Robert McNamara has been a teacher and performer for the last 25 years. His main instruments are the guitar, the lute, and the mandolin. He is currently a member of the music faculties of Monterey Peninsula College and Santa Catalina School in Monterey, and also tutors at the Robert Louis Stevenson Upper School in Pebble Beach. He has played numerous venues locally, including the Bay Club at the Inn at Spanish Bay, The Covey at Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, and many others. He is also a favorite at the La Mirada Sunday Concert Series, The Monterey Museum of Art Thursday evening series, Monterey's Christmas in the Adobes, and First Night Monterey. Robert has also written and published several books on the guitar and lute. He also participates in a “Cultural Ambassador” program with the U.S. State Dept., and has taught and performed in Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, and Colombia S.A. He was the first American musician to play in Libya in over 25 years, performing on the guitar and 5–string banjo at the annual Ghadames International Folk Festival in November 2005.

Robert specializes in Weddings and Corporate Events.


Robert has played literally hundreds of weddings, corporate receptions, and other special events. He specializes in solo fingerstyle guitar, a style which enables him to play anything from classical to jazz to pop. He uses a nylon–string acoustic guitar which projects a very warm, intimate tone. He also uses a portable state –of –the –art amplification system (when appropriate), which enables the guitar to still be heard and appreciated, but not overpowering.


Some of the Venues he has played include:

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Chaminade, Santa Cruz Doubletree Monterey
Ventana Inn, Big Sur Seascape, Santa Cruz La Playa Hotel, Carmel
Nepenthe, Big Sur La Mirada, Monterey Sardine Factory, Monterey
The Lodge at Pebble Beach Christmas in the Adobes, Monterey Chateau Julienne, Carmel Valley
Beach & Tennis Club at Pebble Beach Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley
Inn at Spanish Bay Carmel Valley Ranch Mission Ranch, Carmel
Hyatt Regency Monterey Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley Marriot Monterey
Highlands Inn, Carmel Stonepine, Carmel Valley Scheid Vineyards

Some of the Corporate Clients he has played for include:

AT&T Alta Bates Medical Center Colgate Visa Mastercard
US Open Smith Barney 3M Pharmaceuticals Gillette Bristol Meyers
Acuson Owens Corning Wayerhauser GMC Merril Lynch
Ford Motor Co. State Farm Insurance Intel Corp. Oracle Lehman Bros.
Toyota Blue Cross Chase Manhattan Sprint BASF Corp.
Ben Hogan CA Chrysler/Plymouth Mitsubishi ABC Seagrams
Macy’s Dr. Pepper Monterey Bay Aquarium G.E. Capital Hormel

Hear some samples of Robert’s playing in mp3 format.

Santa Cruz

Little Martha

Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Someone To Watch Over Me


Here, There, & Everywhere

Wedding Music



Canon in D


Bridal Chorus


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring


Booking Info:


Phone & Fax: (831) 646-0528

Mailing Address: 546 Hartnell St. Ste. H, Monterey CA 93940

Robert McNamara

Guitar, Lute, & Mandolin