McGuire, Kristen Shiner


Kristen Shiner McGuire is Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College of Rochester, where she has taught since 1984. In 1998 she received the Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching Award. She is know nationally as a multifaceted performer and composer. Her works include Colors of Earth and Sea for solo marimba (Media Press); Juniper for solo marimba (Kendor); Celestial Welcome for percussion ensemble (Alfred Publishing) Declaration, Song, and Dance for solo timpani (Ludwig Music); and also published by Kendor, Mixolydia (beginning mallet solo) Blue Lagoon (beginning mallet duet with blues improvisation), and Two by Two, Nine Duets for Two Mallet Percussion. McGuire’s other compositions include Re-Action for beginning percussion quartet, Three Piecesfor Bass Clarinet and Marimba, and drum set quartet‘Dis Is How Her Songo, available from

     Kristen is a member of the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, the Rochester Philharminic Orchestra and the RPO Marimba Band. She has her own all female jazz trio, Elle, and is the percussionist for Dave McGrath. Kristen has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica, and at various venues in St. Thomas, among others. Her recordings include those with the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Seigerand The All Stars, The Pop Tarts, Dave McGrath, Lisa Bigwood, and Treasure Island, the Musical.

     Kristen has served on the Board of Directors for the international Percussive Arts Society; as Secretary for the Executive Council; and as New York Chapter President for PAS. She has published articles in Percussive Notes, The Instrumentalist, and School Music News, and has her own column in the latter.


     Ms. Shiner McGuire is known throughout the U.S. as a freelance percussionist, drummer, marimbist and jazz and rock vocalist. She is a clinician for Sleishman Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, and Regal Tip Calato sticks. For more information, visit and