Cape Symphony & Conservatory is pleased to welcome Kyle Spraker as the Director of Community Outreach and Education for both organizations.
Spraker is Principal Trumpet for the Cape Symphony and a Teaching Artist for brass and woodwind instruments at the Conservatory and Nantucket Music Center. The goal of the Director of Community Education and Outreach is to increase participation and access to exceptional musical and artistic experiences across the Cape and Islands through a variety of high quality, Conservatory/Symphony-sponsored outreach and educational activities.
“Kyle is an extraordinarily skillful performer and a highly relatable teacher. He has already made such a positive impact for both organizations, we are confident that he will be able to expand the reach of the quality programming offered by the Cape Symphony & Conservatory,” said Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director for the Cape Conservatory.
As Director of Education and Outreach, Spraker coordinates all Cape Symphony educational concerts. Every fall, 2,800 4th graders come to the Young People’s Concert, entirely designed and organized by the Director of Education. Spraker will also coordinate and oversee the Cape Symphony & Conservatory’s Music Memory event in May. The annual event tests Cape Cod students on their ability to hear music and identify the composer and title in a name-that-tune style live concert.
Before moving to the East Coast to study trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory, Spraker earned his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a musician, Spraker’s career has taken him all over the world performing and teaching throughout the United States, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central and South America.
As an educator, he also serves on faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where he has been teaching a graduate-level course on the importance and effectiveness of community engagement with artistic experiences. Spraker’s brass quintet, Redline Brass, has designed interactive concerts, chamber workshops and educational programs that have been presented in underserved public schools, arts programs, detention centers, homeless shelters and concert halls throughout Boston and the greater New England area.
“I’m looking forward to working with Cape Cod’s artistic community and educators to ensure our programs provide opportunities for participation and enjoyment. Whether it’s playing an instrument, learning choreography, or painting a picture, the Cape Symphony and Conservatory invites individuals of all ages to come experience the joy of music and artistic expression,” said Spraker.
Spraker and his wife, Maria Rindenello-Spraker (harpist and registrar at the Cape Conservatory), are both busy performers and educators who moved to the Cape last summer.
Kyle can be reached at 508-362-2772 or by e-mail at [email protected].