Composer Elena Specht writes instrumental and vocal concert music with an emphasis on colorful textures, lively rhythms, and graceful lyricism. Her music is inspired by the grandeur of nature, captivating questions, and compelling stories. Elena’s music is enjoyed by both beginning and professional musicians, and it reaches diverse audiences. She specializes in music for bands and wind ensembles and is currently the composer/arranger of the Wind Ensemble of the
Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras.
Recent projects include Sunlight on the Hardwoods, a trio for flute, viola, and bass commissioned by the Fresh Inc Festival, and Concerto for Audience: Pulse, a collaborative work that involves audience participation, premiered by the Michigan State University Concert Orchestra. Upcoming performances include new works for the Denver Pops Orchestra and the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble. Elena is pursuing a D.M.A. in composition and a M.M. in music theory at Michigan State University, where she is a University Distinguished Fellow. She holds an M.M. in composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied with Daniel Kellogg and Carter Pann, and a B.M. in composition and theory from Vanderbilt University, where she studied composition with Michael Slayton and Michael Rose and horn with Leslie Norton. As a graduate teaching assistant at CU and MSU she has taught music theory and aural skills courses.
Elena’s music is published by Specht Music, and she is a member of ASCAP. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband. Outside of music, Elena enjoys reading, running, and baking.
Find out more about Elena on her website.