Undergraduate Student Spotlights

John Spencer

Piano Studies

What I do to de-stress:
Go for walks around the city and listening to some of my favorite music.
I would like to be remembered for my:
pianism and musicality, but there's a lot of work to be done before that happens!
My favorite course at NYU:
Song Repertoire: it's been a really enlightening and rewarding experience, and a lot of fun too!
Community service activity I'm most proud of:
performing in various capacities at nursing homes around my hometown. The residents are always extremely happy and grateful to listen.
After I graduate, I:
will hopefully one day be a performing as a solo or collaborative pianist, or both.
Why I chose this program at NYU Steinhardt:
I wanted to go to a school with a strong music school in a university setting in case I wanted to complete a minor or double major.
A book from class I would never sell back:
Most of the novels from my Europe Since 1945 class in Florence, Italy.
My inspiration:
Everything around me, but especially seeing professionals doing what I hope to do one day.
My favorite place to study around NYU:
Well, a lot of my studying occurs in the practice rooms, so the 9th floor of Steinhardt would be the place!
If I took a year off from my current life, I would:
spend it in Europe, absorbing the culture and food!
Prized possession:
everything musical: scores, recordings, books, autographed playbills, etc.
The professor who influenced me the most:
All of my private lesson teachers have had a profound impact on my development, and I couldn't be more grateful for them.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Honeoye, NY.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
During middle and high school, I played annually for the National Piano Teachers' Guild Auditions, becoming a five time national winner, an international winner and each time receiving superior and superior plus ratings. I received the Howard Hanson award from the Rochester Piano Teachers' Guild, and was asked to perform in the Winners' Recital. At NYU, I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform in numerous concerts, including Interstudio Showcases, chamber recitals, on the Subway Series and Steinhardt at Saklad series, and this coming semester on Tutte le Corde: Piano Music after 1950.