Department of Music

Helena K. Spencer

Associate Professor
Music History, Bassoon

Helena Spencer

Contact Info:

Office: CA 1022

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Oregon
Master of Music: University of Oregon
Bachelor of Music: The Cleveland Institute of Music

Dr. Helena Kopchick Spencer joined the UNC Wilmington faculty in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Music History and Bassoon. She previously taught at Willamette University and the University of Oregon, where she received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. Her teaching and research are driven by the meaningful ways in which music interacts with other media of expressive culture-literature, drama, and film; dance, gesture, and staging; art and architecture; costume and scenic design. Her current work explores the conflation of landscape and gender in nineteenth-century Parisian music theater, and she has published on Scandinavian supernatural folklore in Bournonville's ballet La Sylphide and in Ibsen art song settings. Dr. Spencer has presented papers at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society (national and regional) and international conferences on nineteenth-century music. As a founding member of the Blue Box Ensemble, she has designed and performed chamber music recitals in collaboration with exhibitions featuring artists Lesley Dill, Kara Walker, and most recently Ryo Toyonaga. She has also performed as bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Eugene Opera Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, and Salem Chamber Orchestra; the Eugene, Colorado, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras; and the Aspen, Cabrillo, and Oregon Bach Festival Orchestras.