Elliott Miles McKinley


Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed throughout 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 Mirari Brass QuintetTransient CanvasHub New Music, the Estrella Consort, the Janàček Trio, and the Martinů String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, and his music featured on international festivals including the BGSU Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota SPARK Festival. McKinley is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a BMI Student Composer Award, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. In 2012, his percussion concerto, Four Grooves, won the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival’s MusicNow competition. In 2020 he was awarded a fellowship in composition from the Rhode Island Council for the Arts and a fellowship and residency at the Bolgiasco Foundation Study Center. Among other honors, McKinley was awarded a New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University, received several Indiana University Faculty Research Grants, and several Roger Williams University Foundation Grants. Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of earWorm, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble of composer-performers.

Currently, McKinley is Associate Professor of Music Composition, Theory, and Music Technology at Roger Williams University and is the founder and director of the Alba Music Festival Composition Program. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Coordinator at Indiana University East, developing the music program, the music curriculum, and building the department's electronic and computer music studio. McKinley served as composer-in-residence at InverHills College in Minnesota, and he has taught composition and theory at the University of Minnesota School of MusicSt. Olaf College,  Washington and Lee University and the University of Tennessee School of 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. Among principal teachers are John McNeil in jazz studies, and composers Malcolm PeytonAlex LubetDoug GeersDavid GompperGeorge Balch WilsonMichael Daugherty, and William Bolcom


ACE Publications

47 title(s)
Elliott Miles McKinley 101 for Nahre solo piano
Elliott Miles McKinley 50+ Times Three fl, vc, pf
Elliott Miles McKinley April - a meditation for orchestra 3333.4331.timp.3perc.pf.hp.strings
Elliott Miles McKinley ARIA saxophone quartet
soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
Elliott Miles McKinley Betwixt Bach Violin Solo
Elliott Miles McKinley Bow Shock Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello
Elliott Miles McKinley Chaconne String quartet (2 vn, va, vc)
Elliott Miles McKinley Dialogues Violin and Viola
Elliott Miles McKinley DREAM ANGEL vln, vla, pf
Elliott Miles McKinley Fleeting Moments
cl, vc
Elliott Miles McKinley FOUR GROOVES
sax quartet, two pianos, solo percussion
Elliott Miles McKinley Hashtag Zero - #Zero soloist -bcl, cl, tsax, ssax- percussion, electronics
Elliott Miles McKinley LAMENT Bass Clarinet and Marimba
Elliott Miles McKinley Letter To Say I Love You and Goodbye - for Violoncello and Piano Violoncello and Piano
Elliott Miles McKinley Letter To Say I Love You and Goodbye - for Violin and Piano Violin and Piano
Elliott Miles McKinley Letter To Say I Love You and Goodbye - for Viola and Piano Viola and Piano
Elliott Miles McKinley Letter To Say I Love You and Goodbye - for Horn and Piano Horn and Piano
Elliott Miles McKinley Meditation and Prayer Saxophone Quartet
Elliott Miles McKinley Memory Garden flute, cello, and piano
Elliott Miles McKinley Of Memories And Love: Summer 1978 fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, Sop
Elliott Miles McKinley On The And Of... cl, vn, vc, pf, perc
Elliott Miles McKinley Pale Blue Dot Bass Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Marimba (5-Octave)
Elliott Miles McKinley Portalscapes Saxophone Quartet
Elliott Miles McKinley Re-Invention Piano

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