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A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jacob Jonker began his studies with Joe Hagedorn at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He then went on to complete a Master's degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, studying under Jeffrey Van. During his studies Jacob received top prizes from both the Schubert Club (First prize, 2007) and Thursday Musical (Second Prize, 2008) scholarship competitions. After completing his Master's degree, Jacob trained as a Suzuki guitar instructor and joined the music faculty at UMD.
Jacob has performed as part of the chamber music series at the James J. Hill mansion, and has been a featured performer in the Minnesota Guitar Society's annual "Guitarathon." He is also enthusiastic about the electric guitar and enjoys teaching a wide variety of musical styles.