Marc McGhee, Department of Music, M.A. Student of Distinction

Marc McGhee, Department of Music, M.A. Student of Distinction

Marc McGhee first discovered choir his junior year at Lemoore High School. He soon found himself singing in the most advanced group on campus and participating in various regional honor choirs. Now, in his final year completing masters of arts in music with an option in choral conducting, he has also returned to Lemoore High School as a choir teacher.

“He has continued to learn and grow as a young musician and serves as a great role model for his students,” remarked Dr. Cari Earnhart, director of choral activities at Fresno State. “He meets each new musical challenge head-on with poise and enthusiasm.”

McGhee has excelled in his studies at Fresno State. When he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fresno State in 2018, he was the Department of Music’s undergraduate Student of Distinction. He sang the alma mater during the commencement ceremony.  As a graduate student, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working as a substitute music teacher for the Clovis Unified School District, a teaching assistant at Fresno State, the choirmaster at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fresno, and his position at Lemoore High.

“When Dr. Cari Earnhart arrived at Fresno State, I soon became her choral assistant in 2017, and then her graduate assistant in 2018. Through this experience, I gained experience in conducting choirs, running rehearsals, creating concert programs, and learning behind the scene activities that must be completed in order to run a successful choral program,” said McGhee.

Earnhart said during that time, McGhee was her “right hand” in running the choral program. “He has worked and organized volunteers for our annual choral festivals on campus, our annual Music Department audition day, and the Art Song Festival, just to name a few. Marc shows great leadership skills and is well respected by his peers.”

Dr. Maria Briggs applauded McGhee’s leadership skills and professional attitude as Assistant Director for the 2017 production of Der Fledermaus as well as his work as Assistant Director for the 2018 and 2019 Art Song Festivals. 

McGhee plans to continue working at Lemoore High School for a few years before pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting. He also plans to start a non-profit program in the Kings County area with a focus on music, theater, and fine arts.

“Music is a large part of my life, and I hope to pass the love of music and art to others, no matter their age or experiences.”

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