Dee Spencer is an active performer, composer/arranger, and music director. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M where she majored in oboe performance. Dee received an M.M. from Washington University in St. Louis and Ed.D from the University of San Francisco. Her composition “Sweet Emma B” was commissioned for the 11th JEN Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA in 2020. Dee’s performance credits include Grammy-Award winner Ledisi, jazz legends John Handy, Regina Carter, Jimmy Scott, Louis Bellson and Clark Terry. Her solo piano recording “Tranquility” was released in 2018. She was hired by Wynton Marsalis for the Essentially Ellington Competition. Dee recently served as a panelist for the 2023 Grammy Educator of the Year Award.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • PDV 433
  • PDV 434

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D-University of San Francisco
  • M.M.-Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.S.-Florida A&M University

What is your hometown?

Wilmington, Delaware

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Hydroponic gardening

Who were your major teachers?

William Bowie

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

Don't give up