Dr. Williametta Spencer
Dr Williametta Spencer, a nationally known composer who resides in Whittier, was commissioned by the Rio Hondo Symphony Association to write a musical piece for the Symphony's 75th Diamond Anniversary celebration. This piece, "Celebration for an Orchestra," will be played at our upcoming concert on October 22, 2017.
Dr. Williametta Spencer graduated from High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended Whittier College earning a B.A. degree with a major in piano and composition. At Whittier she studied piano with Margaretha Lohmann and composition with Maryo VanDeman. Following that she earned a M.M. Degree in composition at the University of Southern California and composed a String Quartet for the Master's Thesis. A Fulbright Scholarship followed for composition study in Paris, France. Dr Spencer earned the PhD degree also at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Spencer has served as Visiting Artist in Residence at Cal State Pomona, Visiting Scholar in the School of Comparative Arts at Ohio University, and has been professor of music at Rio Hondo College and Whittier College. She has just retired as organist and director of music at Whittier Presbyterian Church.