Joshua Newburger
Long Beach, CA
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Joshua Newburger

Joshua N.

Long Beach, CA
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Intermediate, Advanced
I believe fundementally that each student has a unique learning style and benefits from a tailored approach. I do not subscribe to a particular regimented program of study, rather I select the repertoire and etudes to match each student's needs. I believe in choosing both concert music and etudes to challenge individual deficits and work on skills that will apply broadly across the repertoire.

I have a background in both violin and viola and believe that many of the skills which are taught to young violinists are not addressed early enough with young violists. It is my goal to make sure that young violists develop strong technical facility that enables them to develop into mature musicians with ease.

About Joshua N.

I am a professional orchestral violist and recording artist based in Long Beach, California. For the past two seasons I have primarily served as the assistant principal violist of the Pacific Symphony, while enjoying a flourishing freelance career in California and abroad.

I have been fortunate to travel the world extensively over the last five years performing with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony Orchestra in many of the world's greatest concert halls across more than 20 countries. Over the last few seasons I have also subbed occasionally with the LA Phil, San Diego Symphony, and Colorado Symphony.

I have also had the immense pleasure of recording on a number of television and feature film soundtracks including the most recent Star Wars film, Mulan, Lego Movie 2, Rampage, Creed 2, IT Chapter 2, The Mandalorian, American Dad, and several other major films which will be released in the coming months and years.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master's in viola from the Yale School of Music. While at Yale, my string quartet was the recipient of numerous prizes for chamber music, and was selected by the Dean of the School of Music to represent Yale in London, England, and Brevard, North Carolina on separate occasions.

In my youth I was also an avid jazz musician, a member of the renowned indie-pop ensemble "Mother Falcon", and a frequent guest performer with multi-instrumentalist and World Music phenom, Oliver Rajamani. I believe that my diverse musical background taught me that flexibility and personality are every bit as important as technical expertise and musical creativity.

I have experience teaching at all levels, from beginner string students through the El Sistema USA program in Boston, MA, to intermediate private violin and viola students, to a small studio at Long Beach City College where I am currently the violin and viola teacher, and even professional or pre-professional musicians who come to me on occasion for audition coaching.

Most importantly, I do not believe there will ever come a moment when I am done learning, and I take frequent lessons with my mentors and friends in some of the major American orchestras and string quartets. I can't wait to share their insight alongside my own.

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Master's of Viola
Sep 2015 - May 2017

Yale School of Music

Bachelor's of Violin
Sep 2012 - May 2015

New England Conservatory of Music

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