Visiting Professor of Music
Spencer Martin currently serves as Professor of Music at Luther College, where he conducts the Luther College Philharmonia, teaches conducting, and viola. He has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Europe as both conductor and violist.
Spencer is joining the Valparaiso University faculty while on sabbatical leave from Luther
College during the 2019-20 school year. While at Valparaiso University, he will conduct the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra, teach Conducting, String Methods, and coach chamber music.
An active performer, Spencer performs regularly in the Luther College Piano Quartet and plays with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. He has appeared as guest violist with the Harrington and Pro Arte String Quartets as well as the Amelia Piano Trio. His solo performances include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra in venues in Austria, including Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
Spencer has served as Principal Violist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and also frequently performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Spencer’s solo, chamber, and orchestral performances have been featured in numerous radio broadcasts including National Public Radio, CBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Kansas Public Radio.
Spencer’s CD, Gems Rediscovered, was released to critical praise on the Delos label, and features lesser-known works for viola and piano by Ernest Walker, Paul Juon, Robert Fuchs, and Benjamin Dale. Spencer can also be heard on the Innova label on the disc Waves of Stone, Music by Brooke Joyce.
Spencer serves as director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice, and composition in Duino, Italy. A former member of the music faculty at the University of Alabama, Spencer holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University, and the University of Minnesota.