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 of many styles who enjoys playing everything from Bach to Rock. 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. In addition to Anoka- Ramsey Community College, Jeff currently teaches at Macalester College and Opus Academy of Music. He also performs regularly with Off the Clock, a group that specializes in new sounds and arrangements of familiar music, as well as original works.