Heather Spence at the botanic garden with fruit instrument

May 18, 2024
Expert Is In: Acoustic Ecology
U.S. Botanic Garden, main hall
Washington, DC

Heather Spence is the Expert Is In with an interactive booth about Plants and Sound, including a playable fruit instrument. Free and open to the public.

July 18, 2024
World Listening Day

Stay tuned for more information on opportunities for participating in Ocean World of Sound virtual and in-person events for this year’s world listening day! Heather has been participating in World Listening Day (including serving as Ambassador in 2022) since it started in 2010!

Fall-Winter 2023

September 26, 2023
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Opening for Lily Henley with a solo cello tribute to Flory Jagoda.

Previous events

Summer 2023

June 3/4 2023:  Heather performs with the Fez Tones at Glen Echo “Washington Folk Festival

June 13 2023: Special announcement from!



Ocean World of Sound 30 Day Challenge Launch!

July 18: Heather is the ambassador for World Listening Day 2022!


May 28: Craft In America Virtual Concert 

April 9: Ocean Memory Virtual Concert

February 3-4:  Ocean Decade: U.S. Launch Meeting

Presenting as part of two teams:

Ocean Memory Project – Nexus Exhibit Booth & Ocean Shot (Exhibit Hall Table 9, ePoster Hall Floor 6 room 10)

Ocean Memory

Ocean Sound and Marine Life Interagency Working Group – Ocean Shot (ePoster Hall Floor 6 room 11)

February: The Listener Project maintenance



May 19-21: International Conference on Ocean Energy (Washington DC) ***postponed to 2021***

Summer TBD: Workshop and concert for National Academies Keck Futures Initiative project (with Mark Ballora) ***postponed to 2021***

“Layers of meaning: how the ocean’s natural acoustics and the music of its datasets can reveal hidden connections”

We lost a dear friend and colleague:  Mark Ballora Obituary

(c) Kevin Allen Photo

Nov 12 2020 3pm:  virtual LASER talk “Music from Other Worlds


I created a human!


March 4-10: Ocean Memory Workshop at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA

March 18-21: Ocean Memory Workshop at Woods Hole, MA

April 6-7: Special guest at NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium (Wanchese, NC)

June 3: 5pm Washington Folk Festival, performing cello with the Fez Tones (Washington, DC)

July 8: Noon at Smithsonian Hirshhorn “Sound Scene” outdoor stage, premier of “Reef Recall” for live cello and soundscape composition

July: Viola da Gamba Conclave


March 16th 5:30pm, National Academy of Sciences HQ and online livestreamed: DASER program on Sound and the Deep Blue Sea, guest curated and moderated by Heather Spence.

March 23rd 7pm, Greenbelt MD @ New Deal Cafe: Roumana world music ensemble opens for percussionist Raquy Danziger (View the facebook event here)

May 17, Cancun Mexico: MUSA underwater museum conference featuring new ArtSci piece based on The Listener Project

May 17-22, Cancun Mexico: Dolphin dreams research program


February:  Prioritizing Sustainability Through the Arts and Sciences Conference

Stay tuned for online posting of the proceedings!

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March 6 (Friday) 5pm:  World Music performance by ROUMANA at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD celebrating Women’s History Month Celebration

Tickets, which include access to the aquarium, are only $12 and you can get them on the National Aquarium events website


May 30 : Performance with Saltanah Ensemble at the Washington Folk Festival in Glen Echo Park

June 5-9:  Featured Presenter at the International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference, in Virginia Beach, VA

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July 21st @ 1pm, CUNY Graduate Center in NYC = my public talk for my thesis defense “The importance of bioacoustics for dolphin welfare”


March 20, 2014 – Premier of the movie Angel Azul, about the work of underwater sculpture artist Jason deCaires Taylor, including our collaborative science/art project The Listener.  At the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC.

New microdocumentary “World of Sound” about my work, created by The Stills, will be shown at the Beneath The Waves Film Festival in Florida

March 20, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida (USA) with Benthic Ecology Meeting @ the University of North Florida (closed to the Benthic Ecology Meeting).

