Jacob Seyer is a classical and finger style guitarist established as an accomplished performer, instructor, and active composer and consistently seeks to share new ideas about the rapidly growing repertoire of the guitar. A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Jacob Earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Southeast Missouri State University. In the Summer of 2015, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of a Master of Music Degree at the University of British Columbia under Daniel Bolshoy.
Jacob began his teaching career to students of all ages in 2011 at his home town in Missouri. Since then, he has gained traction in Washington State and in Vancouver as an enthusiastic instructor with a strong specialization in classical and finger style technique, open to students of all styles and ability levels.
Jacob is quickly integrating into the Vancouver music scene where he seeks to engage and serve the community. As a freelance soloist, he has performed for various North American organizations including the Canadian International Arts and Music Society, Southeast Chamber Music Sundays at Three, and The American Musicological Society. In addition to his solo career, Jacob has performed in diverse ensemble settings, including performances with the Southeast Wind Symphony, University Choir, and in numerous chamber music ensembles. Dedicated to bringing awareness to the guitar’s rich repertoire, Jacob highlights works of the 20th and 21st centuries by contributing new transcriptions and innovative original compositions. Jacob’s composing and arranging for the guitar stems from his studies of contemporary repertoire as well as style and technique used in current finger-style/folk guitar.
Luis Angel Medina Rodriguez was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, and began his formal studies in guitar, music theory and ear training at the age of fourteen. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled in the Music Diploma at the University of Guadalajara. He moved to Canada at the age of 17 and since, Luis has been a very active component to the guitar community in Vancouver. He finished the Diploma in Music at Capilano University where he studied guitar under Stephen Boswell. While at Capilano, Luis won the yearly interdisciplinary performance competition for the two years he was there. He was asked to perform at TEDx held at Capilano University. Currently, he is concluding his studies in the Bachelor of Music program at UBC majoring in guitar performance under the guidance of acclaimed guitarist Dr. Daniel Bolshoy.
Luis is also faculty of the Kaslo Guitar Festival as Ensemble Director. He is heavily involved with the Vancouver Classical Guitar Society organizing events and directing the guitar ensemble. Outside of the guitar world, Luis is involved with at A Little Music Night Orchestra as lead percussionist where he has led rehearsals and conducted at concerts. Luis is passionate about teaching and aims to inspire others by sharing his love for music and the benefits of music in life.