About Me

Biography
Amber Newton is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music earning her degree as a dual major in Vocal Performance and Music Business/Management in August 2009. Some of her vocal influences include: Fiona Apple, Aretha Franklin, Martin Sexton, and Stevie Wonder. She has had a great deal of experience in performance ranging from a performance at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA at the age of 11 to performing with a ten piece band for her recent senior recital at Berklee. Amber has also completed two internships: one at Powderfinger Promotions (www.powderfingerpromo.com) where she focused on college radio promotion and one at Berklee’s student run record label Heavy Rotation Records (www.myspace.com/heavyrotationrecords) where she was the Director of Marketing.

Volunteer Work

  • Smith Leadership Academy
    During the Spring of 2009 Amber volunteered ten hours a week at Smith Leadership Academy (www.smithleadership.org/index.html), a charter school in Dorchester, MA. At SLA Amber taught elementary school students Zimbabwean music and helped them with arts and crafts projects for an AIDS benefit in March 2009. Amber spent time with the kids afterschool a few times per week and acted both as a teacher and mentor to all of her students. At the end of her time at SLA the students that Amber worked with performed the Zimbabwean songs that they had learned at a benefit that the charter school hosted.
  • SMAA- Student Musicians Against AIDS at Berklee
    Amber was involved with SMAA from the Fall of 2006 through the Spring of 2008. SMAA was a student run organization that organized benefits for both local AIDS shelters and an Orphanage in Swaziland, Africa.
    Here’s a list of past events we’ve sponsored:
  • 1st Annual “Drag-Out the Holidays” AIDS Dance Party,
    December 2006, All Asia Cafe, Cambridge, MA.
    Proceeds benefitted Victory House, Boston.
    -Raised $800.
  • “SMAAck! Against AIDS” A Night of Art, Fashion, & Fundraising."
    Our first ever fashion show benefit. May 2007, OTHERside Cafe, Boston. Benefitted ABC Orphanage, Swaziland & LifeLovers, Ghana. -Raised $1,600.
  • 2nd Annual AIDS Benefit Concert
    May 2007, Bill’s Bar, Boston, MA.
    Benefitted ABC Orphanage, Swaziland & LifeLovers, Ghana.
    -Raised $250.
  • 2nd Annual “Drag-Out the Holidays” AIDS Dance Party
    December 2007, Brookline, MA.
    Benefitted Victory House, Boston.
    -Raised $600.
  • The Community Mentoring Program
    The Community Mentoring Program connects Berklee students with members of the college’s Board of Trustees on both a business and personal level. The first meeting was held at Berklee College of Music’s President, Roger Brown’s, house and allowed all of the members of the program, both students and mentors, to connect with one another. This group has provided a way to make connections with important members of the Berklee community. Through the mentoring program Amber was given the opportunity to work with the Smith Leadership Academy.
  • FYSAP: First Year Student Advising Program: Peer Advisor
    Amber worked as a Peer Advisor at Berklee from the Fall of 2007 through the Spring of 2009. She was in charge of a group of 10-20 incoming freshman students as they made their way through their first semester at Berklee. While coordinating with a faculty advisor, Amber setup meetings and social events with her advisees and made sure their transition from high school or another college went as smoothly as possible.

Performing Experience

  • Daisy’s Little Secret
    Amber performed with Daisy’s Little Secret (www.myspace.com/daisyslittlesecret), a boston based southern rock band, from May 2007-Sept 2008. She began singing background vocals for the band but as time went on she shared the stage as one of the lead vocalists. During her experience with the band she had the opportunity to perform at a wide range of venues throughout the Northeast from The Cask’n Flagon in Boston, MA. to The Big Easy in Portland, ME.
  • The Amber Newton Band
    For three summers Amber had the opportunity to organize and perform with a trio at The Paddock Restaurant on Cape Cod. They played about fifty songs each night, for four hours, one night per week. She organized rehearsals, compiled set lists and sheet music, and acted as a band manager for all three years. This experience helped greatly with leadership skills, organizational skills, and was a great performance opportunity.

Teaching Experience

  • Mode 4 Music Studios
    For two summers Amber taught professional voice and beginning piano lessons at Mode 4 Music Studios (www.mode4music.com). Her students ranged from ages 6-16 and she helped them develop skills in harmony, ear training, practice routines, and performance. Each week she met with students and guided them through an individualized 30 or 60 minutes lesson. She was able to develop each students voice in a way that both benefitted their vocal health but also stimulated and interested them in a creative musical way.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Part Time House Manager at the BPC for Berklee College of Music
    December 2011 to Present (about 6 years)
  • Lead Female Vocalist for Men in Black
    February 2011 to Present (over 6 years)
  • Voice & Piano Instructor for Bosse School of Music
    December 2009 to Present (about 8 years)

Past

  • Assistant Events Coordinator for Berklee Performance Center
    October 2008 to August 2009 (10 months)

    Assist in the organization of Berklee's High School Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Commencement Ceremony, and other major events. Organize production schedules, event schedules, and manage and update the festival's database of staff, attendees, and vendors.

Education

  • BM in Vocal Performance, Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music
    2005 to 2009 (4 years)