David currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He authored and teaches an online course for Berkleemusic.com called Fundamentals of Classical Guitar. 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 through out New England. He has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein, 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. David is the author of the book, Making Money Teaching Music, published by Writer's Digest Books, and is featured on the Instructional DVD, Accelerate your Classical Guitar Playing, on Ritter Music Inc.
David's repertoire includes the works of important American composers like Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Richard Rogers and Cole Porter. He also explores the rich history of Latin American guitar, including works by Leo Brouwer, Garoto, Astor Piazzolla, H. Villa-Lobos, and the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa. David combines his extensive knowledge of American jazz music and improvisation with the compelling rhythms of Latin America. Taking inspiration from the innovative Laurindo Almeida, Gene Bertoncini, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, David uses guitar to create unforgettable interpretations of North and South American influence.
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