Baltimore Choral Arts Society

J. Spencer Hammond, church musician and teacher, dies at 88

J. Spencer Hammond, church musician and teacher, dies at 88

J. Spencer Hammond, former longtime minister of music, organist and choir director at Douglas Memorial Community Church who also taught music in the city public schools for more than three decades, died Thursday at Howard County General Hospital from complications from a fall. The Pikesville resident was 88.

“Spencer was a highly respected musician’s musician,” said Tom Hall, who had directed the Baltimore Choral Arts Society for 35 years, and is now host of WYPR’s “Midday.” “He was one of the greatest and significant musicians in our city and left his imprint on several generations of students and choir members.”

Michael T. Britt, who has been minister of music at Brown...

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