A Consummate Musician and Performer
Brett Maguire is happy to consider Worcester his musical home. He received formative piano and organ lessons with Worcester musician Malcolm Halliday, along with regular visits to the Historical Piano Study Center in nearby Ashburnham. While an undergraduate at Holy Cross, Brett served as the Organ Scholar for the class of 2002 and studied organ with James David Christie.
Before going to Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio for a Masters Degree in Historical Performance Practice, Brett spent a year living in France on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and performed a solo organ recital at Notre-Dame in Paris. He returned to France the following year and took First Prize and Prize of the Audience in the 2005 André Marchal International Organ Competition in Biarritz. Brett was called back to Worcester in 2008 as the Director of Music for Wesley United Methodist Church on Main Street.
Brett is a frequent soloist and collaborator. He has performed ambitious cycles such as the complete organ symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor and the complete violin and piano sonatas of Beethoven with violinist Aaron Packard. He regularly accompanies the Master Singers of Worcester, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, the choirs of All Saints Episcopal Church, the Assumption Chorale, and the Worcester Children’s Chorus.
Outside of his musical pursuits, Brett is an avid rock climber, cyclist, yogi, knitter, and mushroom hunter. He is the membership secretary for the Boston Mycological Club.