James Barrs began studying guitar at the St. Louis Academy of Guitar in 2009, under the tutelage of renowned guitarists Alyssa Catlin and Kirk Hanser. During his nine years at the St. Louis Academy of Guitar, James also performed with the award winning St. Louis Bella Corda guitar ensemble. In 2018, he was awarded the MLC guitar grant, which recognizes outstanding young guitarists. Today, James is in his third year of study at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, focusing on classical guitar performance and sound production at the Bienen School of Music. James currently studies under the direction of classical guitarist Anne Waller and jazz guitarist Frank Rumoro. James enjoys writing and recording solo music as well as producing music for others. While he loves to study and play the classical style, he is enthusiastic about playing many guitar styles and enjoys all types of music.