in the early 1970s, taught Chris to play the blues in weekly jam sessions. He has held faculty positions at the University of Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and with the Dallas County Community College District.
In 1985 McGuire won first prize in the Dallas Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. His peers enthusiastically received his performance at the 1993 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Festival in Buffalo, New York and he has been selected to judge the GFA International Competitions in St. Louis, Missouri, San Antonio, Texas as well as Quebec City and Montreal, Canada.
Chris has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, the Bruce Wood Dance Company, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Mount Vernon Chamber Music and has collaborated in chamber music with Jose Feghali, Carter Enyeart, Steve Harlos and Swang Lin among many others. He has performed with guitar luminaries including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Byrd, Bucky Pizzarelli, Roland Dyens, Sergio Assad and Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and "jammed"" in casual situations with folks like Chet Atkins, Charlie Pride and Johnny Winter.
Christopher McGuire 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 they are taking part, not just taking a seat. Audiences and critics on five continents fulfill the prediction by Andres Segovia that, "he will be appreciated and applauded everywhere." In addition to numerous television and radio appearances he was the subject of a half-hour program on Radio Shanghai of China with an estimated audience in thirteen Asian countries of one billion listeners.
Christopher McGuire plays a 2004 Greg Smallman & Sons guitar with Savarez Crystal strings and records exclusively for Acoustic Plus Records.
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Funeral

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Chris is a fine guitarist and was incredibly accommodating with our short-notice booking. I'd strongly recommend him to anyone in need of a versatile and excellent guitarist!

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Christopher McGuire’s Response:

Thanks Chris. Please also thank Larry when you have an opportunity.

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Wedding Ceremony

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Christopher McGuire’s Response:

Dear Susan, Thanks very much for the kind review. It was a beautiful wedding and, what a beautiful location. Chris

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Nursing Home Event

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I hired Chris to play for my grandmother in her assisted living facility. He was very professional and arrived early. He was one of the best classical guitarists I have ever heard and he is very versatile on the song styles he can play. We were mesmerized by his playing. Great experience.

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Christopher McGuire’s Response:

Thanks for the generous remarks. Everyone I told about you booking me to play for your grandmother in assisted living gave a big "Awww, that's beautiful!"

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2016
Jul
23
Birthday Party (Adult)
Dallas, TX
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2016
Jun
15
Funeral
Fort Worth, TX
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
May
4
Funeral
Dallas, TX
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Apr
16
Wedding Ceremony
Tyler, TX
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Mar
1
Nursing Home Event
Dallas, TX
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
2015
Jun
27
Rehearsal Dinner
Rockwall, TX
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Christopher McGuire will also travel to Coppell, Irving, Lewisville, Grapevine, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Addison, Euless, Southlake, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Bedford, Roanoke, The Coloney, Lake Dallas, Hurst, Plano, Arlington, Argyle, Grand Prairie, Denton, Keller, Little Elm, Frisco, Garland, Allen, Haslet, Justin.
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