began studying the guitar at the age of 13 mostly playing rock and blues styles. He was also involved with the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir at Lancaster High School winning the highest award at state level competitions. Eventually Mr. Priset became interested in the classical guitar and was accepted into the music program at the State University of New York at Fredonia
under the direction of James Piorkowski
. During his tenure at Fredonia (1999-2004) Mr. Priset served on the Fredonia Classical Guitar Society
, once serving as president, and played and toured for two years in the Fredonia Guitar Quartet,
the premiere guitar ensemble at the time. Mr. Priset also won second prize in Fredonia’s First Annual Guitar Competition
For the past five years Mr. Priset has also been performing regularly on the theorbo, a lute used in the 17th and 18th centuries. He currently studies early guitars and theorbo with Pat O’Brien in NYC. Mr. Priset has played theorbo and baroque guitar for the Stony Brook Baroque Players (the resident baroque ensemble led by the harpsichordist Arthur Haas) and served as Prof. Haas teaching assistant for a year at Stony Brook. The Baroque Players perform around the New York City and Long Island region. In 2007 the group was invited by Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival as part of a scholarship prize.