Guitarist, arranger, and educator Andy Jurik specializes in the intersection of the classical and popular worlds. His debut album strive features works from Mark Summer, Ernesto Nazareth, Ivan Trevino, Nicholas Walker, the Beatles, Radiohead, and others. Jurik has lectured and performed at the Dublin Guitar Symposium, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Southern Exposure concert series, the Wired Music series and the Southern Guitar Festival. He earned his DMA from the University of South Carolina in 2016; his dissertation focused on the classical/jazz hybrid of third stream music. Jurik currently teaches at the University of North Carolina (Asheville) and Western Carolina University.