Marcia Spence to Retire

Dr. Marcia Spence

After 24 years at Mizzou, Horn Professor Marcia Spence has decided to retire. During her career she performed in 18 foreign countries, presented recitals at 62 colleges and universities, and played with the St. Louis Wind Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Waco Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Denton Bach Society Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Lyric Opera, and the Missouri Symphony.

Highlights of her solo career include performances at the 40th, 41st, and 44th conventions of the International Horn Society and numerous performances at Midwest Horn Workshops, Mid-South Horn Workshops, Southeast Horn Workshops, the Western Horn Workshop, the Illinois Horn Festival, the Greater Oklahoma Horn Festival, the Barry Tuckwell Institute, and the New York Brass Conference.  She also won second prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference solo competition twice.

As a member of the Missouri Quintet, she performed tours in China, Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. The group also performed in 51 schools and recorded two CDs.

As a member of the Mizzou Brass, she performed at the 65th and 71st conferences of the Missouri Music Educators Association and performed five concerts in Russia. Additionally, the group performed in 97 schools.

Under her direction, the Mizzou Horn Choir performed at the 41st and 44th conventions of the International Horn Society and at the 63rd conference of the Missouri Music Educators Association.

She served as the manager and editor of the International Horn Society Manuscript Press from 2001-2008 and was also the primary engraver for award-winning composers Simon Sargon, Daniel Crozier, and Ruth Fazal.

Her students routinely distinguished themselves in solo performance competitions sponsored by the Missouri Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.  Additionally, several of her students were accepted into prestigious graduate programs at the New England Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Hartt Conservatory, Indiana University, and the University of North Texas.

When asked about her feelings upon retirement, she replied, “while I’m disappointed I won’t be around to enjoy the new music building, it made me realize that facilities are not the true ‘brick and mortar’ of a music school – its people are.  I’ve had the privilege of working and performing with fantastic colleagues whom I will miss greatly.  But it really comes down to the students.  Teaching and mentoring them has been an honor and I will miss them the most.”

There are three more opportunities to hear Dr. Spence perform:

Mizzou Brass on Sunday, April 7th, at 3:00 p.m.
Mizzou Horn Choir on Sunday, April 14th, at 12:30 p.m.
Missouri Quintet on Monday, April 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. 

All events take place in Whitmore Recital Hall.

Congratulations on a fantastic career Dr. Spence.  We will miss you and wish you the best in your retirement!