Based in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Luke Spence enjoys a career performing and teaching throughout the DMV metropolitan area. He is a newly appointed faculty member at both Frostburg State University and Frederick Community College and serves as second trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra. As a freelance orchestral musician, he performs regularly with other groups including the Fairfax Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Washington Opera Society, and The New Orchestra of Washington. Outside of mainstream classical music, Spence has performed with Baltimore and Washington D.C. theatre companies, toured with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, played early music with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble and The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and performed new works by living composers with groups such as Stage Free and the District New Music Coalition. In recent years he has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, toured across the U.S., Europe, and China, and was a featured soloist with the Washington Sinfonietta. His solo debut album, Twentieth Century Art Songs: Translations for Cornet and Piano will soon be released by Tonsehen records in January 2022.
As an educator, Dr. Spence maintains a large private studio and regularly gives clinics and masterclasses at universities and other public institutions. In 2020 he initiated and served as director for a new Brass Ensemble and Repertoire course at the University of Maryland School of Music, which continues to thrive and grow. His acclaimed dissertation, Preserving the Narrative of 20th Century Art Song: A Guide for Instrumental Transcriptions of Vocal Music informs and elevates performance practice standards for brass players who wish to perform vocal music. Through the incorporation of subtitle translations along with deep research into the relationships between text and music, Dr. Spence offers a sonic landscape designed to bring listeners on a poetic journey without uttering a single word. His work, which has been recognized and celebrated in the field, can be heard here. He earned his DMA and MM at the University of Maryland where he studied with Chris Gekker and holds a BM with a minor in musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Roy Poper and was the recipient of the 2014 James Stamp Award. For more information on Dr. Spence please visit www.lukespencetrumpet.com.