March 21, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida (USA) at Jacksonville University in the Gooding Auditorium – 7pm. Open to public!

Sunday, February 2

2:30 pm

The Viola da Gamba Dojo

Candlemas Concert

Hudson View Gardens

Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street

New York, NY


March 21 2013 at National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC I presented at the DASER series arts and sciences panel.  Check it out on the NAS events website.  The program can be viewed on the CPNAS youtube channel.

March 22  World Water Day

March 23 Earth Hour

March 24-25 Ana Masry Band performance in Boston, Massachusetts

April 16, 6pm – Presentation at Ethology Investigates – Invasive Species E-Conference

April 19, 8pm – Ana Masry Band performance at Artisphere (Washington DC)

July 18 – World Listening Day

August 25 6:30pm –Ana Masry Band performance at  Busboys and Poets (Washington DC)

September 21 @8pm – Laz Tiyas performance at Celebration concert – Flory Jagoda, Library of Congress (Washington DC)   [Free, but tickets required]

October 9 – World Habitat Day

November concert series in DC


February 2 – World Wetlands Day

March 9-11 – International Congress of Jugglers (at the University of Maryland)

March 22 – World Water Day

March 31 8:30pm local time – Earth Hour

April 22 – Earth Day!!!!    and in DC, Folger Shakespeare Library open house with stage combat demos 1-4pm

May 6 – @7pm  Ana Masry Band performance at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC

May 20 – @4pm  Early music concert with Maryland Cantabile and Capitol Consort of Viols at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park, MD

May 12 – International Migratory Bird Day

May 17 – Whale Shark Tourism Season opens

May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity

June 5 – World Environment Day – I celebrated with high school students in Isla Mujeres, Mexico – stay tuned for video of the awesome songs they wrote!

June 8 – World Oceans Day

July tba – 4th Annual International Whale Shark Festival

September/October – Crab migration in Cancun

September 9 – Houston, TX  Tribute Concert to Dominik Zuchowicz

September 15 – International Coastal Cleanup Day


March 26 2011 – Earth Hour

April 22 2011 – Earth Day!

May 20-23 – Blue Vision Summit (Washington, DC)

July 16 – Whale Shark Conference, Isla Mujeres

July 18 – World Listening Day

September/October – Diana Reiss “Dolphin in the Mirror” Book Tour

September/October – Crab migration (Cancun, Mexico)

November – Semana Nacional por la Conservacion (Mexico)

November – Deployment of “Listening” EAR project with Jason deCaires Taylor

December – “Ana Masry” performance at Busboys and Poets is SOLD OUT – stay tuned for upcoming repeat performances!


March 22, 2010 – World Water Day

March 27, 2010 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time – EARTH HOUR turn off your lights!

April 22 – EARTH DAY!!!

April 22-May 2 – Cancun schools, Earth Day programs and contests

April 25 – Cancun, Sculpture Contest

April 29-30 – Cancun Dance celebration, cello flamenco bird puppets, evenings at Casa de la Cultura

June 19, 2010 – Stay tuned for more info on World Juggling Day

July 17, 2010 ~ Third Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres

July 18, 2010 ~ World Listening Day with events worldwide, including Isla Mujeres

November 29 – December 10 ~ COP 16 & CMP 6 (UNFCCC), Cancun



20th – World Conservation Day

26th – Environmental Education Day

31st – Cancun Orchestra Concert


2nd – International Wetlands Day

Friday, February 20, Cancun Mexico, Sustainability Presentation at Unicaribe

Saturday, February 21, Cancun Mexico, Flamenco Performance

Saturday, February 28, Cancun Mexico, Reciclaton Recycling Event

Friday, March 6, Cancun Mexico, another Sustainability Presentation at Unicaribe


Workshop: Boarding Actions CANCUN: Pirates in the Caribbean

Conference: World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in Mexico City

July 15-17, Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Whale Shark Festival

Oct 4, Washington DC – Sylvia Earle at National Cathedral

Nov 14, Cancun, Mexico – Flamenco Show with Puppets, Cello, and more