Bio

Composer Elena Specht has received numerous performances of her music. She actively writes instrumental and vocal solo, chamber, and large ensembles works, specializing in music for bands and wind ensembles, include middle and high school ensembles. She is currently the composer/arranger for the Wind Ensemble of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras.

Elena is working on her master's in composition at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received a bachelor of music in composition with minors in horn performance and American studies from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Her primary composition teachers have been Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, Michael Slayton, and Michael Rose, and she studied horn with Leslie Norton. At CU, she has participated in the Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers Conference, New Opera Works workshop, served on the Pendulum New Music Committee, and had her music performed by the CU Wind Symphony and the Altius Quartet, among others. At Vanderbilt, she was active in the Composers Forum, serving as president in her senior year. In that role, she facilitated class meetings and organized concerts of music by student composers. As a horn player, she was also a member of Blair's wind ensemble and orchestra and performed with the brass choir, horn choir, and in a woodwind quintet. She traveled to Aix-en-Provence, France, with her woodwind quintet in the summer of 2014 to study chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Elena is also passionate about music theory and musicology pedagogy. At CU she is a teaching assistant in music theory and has taught Basic Music Theory, Aural Skills 3, and Aural Skills 4. In the summers of 2014 and 2015 she worked at Duke University's Talent Identification Program as a teaching assistant for a 20th century music history class, in which gifted high school students studied art music, jazz, and rock intensely for three weeks. At Vanderbilt, she was a musicology and music theory student assistant and served as a music theory tutor, meeting regularly with students in groups and individually. She also has experience teaching private lessons and tutoring.

Elena lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband. Outside of music, she enjoys reading, running, and cooking.