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. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees from Illinois State University where he studied with noted performer and teacher Dr. Angelo Favis. Dr. Budds also studied guitar with Professor Manley Mallard III at Millikin University as well as with Dr. Douglas Rubio of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. 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. In the Fall of 2019, he was invited to spend a week performing and teaching at the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. Budds' research project for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree is titled Nikita Koshkin: Insights into Compositional Process and Style.