Kristen Shiner McGuire is Assistant Professor in Performance Practice and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College of Rochester, where she has taught since 1984. She was the recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Percussion Ensemble has performed at state at National conventions and in schools across New York State. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. From 1980-81, she was a marimba student of marimba virtuoso, Keiko Abe, at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Her other teachers include John Beck, Thomas Siwe, Jim Petercsak, Keith Copeland and Jamey Haddad.
Kristen’s performing talents run the gamut from jazz singer and drummer, jazz vibraphonist, solo marimbist, orchestral percussionist and timpanist, to contemporary chamber musician. She has performed with Clark Terry, Johnnie Mathis, Mickey Rooney, the Pan Gaia Steel Band, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, among many others. Her recordings include those with the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble , Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave McGrath, Linda Foster, Jon Seiger and The All Stars, the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, John Teleska, the Pop Tarts, and on her own album, Kristen Sings and Plays and Rings. Kristen has performed at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Suncoast Jazz Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and several venues in St. Thomas. Her Ella Fitzgerald style vocals add to her impressive drumming skills in Jon Seiger and The All Stars: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, her all female jazz trio, Elle, and as the "filling" of the St. Thomas based Pop Tarts. The Buffalo News says of Kristen’s drumset performance with the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble at Buffalo’s Tralf in 2002: "In many ways, Shiner McGuire was the revelation of the evening, bouncing between an impressive battery of instruments and displaying an acute sense of percussive color in her own composition, "Swamp Gas". The latter was a vehicle which she created to display her prowess behind the drum kit….".
As a clinician for Sabian Cymbals, Mike Balter Mallets,and Regal Tip Calato Sticks, Kristen is a well known percussion educator and performer throughout the United States. She maintains her own private teaching studio in Rochester, New York, where she lives with her husband David, a composer, pianist, music theorist, and aesthetic education proponent, along with their two cats, Tenny and Marco.
This delightful four-mallet marimba solo features a playful style and is ideal for high school or college recitals and competitions. The required techniques are idiomatic for marimba and will develop and reinforce essential skills such as ostinato/melody combination and chorale style rolling.
This grade 4 two-mallet solo with piano accompaniment has beautiful harmonies and a poignant musical message. The challenges for the mallet player include double stop rolls, arpeggiated patterns, and musical expression. It also contains an easy 5 measure section that utilizes 3-mallets. “The Wish” may be performed on xylophone, marimba, or...
This grade 4-6 collection of 15 pieces includes a wide variety of music from the Baroque era, adapted as 2, 3, and 4 mallet marimba solos. Each piece contains its own technical and musical challenges, as well as opportunities for creative expression. Composers include Bach, Barbirolli, Handel, Mouret, Telemann, Giordani and Calara.