Jay Kacherski

Instructor of Guitar

Degrees: 
B.A., Florida Southern College; M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.MA., University of Texas Austin

"Virtuosismo" and "technical dominance" are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski. A native of New York, Kacherski has given solo performances throughout the United States and Mexico at music venues such as the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, Mexico City; the Ollin Yoliztli Center for the Arts in Mexico City; and the Concert Artist Series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.

As a member of the Texas Guitar Quartet, he has given performances at the Brevard Music Center, the Texas Guitar Workshop, various universities throughout the United States, the International Trumpet Guild, and a two week six city tour of China.

In 2007, Kacherski was a member of the guitar faculty at the Escuela Nacional de Música, the music conservatory for the National University of Mexico (the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, UNAM).  In 2008, he returned to Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar researching, performing, and promoting contemporary classical guitar music of Mexico.  Since then, he has been premiering many new Mexican guitar works (both solo and chamber) in the United States and has created the first ever complete catalog of Mexican guitar works on the internet with links to videos, audio, scores, and more.

Dr. Kacherski is on the guitar faculty at Loyola University, the University of New Orleans, and McNeese State University, as well as NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.  He is an Associate Editor for Soundboard Magazine, the director of the Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra Guitar Program, a reviewer for the American String Teacher Journal, and the Associate Artistic Director of the "Classical Minds" International Guitar Festival in Houston, Texas.