Spencer Music and Artist Development


James Spencer - "Jazz Brunch" Queen Mary: Long Beach


Fellowship (FLCM) Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2012

University of West London: London College of Music 

Diploma/Certifications (clinical hypnotherapy)  2006

Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Tarzana, California

California CLAD Credentials (single subject: music, drama)  1996

National University, Irvine, California

Master of Music  1995

California State University, Fullerton,  Fullerton, California

Bachelor of Music  1992

            California State University, Fullerton,  Fullerton, California

Performance Diploma : Early Music and Harpsichord  1989

Royal Academy of Music: University of Victoria, Victoria, B. C., Canada

Associate of Arts (Music)  1988

            Orange Coast College,  Costa Mesa, California

Music and Arts Studies 

Piano:  Dr. Robert Watson, Dr. Lucinda Carver, Dr. Rita Fussek, Joanna Hodges, Adrienne Iagjian

Harpsichord:  Dr. Malcolm Hamilton, Dr. Robert Watson, Dr. Lucinda Carver, Dr. Burton Karson

Organ: Esther Jones, Phillip Riddick, James Taulbee

Voice:  Dennis Parnell, Michael Kurkjian, Jane Paul, Su Harmon, Dolores Spencer

Acting: Laura Black, Jack Winters, Arnold Owens

Violin:  Dr. Peter Marsh, Meredith Ashby, Vera Maureas

Mandolin and Fiddle: Charles Spencer

Composition/Songwriting: Dr. Lloyd Rogers, Dr. Jonathan Stuart

Web Design: Jack Polson, Marian Anders

Conducting: Richard Otey, Richard Raub

Professional Experience 

Spencer Music and Artist Development  1985-present

Coaching and Group Classes: Piano, Digital Keyboards, Harpsichord, Voice, Acting, Violin, Viola, Mandolin Music Theory-Ear Training, Jazz Theory, Music Composition and Songwriting, Musicology, Music Industry, Speech Pathology and Dialects, Music Therapy, Toning, Dee-jaying, Accompanist Service

Artist Development: Piano Coaching, Vocal Coaching, Acting Coaching, Composition-Songwriting Coaching, Portfolios, Albums/Recordings, Debuts, Recitals, Tours, Websites, Pedagogy/Studios, Image, Advertising, College-Entrance Exams and Auditions, Competitions, Scholarships, Television Appearances, Music Industry/Business, Composing-Arranging, Accompanist Service, Agent Service

Web Design: full media websites with stores, contact, blog, video audio and calendars

James Spencer: Classical Pianist, Harpsichordist  1985-present

Performances: Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), Chapman University (Orange), University of California (Irvine), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Florida (Gainesville), University of Miami (Coral Gables), Leisure World Retirement Center (Seal Beach), The Rose Theatre (Westminster), The Orange County Performing Arts Center (Costa Mesa), The Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood), The University of Hawai'i (Honolulu), The College of the Desert (Palm Desert), Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science (Huntington Beach), The Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove)

Symphony, Chamber Orchestra Guest Artist: Pacific Symphony Young Artist Series (Costa Mesa), Newport Beach Camerata (Newport Beach), Honolulu Symphony (Honolulu), San Francisco Classical Chamber Orchestra (San Francisco), San Francisco Baroque Camerata Orchestra (San Francisco), Orchestre Nationale de Quebec (Quebec), CSUF Symphony (Fullerton)

J. R.  Spencer:  Pop-Jazz Pianist-Entertainer  1985-present

Engagements: Disneyland Resort (Anaheim), Cinegrill (Hollywood), The Queen Mary (Long Beach), The Waterfront Hilton Resort and Spa (Huntington Beach, California), The Ritz-Carlton Resort and Spa (Laguna Niguel), The Hilton Towers (Anaheim), Pan-Pacific Emerald Hotel (Anaheim), Maxwell's By The Sea (Huntington Beach), Long Beach Yacht Club (Long Beach), Balboa Bay Club (Newport Beach), 555's (Long Beach), The Sky Room at The Breakers (Long Beach), Victor-Victoria's (Laguna Beach), Chanticleer (Irvine), The Four Seasons Resort and Spa (Newport Beach)

