JACOB BLIZARD

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Jacob is a guitarist who is well-versed in a variety of playing styles. He considers himself equal parts classical guitarist, rock guitarist, and folk guitarist, although his style tends to cross over into many genres. He has experience playing in clubs, in concert halls, for theater productions, and producing studio recordings. He currently plays in the band of Richmond, VA songwriter Lucy Dacus. Lucy’s upcoming record features Jacob in the role of guitarist and producer, and they are currently considering offers from several labels who want to release the record.

Previously, he has played in classical guitar duos, trios and quartets; a guitar and flute duo; a guitar and oboe duo; with classical singers; and in jazz bands, rock bands, and musical pit bands. His production and studio credits include an EP by singer-songwriter Max Capistran (2014) of Boston-based band Damn Tall Buildings, the album For Leaving by the band Dear Ghosts (2013), and an EP by Dacus from 2012.

Jacob completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. While at Oberlin, he participated in the peer tutoring program, and the secondary private lessons program, tutoring music theory and teaching private guitar lessons. Both of these positions are only awarded via teacher recommendation. He has also taught at Appel Farm Arts Camp, and at an after-school music program that he founded in 2009 at Seven Hills School in Richmond.

Jacob has played in masterclasses or one-off lessons with many of the world’s most well-renowned and well-respected guitarists including Roland Dyens, SoloDuo, Benjamin Verdery, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Stanley Yates. He has also participated in the world premieres several works by living composers. Among them are Do Not Saturate, a solo composition by Jackie Milestone; Chimera, a guitar trio by Stephen Aron; Prophecy Machine, an opera by Porter James, and Riven Driftwood, a chamber opera by Nicole Gutman. He has played in pit bands for Richmond’s Bootleg Shakespeare events; a production of Jesus Christ, Superstar at True North Cultural Arts Center; and productions of Next to Normal, Company, and Godspell at Oberlin College Musical Theater Association. Jacob was awarded first prize in the James Stroud Music Entrepreneurship Award in 2015 and third prize in the James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition, also in 2015. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society, and has attended conferences and festival dedicated to the guitar around the world, most recently Sorrento GuitarFest in Sorrento, Italy.

Curriculum Vitae

Jacob in Italy