Our Music Directors
Director of Music 

Multi-instrumentalist Dr. Margaret McGillivray has been hailed as a musical "force of nature" and dynamic educator. Originally, from the wide open skies of the Canadian Prairies, Margaret spent most of her formative years in Newmarket, Ontario. She completed her degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music before finishing high school.  She went on to McGill University in Montreal for further study, this time in Horn Performance and followed up with a Master’s in Horn Performance and Literature from Northwestern University.  Her principal teachers have included some of the finest horn players in the world, such as John Zirbel, Gail Williams, Marty Hackleman, David Krehbiel, Bill Barnewitz and Daniel Katzen.  

Dr. McGillivray has played and taught in Canada, England, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan and the US. She has given several premieres, including the US premieres of Keith Bissell's Sonata for Horn and the Southwest premieres of Jacques Hetu's Cor-Jupitre and Elizabeth Raum's Romance. Alongside championing the work of women composers, she also enjoys bringing the works of Canadian composers to a wider international audience.

Margaret holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona where her research into the connection between singing and horn playing culminated in the capstone project, "The Singing Horn Player" as well as three new transcriptions of vocal arias for horn.

She has developed workshops on this subject and a vocal approach informs her teaching methods with beginners and advanced musicians alike.

An active performer, Dr. McGillivray has played with many ensembles in the Southwest, including the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony.  Since arriving in the Mid-Atlantic, Margaret has appeared with such orchestras as the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New Orchestra of Washington, the Maryland Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. She is also on faculty at Towson University. When not writing her upcoming book or practicing for some musical shenanigans and caring for three small children, she spends time hiking, cooking and laughing with her husband, and loving on one hairy english setter.

Director of Contemporary Music

Patrick Sise is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in guitar performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Julian Gray. He has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the northeast region. These venues include solo and chamber recitals at the Peabody Institute, the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival, and at many concert halls, churches, retirement homes, and hospitals.  

Mr. Sise is a guitarist for Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc., and more recently, he has been an active member of several bands playing electric guitar and singing back-up vocals. All the bands have performed all around the Baltimore area at bars to popular venues such as the Ottobar, Baltimore Soundstage, Rams Head Live, and Angel’s Rock Bar in Power Plant Live. Notable performances include opening for Sebastian Bach from Skid Row in July 2015 at Rams Head Live, the 2010 Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert where Mr. Sise performed with Donald Sutherland, world renowned organist and former chair of the organ department at Peabody, and The 2009-2010 John E. Marlow Guitar Series where Mr. Sise was a principal guitarist in the orchestra conducted by Julian Gray that performed Shingo Fujii’s Concerto de Los Angeles with William Kanengiser as soloist.

Along with solo and chamber concerts, he is currently concertizing with his duo partner Mark Edwards, fellow Peabody alum and renowned guitarist. Mr. Sise was an active member of the Creative Access, a student run volunteer outreach performance program, while he attended Peabody. He was a site coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore City Veterans Hospital where he performed monthly.  

Mr. Sise is the professor of guitar for Frostburg State University’s Music Department, and is also a guitar instructor at the Peabody Preparatory, Guitar Center, Bel Air Music Studios, and once taught for Music and Arts. During his graduate studies at Peabody, Mr. Sise was awarded a graduate assistantship with the music education department.

A native of Richmond Virginia, he started playing the guitar when he moved to Elkton, Maryland at the age of eleven, and received his Associates of Arts degree in music/guitar from Cecil College in 2006. While attending Cecil, he received the 2005/06 Cecil County Arts Council Fellowship awarded annually to one student for artistic excellence. Mr. Sise will continue his education with intentions of receiving a degree in music theory/composition, and a doctoral degree in guitar performance.

Other than arranging, performing, teaching, recording, and composing music, Mr. Sise is an active runner, soccer player, and athlete.  He enjoys reading, films, friends, volunteering, making others laugh, and shredding guitar and bass with his bands Fantasm and Goodbye July.