Raised in the small town of Hillsboro, Texas, Nathaniel Earhart first experienced music hands on at age 5, through classical piano lesson. After six years he quit his formal piano training to pursue the guitar. Nathaniel was self-taught in popular music for the next seven years until he was introduced to classical guitar, by former Hill College instructor, Stacy Arnold. In the summer of 2008, less than a year later, he began his studies with world class performer and teacher, Robert Guthrie. That fall he transferred from the local community college to Southern Methodist University, where he spent the next two and a half years studying both music and guitar intensively in the Meadows School of the Arts. Nathaniel graduated in December 2010 from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar performance, and in May 2013 also from SMU with a Masters of Music in Guitar performance, on a full tuition artistic scholarship. Earhart is currently working on a Performers Diploma from SMU also on a full tuition scholarship.
He has had the opportunity to have masterclasses and private lessons with many of today’s preeminent guitarists including Christopher McGuire, William Kanenguiser, Jason Vieaux, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Scott Tennent, Xuefei Yang, Juan Carlos Laguna, Dr. Richard Todd, and Jeffery McFadden. He also had the privilege of studying early music with Dr. Larry Palmer, one of today’s leading performers on harpsichord and organ.
He currently teaches classical guitar as an adjunct professor at Collin College, Hill College (Hillsboro, Cleburne campuses), Northlake College in Irving, Zhen Music and Art Institute, and frequently performs throughout North Texas. Nathaniel also taught class guitar and private lessons at Southern Methodist University, and teaches privately in the DFW area. Prizes he has won include first prize in the duet division in the professional/college category of the 11th UT Brownsville guitar competition, won the 2013 Dallas Allegro Guitar Society’s open audition/competition. In July 2013 Nathaniel was a top finalist in the Taxco, Mexico International Guitar Competition.