Cathedral welcomes new music director, Mr. Brandon Spence
By John Gleason
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has a new music director. Brandon Spence took over the position Sept. 21 from John Miller, who will continue as the associate director for the Office of Liturgy.
Spence, 54, is single and comes to Denver from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he taught music (liturgical organ) and worked in campus ministry, planning liturgies and directing the student choir. At the same time he served as director of music for St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids. Previously, he was director of liturgical music and choir director at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Spence studied music at Old Dominion University in Virginia and later at the University of Michigan. He also holds a certificate in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. He laughs when he describes himself as something of a professional student, especially when it comes to music.
“My mother was a trained pianist, my father played saxophone so music was always in the home,” he said. “My older siblings all studied music and I just ran along after them.”
Spence said he is excited about working in Denver and with the people of the archdiocese.
“It’s such a beautiful place,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with Archbishop (Charles) Chaput and his staff and meeting everyone in my new-found community.”