Training & Education

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Career and Life Interests



Madison, Wisconsin-based classical guitarist Miles McConnell maintains an active performance schedule. Memorable recent solo performances include a solo concert at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Orlando, January 2018, and a performance of the Vivaldi Concerto in D for Guitar, with the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra, in February 2018. Miles was also featured artist on the Bayfield Summer Concerts Series, and a performed at the Waupaca Bach Festival

In July, 2018 miles will be participating in the Classical Guitar Retreat at the Cathedral of the Isles, on the isle of Cumbrae, in Scotland. During the summer of 2017, Miles participated in Camino Guitar, in Carrion de Los Condes, Spain. For this event, participants performed concerts in several ancient churches for pilgrims as they traveled the Camion de Santiago. While at Camino Guitar, Miles took masterclasses with Matthew McAllister, who teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with Rene Izquierdo, Professor of Guitar at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Miles continues to study privately with Professor Izquierdo, in Milwaukee.

Miles’ album of solo guitar music, ‘S Wonderful was released in 2015. The title of this album is taken from a song of the same name by George Gershwin. Miles’ own arrangement of this song was made from a close study of Gershwin's handwritten manuscripts (at the Library of Congress) as part of his doctoral dissertation. This album also includes music of J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Falla, Ponce, Villa-Lobos and more.

Miles serves on the board of the Madison Classical Guitar Society. He also performs in a classical guitar duo with Gabor Szarvas and in a “nylon and steel” duo with jazz guitarist, Louka Patenaude.  In December 2017, Miles accepted a full-time position as a Digital Sheet Music Specialist with, the world’s largest e-commerce sheet music retailer and publisher.

From 2011 to 2017, Miles served on the music faculty at Clarke University and Loras College (both in Dubuque, Iowa). Miles taught applied guitar at both institutions, and American Music, Music Appreciation, and World Music at Clarke, and Music Theory at Loras.

  • In 2010, Miles earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studying with Professor of Guitar, Javier Calderon. Since completing the doctorate, Miles has continued studying the guitar with several renowned classical guitarists. From 2012 to 2014, he studied with Denis Azabagic, professor of guitar at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Miles also attended the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute in 2014 and 2015, participating there in masterclasses with guitar maestro Pepe Romero.