DMA, University of North Texas
Marcia Spence’s musical career as both hornist and conductor has spanned three continents, taking her throughout the United States, Eurasia, and South America, including performances in sixteen foreign countries, two territories, and thirty-eight states. A native of Pueblo, Colorado, Ms. Spence received her earliest musical training in piano, viola, oboe, harp, and composition before settling on horn performance in college. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, she enlisted as a military bandsman and served with the First and Sixth United States Army Bands. She later won a position with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Her military career culminated with her competitive selection as the Commander and Conductor of the 531st Air Force Band in Dallas, Texas. Under her leadership, her band toured and performed throughout the state of Texas and overseas in the countries of Bolivia and Greece.
Her graduate credentials include a Master of Business Administration degree from The American University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. She also performed in masterclasses for Barry Tuckwell, Michael Thompson, David Krehbiel, David Ohanian, Rick Seraphinoff, and Lowell Greer.
Ms. Spence has performed with the McLean Orchestra, the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra, the Denton Bach Society Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the St. Louis Wind Symphony, the St. Louis Holiday Brass, the Cathedral Brass Choir, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Missouri Brass Consortium, the Jefferson City Symphony, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra. Additionally, she has appeared frequently as a guest artist at the Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-South regional horn workshops, as well as the Western U.S. Horn Symposium and the Greater Oklahoma Horn Workshop. In 2008, 2009, and 2012 she performed as a soloist at international symposiums hosted by the International Horn Society.
Prof. Spence joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995 where her duties have involved teaching applied horn lessons, teaching aural skills, teaching horn methods, conducting the Mizzou Horn Choir, coaching student ensembles, coordinating the brass and percussion area, and performing with the Faculty Brass Quintet (including a tour of Russia) and the Missouri Quintet (including a tour of China and with whom she has recorded two CDs.)
High school students representing her private studio have routinely been selected for Missouri All-State ensembles, with several of them achieving principal horn status in the All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. College students studying with her have won competitions at the international, national, regional, state, and campus levels. Several of her students have continued on to pursue graduate degrees at prestigious institutions including the New England Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of North Texas, and the University of Houston. Professor Spence's outstanding efforts as a teacher have been recognized by the MU College of Arts and Science with the Purple Chalk Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000 and a College of Arts & Science Faculty Fellowship Award in 2014.
In addition to her busy schedule as a teacher, soloist, recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Spence has distinguished herself as a music editor and engraver leading to collaborations with award-winning composers including Simon Sargon, Daniel Crozier, and Ruth Fazal, as well as the Fox Broadcasting Network, CinemaTek Filmscores, Southern Music Company, Manduca Press, Emerson Horn Editions, the International Horn Society Manuscript Press, and Interactive Video Audition Systems International (IVASI®).