Location: Maryland, USA
Dr. William Spencer has been Music Director of the Harford Choral Society in Bel Air, Maryland, since January 2013, where he has led performances of music by Bach, Haydn, Purcell, Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, and Rutter, among many others.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, he attended Northwestern University and Boston University, where he took bachelor's and master's degrees in music. As part of his master’s degree he conducted various choral and instrumental ensembles within the Boston University Collegium Musicum, and eventually moved to Baltimore to pursue a doctoral degree in conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory.
While at Peabody he conducted the Baltimore premiere of the Symphony No. 14 by Dmitri Shostakovich as well as several Renaissance choral works among other widely-divergent scores. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival, studying conducting with Paul Vermel for two seasons, and attended the 1990 choral-orchestral conducting workshop at Dartmouth College where he worked with Thomas Dunn, Jan Harrington, and Melinda O’Neal.
Dr. Spencer served as Music Director of the Continuum Chamber Singers in Washington, D.C. for three years, and as Assistant Conductor of the Frederick Symphony for the 2009-2012 seasons. He also pursued his interest in broadcasting with seven years on the staff of Baltimore's NPR affiliate, where he served in a wide variety of on-air and behind-the-scenes roles.