John has studied composition and received a masters in composition at the University of Kentucky under American composer Joseph Baber, who in turn, studied with Howard Hanson and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. John's original and yet unpublished work for solo guitar "Variations and Fantasia on a Theme by John Dowland" won the Toronto "Guitar 87" Quest For New Music Procan award in 1987. Johns setting of "Four Shakespeare Songs" won the Kentucky Oswald Competition in the early 80's. John Hedger has studied guitar & lute in master classes and private lessons with Manuel Barrueco, Paul O'Dette, Narciso Yepes, Nigel North, Elliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, George Sakellariou, David Russell, David Kelsey, Michael Fogler, and others. Mr. Hedger currently teaches guitar at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY...at Berea College in Berea, KY...and teaches lessons at John Hedger Guitar Studio in Lexington. If interested in studying with John, call (859) 252-8542. Professor Hedger also guitar taught at at Centre College, Danville, KY from the years 2000 - 2012. John plays finely handcrafted guitars by Thomas Rein (St. Louis, MO)... His lutes include a 7-course tenor lute by British luthier Reid Galbraith, and a smaller 6-course alto lute by Dan Larson and a 7-course lute by Thomas Rein.