Cello music by Dr. Heather Spence customized for any occasion - weddings, funerals, house parties, corporate events, festivals, recordings, workshops, interactive, compositions...
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Seasoned, flexible musician who can go with the flow.
Audience grabbing music, with the perfect tone for the context. Intimate healing power in funerals. Uplifting flexibility in weddings (The groom wants Star Wars, the bride wants Bach, and the parents want Egyptian? No problemo.) Interactive fun at house parties.
Arrangements can be made for special compositions.
References provided on request.
Heather Spence creates music scientifically tuned to any occasion. She received a Presidential Arts Fellowship for music at the George Washington University, and completed her PhD in Bio-Acoustics at the City University of New York. From weddings to funerals, from boats to opera houses, her primary performance instruments are cello, viola da gamba, piano and voice. Her compositions combine live instruments, electronic sounds and nature recordings and can be found on CDs, soundtracks, sheet music – even phone answering services. Merging music with neuroscience, she crafts improvisations and meditations suited to each group of listeners, drawing on genres from medieval to contemporary, from classical to trip hop. Based in Washington, DC, she currently performs internationally as a soloist and with Sephardic, Arabic and world music ensembles.
Example Projects –
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel (2015 International Association for the Study of Dreams – keynote lecture & cello)
Mellon Auditorium (2015 Saltanah Ensemble for King of Saudi Arabia – cello)
Bulgarian Embassy (2015 Judith Cohen – voice)
National Aquarium in Baltimore (2014 Saltanah Ensemble & Shems – cello)
The Birchmere (2014 Raven’s Night – cello)
Teatro de Cancun, Mexico (2014 Chamber Orchestra of Cancun – cello)
Franciscan Monastery (2014 Good Friday Service – voice)
The Library of Congress (2013 Flory Jagoda, the Celebration Concert – voice & viola da gamba)
Lisner Auditorium (2012 Ana Masry Band – cello & concertina)
CD - Conscious Structure, Universal Antithesis (cello, electric cello, composition)
Sheet Music - NMV7 “Dom,” NMV9 “Vale la Pena?” and NMV 50 “L” (available through (link hidden))
Musical analysis of dolphin vocalizations and habitats
Additional Booking Notes
In small venues I prefer to play unamplified. I have a good pickup/DI Box for my cello for amplified settings, plus a vocal mic if needed.
I prefer to play sitting down, in a chair without arms.
Past Booked Events
|October 21, 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
Wedding example -
Intro music (selection of classical and pop favorites)
Bridal party (Pachelbel's cannon)
Bride entrance (Andante cantabile)
Recessional (Star Wars New Hope arrangement)
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Influences & Inspiration
Classical (Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, etc.)
Original songs influenced by -
They Might Be Giants
Celtic & Renaissance music
Depends on the show. For <50 people, probably nothing is required. An armless chair would be nice. Larger shows, depends on weather indoors or outdoors, etc.
Recent review: They made my father's funeral special by playing South American-influenced music. My father was…
Recent review: Meghan's performance was beautiful! She helped make our son's wedding a magnificent celebration.…
Recent review: Samantha did a lovely job. She helped make our small memorial service elegant and memorable.…
Recent review: Played requested songs, sounded great, and were on time. Made the night very special!