Jeff Thygeson has performed extensively throughout the United States, both as soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Austin (TX) Symphony, Columbus (GA) Symphony, Owensboro (KY) Symphony, DuPage (IL) Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA), Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, UST Festival Orchestra and the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra. As a former member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, he was part of an ensemble that commissioned and premiered new works by David Hahn, Huang Ruo, Anthony Gatto, Jeff Lambert and Ileana Perez Velazquez. The group also recorded and released the CD, Dances of Spain and Argentina, to critical acclaim. Jeff has also been a top prize winner in several solo guitar competitions.
Teaching music and guitar has been a passion and large part of his career from the beginning. He has held teaching positions in several educational environments working with students of all ages and abilities. Past teaching experience includes community music schools, co-directing and developing one of the nation’s largest high school guitar programs at Hopkins High School and co-authoring a first of its kind, comprehensive multi-genre guitar syllabus for the Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association. Jeff has taught Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Music and Culture, History of Rock & Roll, Fundamentals of Music, World Music, and The Art of Listening at Macalester College, St. Catherine University, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the University of St. Thomas.
He received his BA from the University of St. Thomas and MM from the University of Southern California, where he studied with William Kanengiser and received the Pi Kappa Lambda Award. Additional teachers have included Pepe Romero, James Smith, Brian Head, Chris Kachian and Mike Coates. Jeff has studied and is proficient in many different styles of music.