George Guenther

Lecturer

  • Professional
  • Personal

Education

  • M.M., University of Notre Dame, 1988
  • B.M.E., Berklee College of Music , 1982

Accolades

  • 2018 WMEA Hall of Fame recipient
  • Director of the 2018 WMEA Junior All-State Choir

Biography

George Guenther has taught choral music in Washington State for the past 25 years. He taught at Puyallup High School for 15 years where his choirs gained a strong reputation for excellence. His Norselanders choir won multiple 1st place State Solo and Ensemble championships performing at the state level 15 years in a row. Under Guenther’s direction, Puyallup High School Choirs performed in Russia, British Columbia, New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Prior to Washington State, he directed church and community choirs on the East Coast and in the Midwest United States. He earned a Master of Music with an emphasis in choral conducting from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys an eclectic mix of music from the Renaissance to contemporary. Originally from Wisconsin, he played electric guitar as a teenager in rock and roll bands with a special affinity for the Blues, the music of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin! He went on to study guitar at the Wisconsin College-Conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied jazz, symphonic composition and orchestration. He currently sings with the Tacoma Symphony Voices. He is the choir director for the Washington Ambassadors of Music (WAM), that performs in seven European countries. He and his wife Carol operate Sursum Corda Retreat and Conference Center at the coast in Copalis Beach, Washington, where they offer space and accommodations for church and business retreats, as well as a vacation get-away for family gatherings.