Resume

 

EDUCATION

  • University of Maryland, College Park, Class of 2012. Master of Music in Performance, Cello.
  • Eastman School of Music, Class of 2009. Bachelor of Music in Applied Performance, Cello, and a Certificate in Arts Leadership.

 

RECENT PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

  • Supporting musician/guest performer with the Trans Siberian Orchestra (2013-2016), Johnny Mathis (2017), Cage the Elephant (2017), Disturbed (2016), Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith (2016), Michael Buble (2013), Donovan (2012), Jherek Bischoff (2012), Amanda Palmer (2012) and at the Abbey Road on the River Festival (2010-2012).
  • Cellist of Great Noise Ensemble, Washington, D.C.
  • Cellist of Rogue Collective, Washington, D.C. 
  • Featured performer at TEDxMidAtlantic, Washington, D.C. 
  • Guest performer at Ravinia summer concert series, Chicago, IL 
  • Guest performer at Rush Hour Concert Series, Chicago, IL 
  • Guest performer at XFest Improvisation and Electronics Festival, Lowell, MA 
  • Soloist with The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, Ewing, NJ
  • Soloist with the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Percussion Ensemble, Eau Claire, WI 
  • Soloist with the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, College Park, MD 
  • Soloist in the triple concerto, The Difference Engine, by Graham Reynolds, on the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 
  • Guest performer with Syrian recording artist Malek Jandali, Washington, D.C. 
  • Soloist in Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June with University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, College Park, MD 

 

STUDIO RECORDING PROJECTS

  • DCIC Christmas. DC Improvisers Collective, Mount Rainier, MD (Matis, 2016).
  • God Never Tires. Zack Stachowski & David Haas, Minneapolis, MN (GIA, 2016).
  • Phonic Wrinkle. Phonic Wrinkle, Arnold, MD (Phonic Wrinkle, 2016).
  • Exasperating Perpetuation. Jon Leupold + Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Boyce, VA (Sono Luminous, 2015).
  • “Life in Bloom.” M. Collins, Santa Monica, CA (Red Parade Music, 2015).
  • Bunkin’.” Chris Brown & Tyga, Los Angeles, CA (RCA Records, 2015).
  • Beautiful Resolve.” The Young Romans, Santa Monica, CA (Red Parade Music, 2014).
  • “Tr3.” DC Improvisers Collective, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2014).
  • Family Name.” Brad Carter, Santa Monica, CA (Red Parade Music, 2014).
  • A Million Voices.” Sonnet Cottage, Arlington, VA (Cue Studios, 2014).
  • Renaissance. Ryan Martinez, Takoma Park, MD (Martinez, 2014).
  • Burn the Boats. Jesse Thomas, Santa Monica, CA (Red Parade Music, 2013).
  • A Life Poured Out. Brian Taylor, Mt. Airy, MD (Acacia, 2013).
  • Falling Out of View (Soundtrack of Decoding Annie Parker, Radiant Films International)Jesse Thomas, Los Angeles, CA (Red Parade, 2013). 
  • Improv. DC Improvisors Collective, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2013).
  • Opening Night: A Roadkill Opera. Symphony Orchestra of Arlington, Kensington, MD (Blue House, 2013).
  • Akeboki. Jon Matis, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2013).
  • “Please Don’t Cry.” Dan Wolff, Alexandria, VA (DE Recording, 2013).
  • Brave New World. The Pocket Band, Germantown, MD (Ambience, 2013).
  • It’s Not Me.” Dan Wolff, Germantown, MD (Ambience, 2013).
  • Sub-Zero Seduction. Joel Pierson, New York, NY (The Cutting Room, 2013).
  • Boomerang. Roses & Revolutions, Rochester, NY (Roses & Revolutions, 2013).
  • Restonia. Zoe Keating & Low End String Quartet, Alexandria, VA (Inner Ear, 2013).
  • Insects. Twtrsymphony, Orange County, CA (Chip Michael, 2012).
  • Stone Rocket Bronze Dog. Jon Morris, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2012).
  • Evolution. Primitivity, Kensington, MD (Westbrook, 2012).
  • Reverse Solarity. Dan Britton, Pasadena, MD (Britton, 2012).
  • Into the Midnight Sun. Sarah Lipstate & Low End String Quartet, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2012).
  • God’s World. Joel Pierson, Brooklyn, NY (The End, 2012). 
  • Guerilla New Music. Great Noise Ensemble, Springfield, VA (Bias, 2012).
  • Birds of a Feather. Twtrsymphony, Orange County, CA (Chip Michael, 2012).
  • Through the Eye of the Needle, a documentary by Nina Shapiro, Washington, D.C. (Britton, 2011).
  • On the Inevitability of Loss. Jonathan Matis, Hyattsville, MD (Matis, 2011).
  • Old Fashioned Love. Dan Wolff, Germantown, MD (Ambience, 2011).
  • The Last Monarchs – EP. The Last Monarchs, Alexandria, VA (Inner Ear, 2010).
  • Stronger. Tamara Marcella, Rochester, NY (ACME, 2010).
  • Test Anxiety, a short film by Bob Deaver, Rochester, NY (Rochester Institute of Technology, 2010).
  • Mission. Mike McCabe and Friends, Canton, OH (Airbourne, 2009).
  • “Times Are Hard For Dreamers.” Jimmy Chesterfield, Canton, OH (White Rose, 2007).
  • Songs for the Journey. Our Lady of Peace Folk Group, Canton, OH (White Rose, 2002). 
  • The Long Road Home. The Jack Chesterfield Band, Canton, OH (White Rose, 2001).
  • “You.” You. Five Seconds Late, North Canton, OH (David Wright, 2001).

