W. Terrence Spiller earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington, Indiana University, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Spiller, a prize-winner in international piano competitions, was recognized by the University of Southern California School of Music as the outstanding doctoral graduate of 1991.
Spiller has performed across the U.S. and Europe as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist. The Daily Breeze in Torrance called his performance with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto as “spirited, whimsical and intense … from flowing sensuality to pounding drama, soloist and orchestra matched wits in a vigorous joint effort.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cited a chamber music performance as “breathtaking, soulstirring.” The Tribune in San Luis Obispo called him “inspired … a musical powerhouse.”
Spiller served as chair of the Music Department from 2004-19, and retired from full-time teaching in 2021.