Adjunct Associate Professor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance
Acoustical recording engineer
Joined Connecticut College: 1983
Master of Music in Applied Classical Guitar, Yale University School of Music; BS in Engineering Acoustics and Music, College of Engineering, University of Hartford; B.A., Applied Classical Guitar, Hartt School of Music
Professor McNeish holds a Master of Music degree in Applied Classical Guitar Performance from the Yale University School of Music, New Haven, Conn. He studied classical guitar with Benjamin Verdery and performed in master classes with Eliot Fiske, David Leisner, Jaap Schroeder, Ricardo Isniola, Michael Newman, Seymore Bernstein, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He also studied computer music programming with Jonathan Berger, and arranging with Willie Ruff.
While earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Acoustics and Music from the College of Engineering, University of Hartford, Hartford, Conn., he studied acoustics with Robert Celmer and Craig Stalk and audio recording/engineering with David Budries.
Earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Classical Guitar. Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT, he studied classical guitar with Oscar Ghiglia, Richard Provost, Robert Guthrie, and Alan Spriestersbach. He performed in master classes with David Tannenbaum, Manuel Barruecco, Sharon Isben, Nigel North, and Ben Verdery.
Currently with the Connecticut College Music Department as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music/Classical Guitar Performance and Acoustical Engineer, Professor McNeish teaches courses in solo classical guitar performance, Guitar Ensemble/Chamber Music, and Acoustics for Musicians. He also runs the College's Elizabeth Gilbert Fortune Recording Studio (a multi-room facility incorporating Fortune Hall, Evans Hall, Oliva Hall, a soundproof isolation booth and Harkness Chapel) and assists Professor Arthur Kreiger with electronic music and computer music courses in the Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound Studios.
He has the following professional affiliations:
- Thames Valley Music School at Connecticut College, Executive Director
- Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Founding member, Hartford, Conn.
- Guitar Foundation of America, Professional member
- Ammerman Center for the Arts and Technology, Founding Member/Fellow
Selected performances by James McNeish:
Mr. McNeish is a member of the Connecticut College Chamber Players and has performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Goodspeed Opera Orchestra, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Connecticut Orchestra. Mr. McNeish also performs regularly at the College, as a soloist throughout New England, and has recorded 2 classical guitar solo CD's and 1 flute and guitar CD.