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Pamela

Decker

Composer and
Organist

 

"Decker's music demands to be heard."

The American Organist

"Pamela Decker is a vibrant example of the composer-performer...She is a confident and purposeful performer throughout...the organ's power and versatility is always masterfully employed. To Decker the organ is not a playground of titillating sounds, but a grand instrument whose core registers never exhaust their interest." 

Gramophone 

"Decker always performs impeccably, combining unerring accuracy, rhythmic precision, and energy with an ardent musicality that invariably astounds." 

- The Diapason

"The combination of ingenious and elegant craft with a sheer delight in organ sonority and éclat is a compelling one, and forms a veracity perhaps not always a given in 'modern' organ music....If you want brilliance, energy, elegance and vitality in equal measure in music that is idiomatic, beautifully crafted and hand-in-glove with its instrument, look no further." 

- Choir & Organ

"Decker's music is challenging, powerful, engaging, and inimitable. It reflects her ebullient spirit in its energy and complexity of rhythm and counterpoint." 

The American Organist

 
 

PAMELA DECKER is Professor of Organ/Music Theory at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson and serves as Director of Music/Organist at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley, Arizona. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Stanford University, with emphasis in both performance practices and composition. During her period of graduate work at Stanford, she studied both organ and composition as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. She has won prizes in national and international competitions as both performer and composer. At the University of Arizona, she was awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for Research/Creative Activity (as the first arts-related winner in the history of the university), as well as the College of Fine Arts Award for Teaching Excellence. 

As both recitalist and composer, Pamela Decker has been active in the United States, Europe, the Baltic Region, and Canada. She has been a featured recitalist in many conventions and festivals, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention, two AGO regional conventions, the Annual Conference on Organ Music at the University of Michigan, the Twice Festival, the Redlands Organ Festival, Tallinn International Organ Festival, and the Festival International d'Orgue de Monaco. Her works for various instruments and/or ensembles are published by Wayne Leupold Editions, C.F. Peters, Hinshaw, Augsburg Fortress, World Library Publications, and Oxford University Press. Her compositions have been performed in at least nineteen countries and recorded commercially on the Albany, Loft, Gothic, ReZound (Loft), Arkay, and Arktos labels. Leading performers such as Douglas Cleveland (Gothic: Celestial Fire), Janice Beck (Albany 282: Janice Beck Performs Works of Pamela Decker), and Christa Rakich (ReZound: Christa Rakich in Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral) have recorded major works by Pamela Decker on recordings that have received excellent reviews in many journals. Pamela Decker's disc on the Albany label, Flights of Fancy, recently received a rave review in the "Classical Hall of Fame" section of Fanfare, in which she was acclaimed as "one of America's most intrepid virtuoso organists." Of the Loft Recordings disc entitled Decker Plays Decker: Desert Wildflowers (LRCD 1076) , a Gramophone review referred to Decker as "an organist noble in the Bach line...as a composer-performer she falls clearly into the lineage from which Bach and Duruflé are but two points on a long and distinguished timeline." 

Pamela Decker has been named AGO Distinguished Composer for 2018; as part of this designation, she was awarded a commission for a 40-minute organ solo work that will be premiered as an evening event at the 2018 AGO national convention in Kansas City. Pamela Decker's list of works includes music for organ, piano, and harpsichord duo, as well as choral, vocal, and orchestral works. Elegy and Dances, her concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra (also in a version for alto saxophone and organ; both versions published by C.F. Peters) was premiered in the Great Hall of Moscow-Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow by saxophonist Frederick Hemke and organist Douglas Cleveland, both of whom have enjoyed illustrious careers at both national and international levels. El Tigre, her concerto for organ and orchestra, was premiered at the Eastern Music Festival under the baton of Gerard Schwarz, long-time conductor of the Seattle Symphony and the Director of the Eastern Music Festival; concert organist Edie Johnson was the soloist. In the spring of 2016, Pamela Decker's art song cycle, Haven: Songs of Mystery and of Memory, was released as a commercial CD (Albany/Troy 1621). Critics have praised the music and performances as "direct and immediate in their appeal...covering a wide spectrum of the human condition, exhibiting pathos, wistfulness, tenderness, and unexpected joy." The music is described as "achingly beautiful and memorable," as well as "poignant and enduring." The texts (also by Pamela Decker) have been praised as "simply arresting," and the playing hailed as "faultless" (Fanfare). The cycle also has received positive reviews in response to concert performance. Decker's SATB/organ anthem, Taste and See, was recently published by C.F. Peters and has been performed in concert and liturgical settings across the country.

Pamela Decker is represented by Seven Eight Artists.

 

Events

 

World Premiere of The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ

July 3, 2018, 7:00 and 8:30 PM
2018 AGO National Convention
Village Presbyterian Church
Prairie Village, Kansas

Performance The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ

February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

Catalina United Methodist Church

Tucson, Arizona

Organist Douglas Cleveland in recital with choreographed dance led by Kaley Jensen

Lecture: Composition and the Creative Process

March 2, 2019, 10:00 AM

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior

Green Valley, Arizona

Southern Arizona AGO Chapter Event

German Premiere of "Windows of the Spirit"

March 17, 2019, 4:30 PM

Marienbasilika

Kevelaer, Germany

Performance by Jens Korndörfer, organist

Finnish Premiere of "Windows of the Spirit"

March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM

Rovaniemi Church

Rovaniemi, Finland

Performance by Jens Korndörfer, organist

Performances of Compositions

March 22, 2019, 12:30 PM

First Unitarian Universalist Church

San Diego, California

March 22, 2019, 5:00 PM

Mission San Luis Rey

Oceanside, California

Emma Whitten, organist

Performance of Psalm 139 for Organ

March 24, 2019, 5:15 PM

St. Thomas Church

New York, New York

Edward Landin, organist

Performance of "Albarda" from Flores del Desierto

March 25, 2019, 1:30 PM

Presbyterian Homes

Evanston, Illinois


Lynn Dobson, organist 

Performances of Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ for Solo Organ

March 25, 2019, 7:00 PM

Saint Aloysius Catholic Church 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

March 31, 2019, 4:00 PM

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

April 7, 2019, 4:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Onamia, Minnesota

April 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Excelsior, Minnesota

Jacob Benda, organist

Faculty Recital: Bach and the Mid-Century Modernists

March 31, 2019, 4:00 PM

Holsclaw Hall

University of Arizona, Tucson

Part of the Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ Recital Series

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