David Allen Coester

Guitar Played with 10 fingers


David Allen Coester

A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, David Allen Coester began playing the guitar when he was a teenager and soon thereafter became a member of a high-school rock-and-roll band. Later, when introduced to classical guitar he completely altered his musical direction, and he now specializes in classical music. Mr. Coester earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Since then he has continued music studies with the well-known organist-pedagogue Walter Hilse, emphasizing 17th- and 18th-century counterpoint. Currently living in Ithaca, New York he recently was a member of the music faculty of the Crestwood Music Education Center in Westchester County. He was invited to give master classes and perform recitals at the Nayhehol International Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Coester's playing has always covered a wide range of musical interests, but these days he is especially committed to 20th-century repertoire and to the music of J. S. Bach. Some of his recent public appearances include recitals at the Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia New York, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C., the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, Italy, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea. David currently teaches private guitar lessons at his Fall Creek Guitar Studio in Ithaca, New York. If you have any questions please use the e-mail contact below As of January of 2012 David, his wife, small dog Barley Fezziwig and Not as small dog Monti Vitorio keep house in Ithaca, NY. Available for Concerts, weddings, corporate events and parties. Various combinations of guitar with other are sometimes available. (Flute and guitar, Violin, cello and guitar and others)


Vineyard Wedding

"David's playing was a great addition to our ceremony. The acoustic guitar was a perfect fit for our outdoor winery wedding, and we received many compliments from our friends and family on the music. He was willing to learn a new song for the bridal party to walk down to, which I really appreciated. David provided a wireless microphone for our officiant and a mic stand for our readers, both battery-powered so we didn't have to worry about extension cords. Also, when my sister stood at the mic to do a reading, she realized she had nowhere to set her bouquet down, so David held it for her. My overall impression of him was very positive - he was friendly when we went over last-minute details, professional and attentive during the ceremony, and very easy to work with. I would highly recommend him." Lindsay 9/13/2014

Cornell Sage Chapel Wedding

David was an excellent ceremony musician. He was able to put together a classical acoustic version of the Theme from Top Gun for the groomsman processional. This was a special request, and a bit off-the-wall, at that. It was epic, yet tasteful for the chapel wedding. He also accompanied a singer for a hymn, last minute, with only 30 minutes before the ceremony to practice, and it was flawless. He has a great variety of music, and knows how to play in a wedding situation. I am thrilled with the outcome. Wedding: 1+ year ago Services Used: Ceremony Music Reviewed On: 10/17/2013