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Indiana University

Melissa Spencer (MAAA’03)

Melissa Spencer graduated from SPEA in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration. She came to SPEA directly after graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry and Violin Performance. Melissa has always been passionate about music and as she developed an interest in business through her undergraduate career, she recognized that the MAAA was the right choice for her. Melissa selected the MAAA program at IU due to the reputation of SPEA, the Kelley School of Business and the Jacobs School of Music.

“The great faculty, along with the multidisciplinary course structure, provided the perfect opportunity to work alongside current and future business executives, nonprofit leaders and musical professionals alike,” Melissa said.

Melissa was very involved during her time at IU. She spent time working with the Bloomington Area Arts Council, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Indiana University Foundation, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.

“Working side by side with professionals in a variety of organizations gave me the opportunity to learn about the many different careers you can pursue in arts administration, as well as the chance to network with experts in the field,” she said.

Melissa currently works as an Assistant Director of Development at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she manages Institutional Support.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melissa Spencer.