Multiple Grammy Award Winner John Newton ’71: Bringing Music to Our Ears, Beautifully
A great deal happens between a live musical performance and the moment we hit “play” to listen to a recording of it later. Since his days as a Stevens student, John Newton ’71 has been ensuring that classical music reaches our ears in the most refined and beautiful ways possible.
While still a student, Newton became a staff technician for the famed Dolby Labs and began working at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. Within a year of graduation, he had founded Soundmirror, now a premier recording company for orchestras, choral groups, opera companies, solo artists and entire record labels. It has produced definitive recordings of notable artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, André Previn, Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Jessye Norman, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, earning more than 100 Grammy nominations to date.
Newton himself has also been nominated 19 times and won nine awards in the categories of Best Engineered Classical Album, Best Choral Performance and Best Orchestral Performance categories. He also won an Emmy for his work with the Utah Symphony.
Newton also worked for Soundstream, the company that developed the first digital tape recorder capable of recording music with great fidelity. There he made digital recordings for many international record labels around the world, helping usher in the compact disc and the modern era of digital music.
Newton is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2018, he received the Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award – Arts and Humanities at the Fifth Stevens Awards Gala in New York City.