Cain Budds received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce. While in residence there, he served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally recognized classical guitar program. In addition to his teaching duties, he assisted in the editing of the second performing edition: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Solo Lute Works, by Professor Koonce which was recently published by Neil A. Kjos company in San Diego. Dr. Budds is currently Associate Professor of Guitar and Music Theory as well as Head of the String Area at Louisiana Tech University where he heads a vibrant guitar studio. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Head of the guitar studio at The University of Louisiana at Monroe and at Grambling State University. He has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the U.S. and Mexico and in Master Classes with outstanding performers including Eliot Fisk, Flavio Cucchi, Paul Henry, William Kanengiser, Margarita Escarpa, Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Robinson, Javier Garcia-Moreno, and Pepe Romero. Budds has appeared as soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic performing contemporary works such as Folias by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra and Arafura Dances by Australian composer Ross Edwards. Most recently he appeared as soloist with Moscow's Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performing Mauro Giuliani's Quinetto, Op. 65 for guitar and string orchestra (cainbudds.com).