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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Joseph Spence

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Saxophone Player
Name: Joseph Spence
Website: http://www.josephdavidspence.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:40 AM
Presentation Venue: Gammage 301
Presentation Title: Duo TPK Chamber Recital
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 20

Saxophonist, composer, educator, Joseph David Spence has made a name as an advocate for the saxophone in the concert hall and in his own compositions. His teachers include some of the most respected saxophonists in America: Carrie Koffman, Christopher Bartz, and John Hallberg. He has also participated in several national saxophone conferences working closely with highly esteemed saxophonists: Timothy McAllister, James Umble, and Marco Albonetti. Spence’s musicianship has also earned him esteem in competitions having won first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition for the states of California and Connecticut, the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the state of Connecticut, and second place for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Instrumental Competition.

Spence is pursuing his Dual Master's Degree in Saxophone Performance and Composition at The Hartt School, and currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton.


            For more information, go to www.josephdavidspence.com. 

Ensemble Bio: Duo TPK is comprised of saxophonists Joseph David Spence and Giovanna Virgil. As active chamber musicians, Spence and Virgil have played in a variety of ensembles together previously and now are excited to present the debut of their own duo.    

Other Performers / Participants


Giovanna Virgil

Alto Saxophone


Giovanna Virgil is a Saxophone Performance major with a minor in Performing Arts Management at The Hartt School (University of Hartford) where she is a student of Carrie Koffman.

Virgil is a native of Manorville, NY but has since moved to Hartford, CT for school. She is an active chamber musician and soloist in the Hartford area. Her current chamber groups include CTRL+ALTO+DEL (Giovanna Virgil: saxophone, Nick Borghoff: Viola)and The Penumbral Quartet (Owen Nichols: soprano saxophone, Aislinn Walters: alto saxophone, Giovanna Virgil: tenor saxophone, Garrett Evans: baritone saxophone). She performs regularly throughout the year with the Hartt Saxophone Studio's Saxophone Ensemble and The Hartt School's Omni-Ensemble.

In addition to her saxophone playing, Virgil is a woodwind doubler performing in many pit orchestras through the years. Teaching at Song-A-Day Music Center in Coventry, CT, Virgil is currently accepting woodwind students through the studio and privately. 

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Burning Day Gala Flagello 6
Chrysalis Joseph David Spence 6
Shred-It! Joseph David Spence 5