Beginning January 2013, the Harford Choral Society welcomed a new Director, Dr. William Spencer.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, William Spencer studied bassoon beginning at age twelve and within a few years began private conducting studies with two successive Erie Junior Philharmonic Music Directors. He attended Northwestern University and later Boston University, where he continued his bassoon studies while also pursuing conducting opportunities as they presented themselves.
As part of his master’s degree he conducted various choral and instrumental ensembles within the Boston University Collegium Musicum, and eventually moved to Baltimore to pursue a doctoral degree in conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory.
While at Peabody, he conducted the Baltimore premiere of the Symphony No. 14 by Dmitri Shostakovich as well as several Renaissance choral works among other widely-divergent scores. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival, studying conducting with Paul Vermel for two seasons, and attended the 1990 choral-orchestral conducting workshop at Dartmouth College where he worked with Thomas Dunn, Jan Harrington, and Melinda O’Neal, now Music Director of the Handel Choir in Baltimore.
Dr. Spencer served as Music Director of the Continuum Chamber Singers in Washington, D.C. for three years and as Assistant Conductor of the Frederick Symphony for the 2009-2012 seasons. He also pursued his interest in broadcasting with seven years on the staff of WJHU-FM in Baltimore (prior to its re-format as WYPR), where he served in a wide variety of roles.
Dr. Spencer lives in Cockeysville, Maryland with his wife Mary, a highly-skilled organist, and son who is a very promising singer.
Kathryn Locke has been the accompanist for the Harford Choral Society since 2005.
As a rehearsal pianist she has worked for Center Stage in Baltimore, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. As an accompanist, she has performed at the White House and the National Christmas Tree Lighting with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Kathryn has performed on several of Baltimore’s chamber music series including those at Second Presbyterian Church and Towson University. For five years, she was the Manager of Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series.
Kathryn holds a M.M. in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and is currently on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She lives in Glen Arm, Maryland with her husband and son.