Dr. Merrin Guice

Associate Professor of Vocal Music

Choir Director

B.A., Spelman Collge; M.M., Rutgers University; D.M.A., University of Wisconsin

Dr. Merrin Guice is the Director of Vocal Studies at Buena Vista University.  Dr. Guice directs the Buena Vista University Concert Choir and Vista Singers as well as teaches private voice.  Dr. Guice has previously taught on the campuses of The University of Wisconsin, and Miami University Ohio, Hamilton Campus.  Her choral work has led her to conduct throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Europe.  She was selected as one of ten International Conductors to participate in the Sarteano, Italy Choral Conducting Workshop with Simon Carrington and Brian O’Connell where she directed a choir of professionals. Along with choral work Dr. Guice has significant experience conducting orchestras.  She was the assistant conductor for the Agnes Scott Community Orchestra in Georgia, worked as a conductor with the Stoughton Opera Company in Wisconsin, and was awarded a young artist award for Conducting by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, which she subsequently led in performance.  

Dr. Guice’s ensembles are given a vast array of valuable experiences. Her university choirs have toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  They have worked with composers Morten Lauridsen and Stacey Gibbs at College Honor Choir presentations. She has led her choirs in receiving National and International awards and recognitions, including: first and second place prizes in the “Riva Del Garda International Choral Competition”, Silver Medal at the “World Choir Games” and as semi-finalists in the “American Prize for Choral Performance”.  Dr. Guice has conducted at the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, various venues in Italy, The Arnoff Center in Cincinnati, and most recently The Buena Vista University Concert Choir was invited to perform under Dr. Guice’s direction at Carnegie Hall in New York.  She is a frequent guest clinician at high schools and colleges for both voice and choral studies. 

Dr. Guice’s scholarship which focuses on 20th century text setting, has been presented at several College Music Society and National Association for Music Education conferences including the National College Music Society Convention in 2017.  She was the recipient of the Rockefeller Brothers Education Grant and Curriculum Award and several other grants in education and research.  

As a trained soprano Dr. Guice has performed with several opera companies and in a variety of venues  including Cincinnati Opera, “Mostly Mozart Festival” at Lincoln Center, Madison Overture Center and most recently as a soloist for a debut concert for composer Stacey Gibbs at Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Guice frequently performs lecture recitals and maintains a  successful vocal studio.  Dr. Guice’s  students have gone on to acceptance at selective graduate programs for voice, conducting and directing including University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, Arizona State, and University of Texas Austin.

Dr. Guice is a member of American Choral Director Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Phi Beta Kappa International Honor Society, and National Collegiate Choral Organization, in which she is a National Board Member.




Concert Choir; Vista Singers; Voice Lessons; conducting; and other courses in Music Education and General Music