Pianist Shannon McGinnis has been recognized for her skilled performances and solid support in partnerships with some of the brightest stars in the classical vocal music world. Recent highlights include appearances with soprano Kiera Duffy, as part the 2013 Collaborative Works Festival; tenor Nicholas Phan, on a live broadcast for WFMT’s “Impromptu” series; soprano Deborah Voigt, as part of a star-studded gala performance for Sing for Haiti; and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, for A Prairie Home Companionbroadcast live from the Ravinia Festival. 2015 brings multiple performances in Chicago with soprano Amy Conn, kicking off with a recital of songs by Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, Tom Cipullo, and Charles Ives, at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall.

McGinnis serves as adjunct faculty and vocal coach at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where, in addition to coaching graduate level vocal performance majors and teaching courses in undergraduate and graduate diction, she has led a popular graduate seminar devoted to modern and contemporary American art song. In 2015 she returns for the third consecutive summer to Up North Vocal Institute, where she serves on the faculty as French vocal coach.

A passionate advocate for art song and the education of young singers, McGinnis is a founder of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), where she currently oversees a series of master classes and workshops for singers and pianists and is responsible for instituting the organization’s brand new Vocal Chamber Music Fellowship. McGinnis served as Executive Director of CAIC from its founding in 2010 until 2014, a position that oversaw the inauguration of the annual Collaborative Works Festival (now in its fourth year), the very popular “Lieder Lounge” series, the annual Winter Workshop, and the annual Spring Master Class, programs which have featured such notable artists as pianist Martin Katz, baritone Jesse Blumberg, soprano Susannah Phillips, tenor Nicholas Phan, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, countertenor David Daniels, soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, baritone Joshua Hopkins, pianist Kevin Murphy, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.

Also at home in the world of opera, McGinnis has held internships and appointments with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, DePaul University Opera Theater, Decorah Opera, DuPage Opera, and Kentucky Opera. In summer 2013, McGinnis joined the coaching staff of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, for the Center’s workshop performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia

Prior to moving to Chicago in 2006, McGinnis held the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Accompanying at Truman State University. She was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, as a student of renowned pianist Martin Katz.