Travel Engagements: Pier House (Key West), Ritz-Calton Resort and Spa (Coconut Grove), Jazz'd (Savannah), The Fairmont Empress Hotel (Victoria, B. C.), Halekulani Resort (Honolulu), Jazz Cafe (London), The Paris Resort and Casino (Las Vegas), The Rio Resort and Casino (Las Vegas), The Royal Hawaiian Resort (Honolulu)

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Cruises (West and South Caribbean) 

Author and Public Speaker


Vegandisiac 2017

Les Baxter 2016

The Vintage Vegan: The Art of Vegan Tea Hosting  2015

Lady Liberty: The Definitive Julie London Handbook  2013

An Historical Study of Kurt Weill's Der Silbersee  2013

The Wizard's Way: A Journey To Higher States of Creative Consciousness  2013

Musical Theatre Lyric Baritone and Actor  1984-present

Wolf in Into The Woods (Laguna Village Playhouse), Marco in Gianni Schicchi (CSUF), Billy Flynn in Chicago (Long Beach Playhouse), Chuck in Promises-Promises (Westminster Community Theatre), Kids of the Kingdom and Show Biz Is (Disneyland Resort), Claude in Hair (Carlsbad Players), Bobby in Company (Long Beach Civic Light Opera), Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Huntington Beach Playhouse), Chip in On The Town (Santa Monica Civic)

James Spencer: Recording Artist  1984-present


Gershwin For Two Pianos  1992 

Mozart Concerti K. 457 and 488: James Spencer with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra  2001

Brandenburg Concerti no. 3 and no. 5, Orchestral Suites no. 1 San Francisco Baroque Camarata 2002

En Blanc et Noir Ensemble: Le Boeuf sur la Toit, Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud  2003

Just in Time  2009

Blue Gardenia  2013 (Adamos Recordings)

Piano Classics Volume I: Piano Classics For Reflection  2014 (Adamos Recordings)

Piano Classics Volume II: Valse Romantique 2014 (Adamos Recordings)

Nightfall  2014 (Adamos Recordings)

The Cocktail Piano Hour: BLUE (vol. 1)  2015 (Adamos Recordings)

The Cocktail Piano Hour: EXOTICA (vol. 2) 2017 (Adamos Recordings)

The Cocktail Piano Hour: WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE (vol. 3) 2017 (Adamos Recordings)

The Cocktail Piano Hour:  DREAMSVILLE (vol.4) 2017 (Adamos Recordings)

The Cocktail Piano Hour: WILLOW CREEK (vol. 5) 2018 (Adamos Recordings)

Film Historian and Lecturer:  1999-present

Subjects: Pre-Code Hollywood and The Hays Code, Film Noir, Universal Horror, MGM Musicals, Alfred Hitchcock, Cecille B. De Mille      

Coastline Community College  1999-2010

 Professor: Music Appreciation for Senior Citizens, Piano, Voice, Musical Theatre, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory and Ear Training, Music Therapy, Film History, Yoga

California State University, Fullerton  1988-1995

                Staff Accompanist and Vocal Coach, Lecturer

First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa 1996-2002

 Music Director/Accompanist: Bell Choirs, Children’s Choir, Praise Choir

 Private Music Instruction: Piano, Voice, and Violin

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 1992-1996 Westminster, CA

Music Director: Praise Team, Choirs, Accompanist, Composer-Arranger, Private Music Instruction: Piano, Voice and Violin 

Grace Lutheran Church and Elementary School  1982-1990 Huntington Beach, CA

Music Director, Educator: Choral Director, Elementary Music Lessons, Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons, Violin Lessons, BellChoirs, Contemporary Praise Team Band

Awards and Honors

Keyboard Area’s Highest Honors: California State University, Fullerton  1995

California State Bach Festival  1986

Chapman University Piano Concerto Competition (First Place)  1985

Joanna Hodges’ International Piano Competition and Festival  1982-1985

MTAC’s Young Artist Series’ Musical Encounters Tours  1980-1985

Academic Decathlon Nationals: Performing Arts (First Place)  1986


The Crest: Art Deco Movie House: Long Beach, CA