Growing up in Mankato, MN, Colin began his study of the violin at the age of 4. He was greatly influenced from his studies with Patti Tryhus and Marilyn Bos in Mankato. Colin is grateful for the lifelong musical impact of his brother and teacher, Peter McGuire,Principal 2nd Violin Of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Colin has been fortunate enough to perform in a variety of ensembles and settings. Colin holds a permanent seat in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster. He returned to Minnesota after playing full time with the Thunder Bay and the Spokane Symphony. Other orchestral opportunities have arisen with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mill City Opera, Music St. Croix, and various other orchestras and ensembles in the region.
Colin has enjoyed wonderful opportunities to perform and travel as a soloist and chamber musician. Recently, he has enjoyed the formation of the Hennepin String Quartet along with performances with larger Chamber ensembles, where performances have ranged from German Salon music to a chamber reduction of Mahler Symphony No. 4.
Colin is also a tennis teaching pro and coach.