Rebecca Spence recently moved to Colorado from New York City. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mannes College of Music and a Master’s in Music from Manhattan School of Music. In June, 2017, Rebecca completed the highly selective Lincoln Center Scholars Music Education program and graduated with a Masters of the Arts in Music Education from Hunter College. As a part of the Lincoln Center Scholars program Rebecca developed a music department and curriculum at the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School, teaching piano, guitar, drumming, chorus, and voice.
In the spring of 2017 her seventh grade choral students completed a performance workshop with actors from the Broadway production of Aladdin and presented a concert at Lincoln Center as part of the Young Music Makers Concert Series. Rebecca also participated in the year long Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop and studied conducting, teaching, and performing techniques with fellow New York City educators and guest artists including Martina Arroyo and Dr. Ronnie Oliver.
An accomplished operatic soprano, Rebecca has sung in numerous recitals throughout Austria and Italy, and won the Bürgermeister Stingl award at the AIMS Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. Favorite roles include Woglinde in Das Rheingold with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre and Ado Annie in Oklahoma with Ohio Light Opera. Other roles performed include Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaela in Carmen, Seour Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, and the Fourth Maid in Elektra. Rebecca has performed with Ohio Light Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest, The Natchez Music Festival, The Liederkranz Opera Theatre, The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that all music classes should be based around the idea of student creation. If students do not feel involved and invested in the creative process than they do not feel the need to practice and grow. The bulk of my expertise is in classical vocal production, particularly opera and German Lieder. However, I believe that students should be exposed to a much broader range of music, not just classical or pop. Therefore, I encourage students to study a wide variety of repertoire, from opera to John Legend, while maintaining healthy technique, breathing, and musicality. Finally, I firmly believe that it is imperative to instill physical awareness and well being in my students. A musician's body is their instrument and students must be taught how to properly care for it. Posture and support are the two most commonly talked about subjects in any music studio, however, students are rarely taught how to build the muscles that provide that support. My teaching incorporates a holistic and full body approach to building the muscles and habits needed to have a fully integrated instrument.
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