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                                 Background and Education     

                                                        Williametta Spencer graduated from High School

                                                              in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was a piano  

                                                              student of Jeannette Haien and a clarinet

                                                              student of Dwight Dailey from the University

                                                              of Michigan and was a member of a Piano Trio

                                                               coached by Elizabeth Holborn.



                                         After moving to California, 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 this she earned

                                        a M.M. degree at the University of Southern California, studying

                                        with Ernst Kanitz, Halsey Stevens, Ingolf Dahl and Pauline

                                        Alderman and composing a String Quartet for the Master's   

                                        Thesis.         A Fulbright Scholarship followed for study in

                                        composition at Paris, France with composer Tony Aubin and

                                        the Master Piano Class of Alfred Cortot.


                                       Dr. Spencer earned the PhD degree also at the University of

                                Southern California where she was a student of Arend Kolle and

                                Pierre Tagman writing a dissertation on the title:  The Influence

                                and Stylistic Heritage of Andre Caplet.  Extensive study in 20th

                                Century Art History and a Composition Recital were also included.