Justin Spenner is a lyric baritone, teacher and composer residing in Minneapolis. He studied with the internationally esteemed composer James Dillon at the University of Minnesota where he recently received a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance . Focusing mainly on art song, Justin has enjoyed premiers of his two song cycles Charlotte (2010) and The Joys and Woes (2013), both featuring text written by the composer. He is drawn to poetry and texts that naturally emit a musical landscape resulting in the setting of texts ranging from the classics to works written by freelance living poets. Justin is currently working on the setting of Puck’s monologues from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Mezzo-Soprano, and a setting of his brother, Richard Spenner Jr.’s, supplemental letter to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.