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Dr. Michael Patilla

Dr. Michael Patilla


Guitar, Strings Area Coordinator

(662) 325-2866

Music Building A, Room D

Classical guitarist Michael Patilla has presented numerous international performances and has been warmly received by audiences and critics. Some of the accolades include, “American guitarist Michael Patilla delighted the audience with his excellent performance.” (Roque Galo, El Pais), “…dexterous fingers…brilliant technique…” (Michael Huebner, The Birmingham News), “Michael Patilla sharing the works of his favorite South American composers is an aural and visual treat not to be missed.” (Jan Swoope, The Columbus Post-Dispatch) and “Not only Patilla's fine musical sense, but the variety of the program, made for an unfailingly enchanting concert.” (Karl Henning, Berkshires Arts and Entertainment). He has performed as concerto soloist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, and the Starkville Symphony Orchestra, and has also been a featured performer at numerous festivals, such as City Stages, Crescendo Hungary, Piccolo Spoleto, the Tennessee Guitar Festival, and the Volos Winter Guitar Festival in Greece. During last year’s concert season, he gave performances and masterclasses in England, France, Honduras, and Hong Kong, in addition to several U.S. engagements.

As the recipient of a Fulbright lecture/research award, Michael Patilla worked as a guest lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the National Autonomous University (UNAH) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and gave many performances throughout that country. In 2011, he was appointed to the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, an honor which will give him the opportunity to travel to multiple countries in order to teach and present recitals of music by American composers. 

Michael Patilla currently serves as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Mississippi State University and directs the guitar program for the Masterworks Festival, an international performing arts festival held each summer in Winona Lake, Indiana. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music and has additionally studied with such teachers as Manuel Barrueco, Nicholas Goluses, Julian Gray, Bruce Holzman, Paul O’Dette, and Raphaella Smits. Septiembre, his debut CD of music by South American composers was released in 2005. His edition of new guitar works by Honduran composers will be published by Imagine Music in 2011.