Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Martinu String Quartet, and the Essex Chamber Music Players. The Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony have performed his orchestral music, and his music has been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the Mid-American Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, and the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art. He is a recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships including those from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Among other honors, McKinley was awarded a 2009 New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University.
Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of the electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, earWorm, where he plays a variety of keyboard and percussion instruments, and executes real-time sampling, looping, and effects processing for the ensemble. earWorm has several commercially available recordings performs on conferences and festivals in the Untied States such as the College Music Society, and International Society for Improvised Music.
McKinley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Primary teachers include Malcolm Peyton, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Gompper, and Alex Lubet. He has taught music theory and composition at Washington and Lee University, and spent four years at Indiana University East as Assistant Professor of music where he developed the music program and served as music program coordinator. Currently he is Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music.