John Winston Spanier Classical Piano Fellowship
The John Winston Spanier Classical Piano Fellowship supports fellowships for graduate students at the IU Jacobs School of Music students pursing a Masters of Music in Piano. Preference will be given to students with immigrant status, and international students.
John Winston Spanier was born in 1930 in Bad Oyenhausen Germany. Through his 10th birthday, a large part of his childhood was dominated by the rise of Adolf Hitler in World War II. His family made a narrow escape to England in 1940, where he received most of his precollege education. By 1947, his family immigrated to the U.S., where he received his B.A and M.A from Harvard University, followed by his Ph.D from Yale University. His experiences as a child sparked his interest in military affairs, leading him to author and co-author 10 books, including “American Foreign Policy Since World War Two” and “Games Nations Play,” which are widely used at universities across the nation. In his pastimes, he enjoyed classical music and was a regular patron of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
John is survived by his wife, Suzanne Staples Spanier and son, David William Spanier, who hope to honor his fondness of classical music and afford opportunity for talented immigrants and international students to obtain a degree from the IU Jacobs School of Music.