Scott MacPherson, Artistic Director
Artistic Director Scott MacPherson, founding Artistic Director of the Cleveland Chamber Choir, is currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble in Madison, Wisconsin, a position he has held since founding the group in 2002. Additionally, MacPherson is the founding Artistic Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, a professional choral ensemble he directed from its beginning in 2005 until 2014. He has consistently earned critical acclaim for the high standards of performance of choirs under his direction and is in demand as a choral clinician and guest conductor throughout the country and abroad. MacPherson’s research of contemporary choral music in Germany has resulted in guest conducting appearances with the Vokalensemble Kölner Dom of the Cologne Cathedral, the award-winning Modus Novus Chor based in Cologne, and the renowned male vocal ensemble Arcanum Musicae in Dresden. His international reputation has also drawn acclaim in Taiwan, where he has conducted festival choirs and led workshops at conferences in Pingtung City and Taipei. Choirs under his direction have been featured at conferences of the National Collegiate Choral Organization; National, Divisional and State American Choral Directors Associations; and State Music Educators Associations.
Kira McGirr, Executive Director
Mezzo-soprano Kira McGirr performs regularly in Northeast Ohio, including as frequent soloist and member of Cleveland Chamber Choir; soloist and section leader with Trinity Chamber Singers and Cathedral Choir at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland; frequent substitute section leader and cantor for numerous other Cleveland-area churches; as part of Trinity Cathedral’s BrownBag Concert Series; in the chorus and for outreach events with Cleveland Opera Theater; as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Creative Fusion: Composers Series; and has been featured as alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, among many other choral works. She made her 2018 debut with the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra as soloist in their performance of John Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Additional operatic experience includes Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), and Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), as well as a variety of opera choruses. She has performed in festivals and conferences in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Ms. McGirr is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Chamber Choir. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music.