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August Watters with David Newsam
St. John's Coffeehouse Concerts
Arlington, MA
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August Watters with David Newsam
AUGUST WATTERS is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, and teacher in the Boston area. He has performed with some of the leading figures in today's revival of this most elegant instrument, and the advancement of its musical traditions. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire.

Current Activities:
Associate Professor of Ear Training, Berklee College of Music

Current Classes: ear training and ensembles

Former classes: string labs, private mandolin lessons, harmony, composition Founder, New England Mandolin Ensemble, Cape Cod Mandolin Camp, Boston Mandolins, Berklee New Acoustic Music Ensemble

Performances with: Carlo Aonzo, Marilynn Mair, Don Stiernberg, Matt Flinner, Steve Kaufman, Bill Keith, Butch Baldassari, Rodney Miller, Radim Zenkl, the Orchestra dell' Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino, and the Orchester NorthRhine Westfalia.

Major Festival Appearances:
Pittsburg Mandolin Orchestra Festival, Cape Cod Mandolin Camp, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (USA), European World of Bluegrass (Czech Republic) Country Palba (Czech Republic) National Thumbpicking Festival (Kentucky, USA) J.D. Crowe Bluegrass Festival (Kentucky, USA)

Presentations to:
Scuola Gershwin, (Padua, Italy)
Classical Mandolin Society of America (Montreal, Canada)
International Association of Jazz Educators (Los Angeles, USA)
Monadnock Summer Lyceum (New Hampshire, USA)
American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School (Rhode Island, USA)
Cape Cod Mandolin Camp (Massachusetts, USA)
Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp (Tennessee, USA)
Fiddleheads Camp (New Hampshire, USA)
Banjo Camp North (Massachusetts, USA)

Masters of Music Education, Boston University

DAVID NEWSAM grew up in Connecticut where he was a student of Robert Shaw. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with Jim Kelly, Larry Baione and William Leavitt. David also completed his studies in the Modern American Music program at Longy School of Music where he studied with Thom Noren and Charlie Banacos.

David currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He is also employed as a senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where he teaches guitar and jazz improvisation. David created the jazz guitar program at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches, directs the UNH Jazz Guitar Ensemble and coaches jazz ensembles.

David performs solo and group engagements throughout New England. He has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, pianists Dave McKenna and James Williams, drummers Ed Shaugnessy, Louis Bellson, Bob Moses and Alan Dawson, and jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson. He has extensive theater experience including performances with Jack Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Dianne Carroll, The Fifth Dimension, The Shirrelles, and Carol Channing. Recent concert appearances include performances at Berklee College of Music, Longy School of Music, Dartmouth and St. Anselm Colleges, The House of Blues and the Boston Hatch Shell. David is the author of the book, Making Money Teaching Music, published by Writer's Digest Books. He has produced the instructional DVD Accelerate Your Classical Guitar Playing, for Rittor Music in Japan, and authored the course, Fundamentals of Classsical Guitar, for Berklee Online. David is a member of the Back Bay Guitar Trio.


St. John's Coffeehouse Concerts (View)
74 Pleasant Street
Arlington, MA 02476
United States


Music > Classical
Music > Indie

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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