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For Immediate Release - May 12, 1999
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Whittier Professor's Composition Selected to Celebrate Flutist's Birthday


"Tirsi," a Suite for Flute Orchestra in five movements by Williametta Spencer, adjunct assistant professor of music at Whittier College, will be performed as part of a celebration of the 60th birthday of internationally renown flutist James Galway.

The Massachusetts Flute Orchestra, directed by Danielle Boudrot, will perform the piece at a concert on at the Barbicon Court in London on May 16. The piece was originally written for John Barcelona, director of wind studies at California State University, Long Beach, who has performed it with the Southern California Flute Orchestra.

Spencer has received several national awards in composition and has published more than 40 works. Golden Crest Records of New York released a full-length recording of her works in its Authenticated Composers Series, and eight of her choral compositions are featured on a new compact disc of 20th-century American choral music released by Northeastern Records.

As an author, she has contributed to the Musical Quarterly, the Revue Belge de Musicologie and the Journal of the National American Teachers of Singing. She also produced the video series "Perspectives in Music History," is harpsichordist for L'Antica Musica Consort and is organist/director for Whittier Presbyterian Church. She earned a B.A. from Whittier College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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