Spencer Topel is an artist combining sound, installation and architecture. He was educated at The Juilliard School, Cornell University, and later joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as a professor of music. There he collaborated with installation artist Soo Sunny Park on several projects including Capturing Resonance for the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. This intersectional effort led Topel to develop a body of work over the past ten years combining sound, architecture, and performance.
Topel current and past projects with international arts and performing arts institutions include: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) NY; The Barnes Foundation, Drawing Center NY, The Arts Club of Chicago, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Boston, Det Frei Gallerie, The Hood Museum, and The Huddersfield Festival. His work has been performed by celebrated ensembles that include the FLUX Quartet NY, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Oregon Symphony, and the Juilliard Symphony. Notable collaborations continue with cellist Seth Parker Woods, FIGURA Ensemble (Copenhagen), and the Meitar Ensemble (Tel Aviv).
Upcoming exhibitions include a large-scale indoor solar installation for The Proctor Academy in Andover NH, set for install in August 2019, and the debut of a new patented hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument called the Syrinx in January at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM 2020).