The Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble was founded in 1986 by six members of the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra (now the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra) as a means to explore compositions written for smaller ensembles. Originally consisting of two violinists, two violists and two cellists, Spectrum soon expanded its scope to become an “umbrella organization,” presenting a wide variety of works involving a virtually infinite combination of instruments. As a result, Spectrum has truly become an entity driven by the desires of the performing artists to seek out the unusual and obscure as well as the familiar.
Spectrum began with an annual season of three concerts performed in the sanctuary of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist church in east Fort Worth. Throughout the decade that followed the group also performed in concerts for the Abilene Chamber Players, Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival, Twilight Musicale of the Fort Worth Euterpean Club and the Women’s Club, the music series of Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Texas at Arlington, the Basically Beethoven Festival of the Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players, Tarrant County College recital series, and the series at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, among others.
In 1997 the members of Spectrum were delighted to be asked to begin a concert series downtown at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Since then Spectrum has performed three concerts each season at First Methodist, most recently in the intimate atmosphere and warm acoustic surround of Leonard Memorial Chapel, while it continued the original series of three concerts at First Jefferson. Concerts of both series are usually scheduled one week apart, three times a year. As the repertoire has almost always been completely different from one concert to the next, in the 29 seasons of concerts at both venues Spectrum has performed almost 500 different compositions by over 170 different composers!