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Dr. Richard Spece
Affiliate Artist, Clarinet


B. Mus. Portland State University (1989)
M. Mus. University of Washington (1993)
D. Mus. Indiana University (2005)


Richard Spece is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. Spece has performed in a variety of esteemed venues around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Embassy of France in Washington DC, the Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Benaroya Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall among others. He has performed in numerous chamber music series including the Smithsonian Hirshorn Museum Recital Series, the Music in the Mansion Series at the Strathmore, the Alexander Paley Festival, the Music on the Mountain Series, the Mozart Society of California Chamber Music Series, the Instituto de la Cultura Festival de Primavera, the Cascade Music Festival, Capital Hill Chamber Music Festival, and the Summer Festival of Sacred Music in New York City.

As an historical clarinetist, Spece has performed with such ensembles as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Ama Deus Ensemble, California Bach Society, Magnificat, Classical Consort, Concert Spirituel, and Opera Lafayette. He is also a founding member of Circa 1800, Chamber Winds. Mr. Spece received critical acclaim for his recording, Vintage Woodwinds, on Crystal Records which has received outstanding reviews from the BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Peninsula Reviews, The Seattle Times, The Instrumentalist, Classics Today, The Clarinet, De Klarinet, and L’ovabese. Other recording projects include two CDs with the Westwood Wind Quintet to be released in 2008 on Crystal Records.

Richard Spece’s extensive performance experience has included founding the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Saeculum Aureum Players, world premieres of multiple pieces including BlingBling for clarinet and piano (composed for the artist by Scott McAllister ), and multiple recording projects including two CDs with the Westwood Wind Quintet to be released in 2008 on Crystal Records.
Spece graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Music degree studying with Dr. Thomas (Stan) Stanford. From there he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, in Detmold, Germany. He earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Washington while studying with Professor William McColl, and his Doctor of Music degree at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he worked with Professor James Campbell, Mr. Alfred Prinz, and Professor Howard Klug.

Richard Spece has served as a professor at universities in Oregon, Washington, Indiana, and Texas. He has also taught in a variety of capacities as private instructor and coach throughout the U.S. In addition, he has given numerous master classes across the country, at a variety of universities and music schools.

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