Although vocal performance rocks the world of Halle McGuire, the soprano from Bexley, Ohio, chose Wittenberg to study music as opposed to a music conservatory because she didn’t want to limit herself to performance.
“I have been motivated by the many opportunities and challenges Wittenberg has offered,” McGuire says, and she has taken full advantage of Wittenberg’s liberal arts tradition. In addition to lending her voice to the Wittenberg Choir all four years, she has been an active member of the Wittenberg Chamber Singers and the Wittenberg Opera Studio. McGuire also completed a summer research project, which combined her music major and psychology minor, as well as studied in Vienna, Austria, for a semester.
“Vienna was unbelievable,” McGuire says. “It’s impressive how deeply rooted music is in the culture. There is a magical energy in the musical culture of the city.”
McGuire’s resumé lists several campus performances including a solo at the inauguration of President Mark H. Erickson. She has performed for the Wittenberg Board of Directors and at the Columbus, Ohio, Alumni Christmas gathering in 2006. Her final appearance on campus was a Wittenberg Opera Studio Scene Performance in April. McGuire performed a scene from Così fan tutte by Mozart.
McGuire says her current ambition is to go to graduate school to study Russian and Slovakian musicology.