James Frederick Flegel, DMA

Classical Guitar


Minneapolis Classical Guitarist James Flegel is known for his exquisite artistry as a performer and for his passion, insight, and dedication as a teacher.  He has won praise for his rare musicality, for depth of expression, and for his ability to project a wide range of colors and dynamics.  His students thrive in their studies, progressing rapidly in their musical and technical development, and regularly taking top honors in competitions.

He is on the Faculty the University of Minnesota-Morris.  He is also on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music, in Minneapolis, where he teaches Suzuki Guitar.

He has performed, taught, and adjudicated competitions in Texas, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Chicago, Evansville (Indiana), South Dakota, Kansas City, North Carolina, and throughout Minnesota.  Check back for information on upcoming concerts and events.

He often performs with his wife, pianist Emilia Flegel.  Together, they have arranged and performed concerti by Rodrigo, Giuliani, Vivaldi, and Ponce, as well chamber works by Bach, Falla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Ponce.

Dr. Flegel and his wife formed Musika Borealis, a digital online music publishing company in 2017.  Their own arrangements, compositions, and the works of other guitarist/arranger/composers are available for purchase and download:


Dr. Flegel earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Music and Psychology from St. Olaf College, where he studied guitar and renaissance lute with James McGuire.  He earned a Masters degree in composition from the University of Minnesota, where he studied under Paul Fetler (Composition and Counterpoint), Dominick Argento (Composition and Orchestration), and Michael Cherlin (Musical Analysis).  He also earned Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in guitar performance in Minnesota, studying under Jeffrey Van.  He has studied extensively with Robert Guthrie, and has studied and performed flamenco with Michael Hauser.

(photos and portraits on the website and in the video by Dawn Anderson)