World Music, Guitar Studies
Jeff Thygeson has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and lead guitarist in various bands throughout North America. Equally at home on electric, steel-string, and nylon-string guitars, he is an accomplished musician in many styles. He has also been a top prize winner in several solo guitar competitions and has been a concerto soloist numerous times. Jeff has a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where he received the Pi Kappa Lambda Award and a BA from the University of St. Thomas. Jeff is a former member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and recorded the album, Dances of Spain and Argentina, with them. Past teaching experience includes community music schools, the University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, co-directing and developing one of the nation’s largest high school guitar programs at Hopkins High School, and co-authoring the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar syllabus for the Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association. Jeff currently teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Macalester College. He also teaches private lessons and performs regularly with Off the Clock, a group that specializes in new sounds and arrangements of familiar music, as well as original works.