Connor O’Neill is a guitarist, composer, and producer from Philadelphia, who is carving out space for himself as an artist focusing on modern creative music.
He graduated from the University of the Arts in 2017, receiving the School of Music Jazz Award and the Catherine T. Quaile Memorial Guitar Award that year. Connor O’Neill then graduated with a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of the Arts in December 2019.
O’Neill participated in the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program from 2010-2015, in which he composed, improvised, and performed under master musician Anthony Tidd. Since 2014, O’Neill has led the Connor O’Neill Trio and Septet, which performs his compositions and arrangements exclusively. In August 2018, Connor was a featured artist, along with vocalist Jessica Cantone, in The Gathering II, an event curated by the Philadelphia non-profit, Artsi. O’Neill frequently performs as a sideman, displaying a mastery of a multitude of musical styles.
O’Neill established himself as a skilled and inventive sound engineer with the release of Alex Delcourt’s The French Quarter in 2018, which received 3.5/5 stars from All About Jazz. O’Neill recorded, mixed, and mastered the album single-handedly, giving the album a unique, personal sound. O’Neill then produced and released his own senior recital at the University of the Arts shortly after. The recital featured his technical skill as a producer, as well as a distinct adeptness as a composer and improvisor. 2018 also saw the release of O’Neill’s first EP, Solo Guitar, which displayed his versatility as a solo artist.
O’Neill has privately taught guitar, music theory, jazz history, improvisation, and musicianship since 2014. After tutoring over 20 peer students at the University of the Arts for three years, he received the University’s Excellence in Tutoring Award in 2017. O’Neill also teaches music at various levels through music programs around the city.