Luke J Spence
Visiting Assistant Professor: Trumpet
Dr. Luke Spence enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, and recording artist. He joined the faculty at the SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet in the Fall of 2022. In addition to his duties teaching and performing at Crane, Spence serves as second trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the award-winning chamber group Anima Brass.
Praised by Fanfare Magazine for his "great artistry", labeled "exquisite" by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and hailed as "a true expert in phrasing" by the National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Spence's debut solo album "20th Century Art Songs" offers a fresh approach to the genre of vocal transcriptions and highlights repertoire seldom explored by instrumentalists. The album was recently honored as a semi-finalist for The American Prize. As a freelance orchestral musician, Spence has performed with numerous ensembles including the National Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Washington Opera Society, The New Orchestra of Washington, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. Outside of mainstream classical music, Spence has performed with Baltimore and Washington D.C. theatre companies, toured with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performed on period instruments with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and premiered 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 throughout the U.S., Europe, and China, and was a featured soloist with the Washington Sinfonietta.
Prior to his appointment at Crane, Spence served as Lecturer of Trumpet at Frostburg State University, Instructor of Trumpet at Frederick Community College, and Director of the Young Artists of America Trumpet Academy. Additionally, he has judged and chaired competitions at the International Women's Brass Conference and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. He is an active presenter and clinician, having given masterclasses and lecture recitals at institutions such as Colorado State University, the University of Akron, and Towson University. A firm believer that music has the power to be an agent of social change, Spence is also a founding Board of Directors member of the International Pride Orchestra, a non-profit charity orchestra that brings together LGBTQIA+ musicians from around the world to present concerts, celebrate community, and raise funds for LGBTQIA+ causes.
Spence 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. Luke Spence is honored to be an artist for both S.E. Shires Co. and Denis Wick Products.