A graduate of the Classical Guitar Performance program at California State University, Northridge, Jared Hevrdejs grew up in Arkansas and began playing guitar at the age of 10. He fell in love with the instrument immediately and after a few years of study, he began to take more lessons with specialized instructors with classical and jazz focuses. Jared was a member of his Junior High and High School Jazz bands and placed in All Region Jazz Band each year. He discovered the music of Tommy Emmanuel during his sophomore year, which inspired him to learn how to play fingerstyle guitar. After his move to California, Jared began a serious study of classical guitar with Jeff Miley for two years before going on to study Classical Guitar Performance at CSUN.
During his time at Northridge, he studied under Dr. Steven Thachuk, as well as John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He played guitar in a variety of chamber music groups every semester and played in the school’s steel drum ensemble and taiko ensemble, earning him the World Music Award in 2017. He has performed in masterclasses with David Russell and Paul O’Dette. Jared also is recipient of the 2016 Dr. Robert Wienpahl Scholarship and was named Outstanding Guitar Student for the 2015-2016 school year.
Jared continues his passion for learning and music outside of school by uploading fingerstyle arrangements on his Youtube channel and continuing to expand his knowledge of the guitar.