Don Hlus was appointed Chair to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Music Department in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Michael Strutt. He has also performed in master classes for Elliot Fisk, Mark Teicholtz, William Kanengiser, Scott Tenant, Benjamin Verdery, Paul O’Dette, and Stephen Robinson. Post-graduate studies were with the Canadian guitarist Harold Micay. He also studied jazz composition & arranging and guitar performance at Capilano College. In 2003 he completed his Masters Degree in Higher Education (UBC). His research examined how different educational beliefs and values affect the design, development, and implementation of curriculum.
Don has held a teaching position at KPU since the music program’s inception in 1993. He is also Founder, Coordinator, and Artistic Director of the Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Canada. In addition to his duties at KPU, he teaches privately in Fort Langley, and is member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association (South Fraser). Don has been active in the Vancouver region as soloist and chamber musician.