"...you (Kim) create a sense of warmth and a kind of comradery as we relate to our own shared experiences of living this human life. Yet it also feels like a personal individual connection as you sing, speaking your heart to each one of us."
I sing jazz- and more. Really, jazz sings me. I had a wonderful career in musical theatre and opera, but I wanted more musical autonomy. I found it. In 2016 I started studying with Greta Matassa, and since then have been singing jazz all over Seattle. I love to listen and I love to learn. My style is broad, whether American Songbook, "Desperado", or "Stand By Me". My vocal technique background affords me great vocal range and versatility, whether it be dynamic or intimate. Each song becomes a personal narration with a unique identity, my voice being the vehicle of expression for the many pieces of my life. When a room can come together, with no heed to race, creed or political affiliation, when we can all just feel ourselves at our deepest and most human level, THAT is IT. That is why I sing. To connect to the music, and to connect to my "fellow" human beings. I'm always honored to sing. It's where I live.
A 2017 Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist finalist, Kim has been a professional performer, educator, director, and producer for the past 30 years, having worked all over the U.S. in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre, and opera. Privileged to share the stage with such greats as Eric Idle, Frank Langella, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Goulet, Kim has been seen on many regional stages including Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Fifth Ave. Theatre, Benaroya Hall, Village Theatre and SecondStory Repertory among others. Notable jazz clubs include Tula's, Egan's Jamhouse in Ballard, The North City Bistro, Boxleys (RIP), The Musicquarium at The Triple Door and Trocaderos Nightclub in New York (RIP).
Kim hails from Minneapolis where she studied at the prestigious Children’s Theatre in high school and became a company member post high school. Higher education includes Ithaca College, University of Minnesota, and Circle in the Square 2 year Professional Training Program in NYC. Circle in the Square educators included acting, singing, and dance instructors from Julliard and Yale.
As founder of MaguireVoice, Kim has designed, directed, hosted, and accompanied over 30 cabaret shows in many different venues throughout her Seattle career.
Kim has been a private music educator for over 20 years, specializing in technique and acting coaching. Her students have performed roles on Broadway, as well as large and small regional theatres in Seattle. She is honored to have had students in some of the top musical-theatre programs in the country, including NYU, University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, and Rice University Opera Program. Kim is also the proud teacher/coach of the 2005 National Thespian Society winner for musical theatre performance.
Kim has also helped start 3 major theatrical venues in the Seattle area. She has experience with capital campaigns, fund raising, building educational curriculum, theatre school design, group teaching, and working within conservatory settings.
Kim singing at the Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocal Event,
Jazz Alley, 2017
"Kim Maguire & The Blue Fedoras", 2013