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For millions of music fans, the intimate voice of Bill McGlaughlin signals another adventure into the heart of music-making. Whether he’s chatting with one of the great string quartets, hosting an intermission at the Met or seated at the piano with a Beethoven score, Bill’s insight and magnanimous charm are a cornerstone of classical broadcasting.
Over the years, McGlaughlin was to discover that ‘being a musician’ could embrace a great many paths. He has served as an educator, as a performer — a trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, and as a conductor — seven years as Associate Conductor with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, followed by periods as music director of orchestras in Eugene, Tucson and San Francisco, and most recently, a twelve year engagement as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also been active as a guest conductor, leading the Baltimore Symphony, Denver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Opera Theatre St. Louis, American Music Theater Festival and San Antonio Festival. McGlaughlin has also been active in broadcasting, serving as host of the popular public radio program St. Paul Sunday since its inception in 1980. In 1996 the program received the highest honor in broadcasting, the George Foster Peabody Award. To find out more about Exploring Music visit the website.
Hear Bill talk about his career in music and radio.