Dr. Mark J. Spicer is Professor of Music at Elmira College. He teaches music theory, music history and literature, applied piano and flute. He earned his PhD in music theory from the University of North Texas, his MM in piano performance from Michigan State University, and his BM in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Dr. Spicer has performed in hundreds of recitals on piano and flute since the age of 9. He performs regularly on the Elmira College campus and the Southern Tier of New York. Dr. Spicer has premiered several of his compositions and original arrangements in his concerts. He also served as Chair of the Elmira College Division of Creative Arts for four years. Before joining the Elmira College faculty in 1986, Dr. Spicer taught at Michigan State University, the Wausau Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin Center System, and the University of North Texas. His piano teachers include Ralph Votapek, a Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist.