Spencer Fellows has been an active performer, teacher, adjudicator, and organizer of musical events in the Washington, DC area and overseas for many years. He began the study of piano at age six and gave his first public performance at age nine. At age twelve he began study of the violin and at fifteen appeared in Carnegie Hall as featured piano soloist with a touring youth orchestra in which he was also a first violinist. During his youth he performed on radio and television and with orchestra. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as a piano student of Cecile Genhart, and did graduate and postgraduate work with Edward Kilenyi, John Boda, and Elvin Schmitt. While in college he began the study of classical guitar. In 1966 he established a music studio for piano and classical guitar in the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area. He and his wife Jennifer have maintained a joint studio at their present address in Bethesda since 1983. Over the years they have produced many accomplished players who have been accepted by leading music schools and conservatories throughout the world. Spencer has authored many works of a pedagogical nature, including arrangements, student compositions, studies, and method materials for both piano and guitar in solo and ensemble settings.
Jennifer Fellows grew up in a piano studio. As a young prodigy she played Bach Inventions for her kindergarten class. She performed her first piano concerto at age seven. She began teaching in her teens. Her stepfather Jon George, a celebrated composer of student literature, together with her mother Mary Gae George, authored the highly acclaimed method Artistry at the Piano. As a young teacher in their studio Jennifer test taught all the materials of the method. Throughout her twenties Jennifer maintained a very active performing career in ensemble and chamber music. As staff accompanist with the National Flute Convention, she appeared in concert with many of the world's great flutists. She continued her studies with artist teacher Elvin Schmitt and obtained national certification from MTNA. She maintains an active teaching career and performs regularly.
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