RAAC appoints new Music Director

Orch-directorThe Rockford Area Arts Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A Spenner as the new Music Director and Conductor of the Rockford Community Orchestra.

Conductor Spenner has been praised for his “sensitive and insightful musicianship”, “impeccable” score preparation, and “innate knowledge of what musicians need from the podium.” Musicians have lauded his clarity of technique and efficient rehearsals, and audiences applaud his “infectious” passion for music both on and off the podium.

He is the Founder and Music Director of the Bay Area Summer Music Festival in his hometown of Essexville, Michigan. He is also the conductor of the Borgess Hospital Resounding Spirit Choir, Westwood Christian Reformed Church Choir of Kalamazoo, and 1st Presbyterian Church of Allegan Choir.

Spenner is currently the Orchestral Graduate Assistant Conductor at Western Michigan University where he is pursuing his Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Bruce Uchimura.  He has also conducted ensembles such as members of the Cincinnati Symphony, the Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), Sinfonia da Camera (IL), Prairie Fire Theater Opera Company (IL), the Illinois Wind Symphony, University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphonic Band I, University of Illinois Opera Studio, and Centre College (KY) Orchestra.

An alumnus of the University of Illinois, Spenner studied trumpet performance with Ronald Romm, Jake Walburn, and the late Michael “Doc” Ewald. His study of conducting has taken him to conferences, workshops, and auditions worldwide where he has worked with teachers such as Kenneth Kiesler, Timothy Mahr, and Timothy Reynish.

The Rockford Community Orchestra rehearses Monday evenings from 7-9 at the North Rockford Middle School. The Orchestra is open to all without try-outs. We are always happy to welcome string players as well as symphonic wind and brass players.

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