Biography

Pamela Decker is Professor of Organ/Music Theory at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Organist at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (also in Tucson). She performs under the representation of Phyllis Stringham Concert Management. Her organ compositions are published by Wayne Leupold Editions; there are also publications with C.F. Peters, Hinshaw, Augsburg Fortress, and World Library Publications. As a recording artist she is represented on the Albany, Bainbridge, CRI, Arkay, and Loft/Gothic labels.

She has performed 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 National Convention (opening recital in 1992), the Annual Conference on Organ Music at the University of Michigan, The Twice Festival, the Region V Convention of the American Guild of Organists, The Redlands Organ Festival, and the Tallinn International Organ Festival. Her works for organ have been performed at least nineteen countries and recorded commercially on Albany, Loft, Gothic, ReZound (Loft), Arkay, and Arktos labels. Albany 140, entitled “Flights of Fancy,” has received much critical acclaim for Pamela Decker as both performer and composer. Leading performers such as Douglas Cleveland (Gothic: Celestial Fire), Janice Beck (Albany 383: 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 holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University. She has also studied both organ and composition as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. She has won prizes in national and international competitions as performer and composer. In 2004 she was awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for Research/Creative Activity at the University of Arizona, and in 2000 she was awarded the College of Fine Arts Award for Teaching Excellence, also at the university.