 

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Recipient of USA Projects performance grant (Low End String Quartet), Washington, D.C. 
  • Guest new music performer and lecturer at American University, Washington D.C. 
  • Four film festival acceptances for “Text Anxiety,” a film by Bob Deaver, soundtrack by Ms. Spehar (Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, 2010; Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival, 2011; San Francisco Bay Area Children’s Festival, 2011; and Phoenix Film Festival, 2011).
  • Howard Hanson Scholarship – Eastman School of Music (2005-2009).
  • MacDowell Music Club Scholarship (2005).

 

RECENT PREMIERE PERFORMANCES

  • Kruger-Lee, Cheryl – 140 or Bust, world premiere, 2016
  • Evan Meier – Aeolian Murmurs for piano quartet, world premiere, 2015
  • Tomek Regulski – Impact/Decay, world premiere, 2015
  • Rebecca Brandt – Patagonia, world premiere, 2014
  • Clio Montrey – Acoustic Science Fiction, world premiere, 2014
  • Anthony Green – l’azur de poéme, world premiere, 2014
  • John Winiarz – Tango for a Geisha, world premiere, 2014
  • Daniel Nass – Nishkaadizi-Nibi, world premiere, 2014
  • Luci Holland – Ash, world premiere, 2014
  • Cristina Spinei – Music for an Imaginary Dance, world premiere, 2014
  • Taught the Band to Play, the Sgt. Pepper Project, various composers (Great Noise Ensemble), world premiere, 2013
  • Arbores Erimusaut Cementum – Finola Merivale, world premiere, 2013
  • Stopping the World – Baljinder Sekhon II, world premiere, 2013
  • Hesychasmos – Armando Bayolo, world premiere, 2012
  • On the Verge of Starting Over – Mark Sylvestser, world premiere, 2012
  • Nibiru – Eugene Astapov (Élan Duo), world premiere, 2012
  • To Reset the Breath – Rafael Valle (Élan Duo), world premiere, 2012
  • Totally Shamelessly Cheesy – Sydney Kjerstad (Élan Duo), world premiere, 2012
  • I Hear That Voice – Viola Yip, world premiere, 2012
  • Into the Midnight Sun – Sarah Lipstate (Low End String Quartet), world premiere, 2012
  • Machine – Zoe Keating, world premiere (Low End String Quartet), 2012
  • Paranoid Symmetry – Cornelius Dufallo, world premiere (Great Noise Ensemble), 2012
  • Letters from Zelda – Sean Doyle, world premiere (Great Noise Ensemble), 2012
  • Color Within the Lines – Tomek Regulski, world premiere, 2011
  • Hush – Hannah Lash, world premiere (Great Noise Ensemble), 2012
  • For Natalie – Keane Southard, 2010 (world primiere, 2011)
  • Sarcophilius – Orie Sato, world premiere, 2011
  • De Materie – Louis Andriessen, US Professional Premiere with Great Noise Ensemble, 2010
  • Lou – Baljinder Sekhon II, Maryland premiere, 2010
  • Unbekannterweise – Orie Sato, world premiere, 2010
  • Song of Tzu Ye – Breffni O’Byrne, world premiere, 2009

 

For a complete resume, or a copy of Ms. Spehar’s CV, please submit a request using the Contact page. Thank you!

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