Darren O’Neill

(b. 1968)

B.A., M.A., M.L.S.

Darren O’Neill is a former Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and served as the Coordinator of Guitar Studies in the John J. Cali School of Music from 2012 to 2020.  He is currently the Director of Library Services at the         Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ.  

Mr. O’Neill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Castleton State University in Vermont and his Master of Arts degree in Music from Montclair State University in New Jersey.  Both degrees centered about guitar performance.  He earned his Master of Library Service degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

As a member of Trio Brioso (flute, viola, and guitar) Mr. O’Neill gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 as the result of winning the Artists International New York Debut Competition that year.  As a member of the Nova Segno Duo (with Dennis Cinelli), he has performed and recorded on antique instruments from the historic collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was featured in the 2011 exhibition, Guitar Heroes!  He has also spent significant time editing and proofreading the re-engraving of works by Fernando Sor (1778-1839) under the supervision of Dr. Brian Jeffery, Tecla Publications.  His career as a librarian has seen him working in the Music Research Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. O’Neill has recorded three, solo CDs – The French Connection, American Crossroads, and Celtic Keepsake – and a world premiere recording of flute and guitar suites by Dennis Cinelli (1953-2012) entitled A Piper’s Ayre.  Mr. O’Neill has also had a featured article published in Soundboard (Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America) entitled “A Survey of Select Nineteenth-Century Chamber Works by Guitarists of the Period” (winter 2010).  

Mr. O’Neill is an honorary member of both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music) and Alpha Psi Omega (theatre).