Belmont, MA – August 20, 2014
Powers Music School has announced that Dr. Spencer Aston has been named Director of Music. In addition to leading the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project (MYSP) Junior Orchestra and teaching private trumpet lessons, Aston will be working alongside Executive & Artistic Director Helen Clapp Stevenson to help shape the artistic vision of the community music school.
Stevenson created the Director of Music position as part of Powers Music School’s short-term strategic plan. She says it was an easy decision for her after seeing Aston’s leadership in the Music on the Hill summer program and MYSP orchestra program at Powers.
“I’m thrilled to be able to create this position. As the school has expanded to include a three-level youth orchestra program, Spencer has been an invaluable asset to us, helping to administer MYSP. Aside from being a very talented trumpet player himself, he has some great new ideas to strengthen our music programs here at Powers,” said Stevenson.
A resident of Brighton, Aston holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds faculty positions at Bridgewater State University and the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
In addition to his extensive teaching experience at the high school and college level, Aston also brings to the position his knowledge and background in conducting and performance, as Music Director for the Windham Concert Band, Assistant Conductor for the New England Brass Band, and Guest Conductor for Bridgewater State University Wind Ensemble. He is an active freelance trumpet player, founding member of the Fenway Quintet, and has appeared in performance with the Atlantic Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, San Juan Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and many others.
Says Aston, “I am most excited about being a part of developing the wonderful programming that Powers has to offer. I believe in the principal that nothing is more critical in a student’s education then exploring their creative side of the thought process. This not only makes us better as musicians but also enhances our wellbeing and the ability to maneuver the daily tasks that life will bring.”
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