Music Director


Richard Spece
is an internationally recognized musician who conducts and performs throughout the United States, and is a sought after guest lecturer, chamber musician and recording artist. He recorded on the Delos and Crystal Labels and new solo album released on Naxos, July 2014.

RichSpece with baton and clarinet

Spece has performed in a variety of esteemed venues around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Embassy of France in Washington DC, the Czech Embassy, the Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Benaroya Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall among others. He has performed in numerous chamber music series including the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum and National Gallery Recital Series, the Music in the Mansion Series at the Strathmore, the Alexander Paley Festival, the Music on the Mountain Series, the Mozart Society of California Chamber Music Series, the Instituto de la Cultura Festival de Primavera, the Cascade Music Festival, the PRIME series in Baltimore, Capital Hill Chamber Music Festival, Garth Newel Chamber Festival, the Embassy Series in Washington, DC, the Summer Festival of Sacred Music in New York City.

As a period clarinetist, Spece founded the critically acclaimed period-instrument chamber ensemble, Saeculum Aureum Players and has performed with such ensembles as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Ama Deus Ensemble, California Bach Society, Magnificat, Classical Consort, Concert Spirituel, and Opera Lafayette. He also foundedCirca 1800, Woodwind Quintet which has toured throughout the United States. Mr. Spece received critical acclaim for his period-instrument recording, Vintage Woodwinds, on Crystal Records which received outstanding reviews from the BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Peninsula Reviews, The Seattle Times, The Instrumentalist, Classics Today, The Clarinet, De Klarinet, and L’ovabese.

Spece earned a Doctor of Music degree at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Contact at richard@mannheimrocket.org


Mannheim Rocket Orchestra 2016-17