Andy Jurik is a performer, educator and writer based out of Asheville, NC. He holds a D.M.A. in guitar performance (music theory minor) from the University of South Carolina; his dissertation focused on the classical/jazz fusion of third stream music. Andy has lectured about third stream music and the guitar at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America Conference, the University of North Carolina Music music faculty lecture series and Montreat College. Andy currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Western Carolina University. He likes bourbon and puppies, and thinks you should, too.