The American baritone, David Newman, obtaned his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College (1986-1990), and his Master of Musis degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Rider University (1990-1993). He studied composition with Ronald Arnatt and Stefan Young.
David Newman enjoys an active and varied concert career throughout North America and Europe. Hailed as “electrifying” by the Washington Post and noted by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “eloquent, emotional singing,” he is in particular demand as a Baroque specialist. He has performed Messiah with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and with Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall; St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, Chorale Delaware, and the Bach Chamber Orchestra of Honolulu; and St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Baroque Choral Guild, San Francisco Bach Choir, and a national tour with the combined forces of Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.
In his debut with the Washington Bach Consort, David Newman was noted by the Baltimore Sun for his “exquisitely phrased, velvet-toned Mache dich, mein Herz.” Other notable appearances include J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Coffee Cantata (BWV 211), Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Santa Fe Bach Festival, and Haydn’s Creation with The Honolulu Symphony. He was also a featured soloist in the Sorbonne’s 2003 Festival Berlioz in Paris with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.
David Newman has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the Four Nations Ensemble, including performances in Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, and has also performed with the Spoleto Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Birmingham, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Orchestra. His recording of Alexander’s Feast with The Bach Sinfonia was recently released on the Dorian label.
David Newman taught voice at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) from September 1998 to June 2005, during which he was music director for H.M.S. Pinafore, stage and music director for Dido and Aeneas. From January to December 2006, he was voice teacher at the University of Virginia. Since May 2006, he teaches voice at James Madison University (JMU). He is also Manager of Art Song Central. He currently lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.