JACOB BLIZARD

Jacob Prof Pic UpdatedEDUCATION

Oberlin Conservatory – Graduate 2015
Bachelor of music, classical guitar performance

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Oberlin College and Conservatory

Student Academic Services | 2012-2015
Peer tutor in music theory I-IV. I met up to twice weekly with my assigned tutees. I was hired based on faculty recommendation.

Oberlin Conservatory Secondary Lessons Program | 2014-2015
Secondary lessons instructor. I met weekly with 8 students for half-hour lessons, which the students took for credit. I was hired based on faculty recommendation.

Azariah’s Café, Skybar Café, Oberlin College | 2012-2015
Student manager, counter worker. I worked at and helped operate 2 school-owned coffee bar locations, working the counter and helping keep both locations stocked.

Cadence Theater Company | 2013
Sound designer for Good People. I wrote and recorded incidental/scene change music.

Appel Farm Arts Camp | Summer 2013
Guitar instructor/bunk counselor. I taught 4 classes each day, and lived with 10-12 middle school/early high school aged boys as their counselor.

Session Musician/Producer | 2012 – Current
I have produced and performed on several recordings including, most recently, an upcoming release from Richmond, VA artist Lucy Dacus, as well as past releases by Lucy Dacus, Dear Ghosts, Parlour Shakedown, and Max Capistran

Seven Hills After-School Music Program | 2009-2010
I founded this program, dedicated to teaching young musicians about playing music they love, and specifically about playing in an ensemble.

ORGANIZATIONS, MEMBERSHIP & HONORS

Pi Kappa Lambda | Inducted 2015

Sorrento GuitarFest | Summer 2015
Participant, performing                                                                                   

James Stroud Entrepreneurship Award | 2015
Top prize

James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition | 2015
Third Prize

Guitar Foundation of America | 2013 – Current
Member
Festival participant, 2014

Oberlin Classical Guitar Society | 2012-2015

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association | 2012-2015
Education committee member, 2012
Head cook, 2013-2014
Bread maker 2013-2014
Interim Dining Loose Ends coordinator, 2013

Tri-M Music Honors Club | 2007-2011
Steering committee representative

GUITAR STUDIES

Private teachers: Stephen Aron, David Toussaint, John Patykula, Adam Larrabee, Clarke Hedgepath, Trey Pollard

Masterclasses/single lessons: David Tannenbaum, Jason Vieaux, Roland Dyens, Stanley Yates, LA Guitar Quartet, Jeffrey McFadden, Vladamir Gorbach, Łukasz Kuropaczewski

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

World Premieres:

Prophecy Machine, an Opera by Porter James

Riven Driftwood, a Chamber Opera by Nicole Gutman

Chimera, a Guitar Trio by Stephen Aron

Do Not Saturate and Flagstaff, AZ, two solo pieces by Jackie Milestone

Ensembles:

Classical guitar in ensemble with flute, violin, voice, oboe; classical guitar duo, trio, quartet; large conducted guitar ensemble; jazz combo/big band; rock band; musical pit band