Cecile has over 39 years of professional experience as a pianist, organist, choir director and teacher. She earned her bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia with an additional certificate in piano/performance. She plays and arranges music "by ear” as well as sight reads music and incorporates theory and ear training into her lessons.
Cecile grew up in a musical family, starting piano lessons at age 7 and accompanying church services by age 11. During Jr. High and High School, she accompanied choirs for concerts and musicals, and also assisted in accompanying for the Delray Beach, Florida Play House Theatre.
Cecile attended Dekalb Jr. College prior to completing her degree at the University of Georgia. She was included in Who's Who for American Junior Colleges. Additionally, Cecile won Atlanta's Junior Miss pageant along with the talent award by playing a medley of classical pieces and popular songs that she arranged herself. Since graduating from college, Cecile has played her own piano arrangements for restaurants, receptions, and hundreds of weddings. She was also a flight attendant with Delta Airlines for three years.
Cecile taught elementary music education at the Miriam Heiskell School, 1977 through May 1981, and directed the girl's Ensemble at Mt. Vernon Christian Academy during that time.
After marrying Neal McGuire in 1984, a Civil Engineering graduate from Georgia Tech, Cecile taught piano lessons and played regularly for church services. In 1999, she became the Associate Music Director at Parkway Presbyterian Church. Her job included planning, directing and accompanying for the Traditional Service. In 2009, she became the Music Director, taking on the music responsibilities for the Contemporary/Blended Service, in addition to the Traditional Service.
Cecile retired from her church music position in September 2014. Since that time she has enjoyed teaching private lessons, playing for special events, as well assisting in choral workshops and accompanying church services as a substitute pianist/keyboardist/organist.
Cecile and Neal reside in Cumming, Georgia, and have one son, Benjamin, who is 25 and works in the computer industry as a networking specialist.