J. Todd Spangler, 54
Administrative law judge
Knoxville, Tennessee
United States

This year marks Todd Spangler’s fourth entry into the Cliburn Amateur Competition, having participated in 2002, 2004, and 2007. In his last appearance here, he was a semifinalist. Mr. Spangler received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in music education from Morehead State University (Morehead, Kentucky), before embarking on a career in law. He is a graduate of the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and, for most of his professional life, has worked in all facets of litigation. Currently an administrative law judge working with the Social Security Administration in Knoxville, Mr. Spangler enjoys outdoor summer activities such as cycling, devotes time to his church choir, and likes to read.


Preliminary Round
CHOPIN   Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52

Quarterfinal Round
BACH   Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903

Semifinal Round
SCARLATTI   Sonata in G Major, K. 427
BEETHOVEN   32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80
LISZT   Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor

Final Round
BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15: I. Allegro con brio