James Reyelt

James Reyelt

Instructor of Music
Guitar, Guitar Ensemble


  • Bachelor of Music - Classical Guitar Performance
    Florida Atlantic University

  • Master of Music - Classical Guitar Performance
    Florida Atlantic University

  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Classical Guitar Performance (in-progress)
    University of Southern Mississippi


Jim Reyelt serves as Instructor of Guitar at the University of South Alabama, a position he has held since 2019. He is a classical guitarist and full-time graduate teaching assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his undergraduate studies at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, under the instruction of Dr. Troy Gifford. He completed his both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in classical guitar performance at Florida Atlantic University, studying with Dr. Ken Keaton. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Southern Mississippi under the instruction of Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo.  

During the fall of 2016, Jim began conducting research on various classical guitar chamber ensembles including instruments such as: clarinet, oboe, flute, violin, voice, piano, and cello, hoping to discover new music and to record and perform these works. He is currently developing a curriculum for a classical guitar chamber music literature course, which will cover the music of guitar duo, trio, quartet, and focus heavily on his recent findings.

Since beginning his studies, Jim has won multiple classical guitar competitions and scholarships including first prize in the FCSAA convention and competition in 2014, first prize in the 2017 FAU Concerto Competition, was the recipient of both the Doris Paisley Memorial Musical Scholarship in 2013 and the National Society of Arts and Letters Scholarship in 2015, and was awarded a full-time graduate teaching assistantship at Florida Atlantic University from 2016-2018.

Jim has also participated in master classes with world-renowned guitarists such as Andrew York, Adam Holzman, Daniel Bolshoy, Xavier Jara, Andrew Zohn, Adam Levin, Johannes Möller, Laura Fraticelli, Ed Stephenson, and Giorgio Mirto. He currently teaches guitar lessons out of his home and via Skype in Hattiesburg, Mississippi