Gregory J. Decker
Position: Assistant Professor (theory)
Address: 2143 Moore Musical Arts Center
Dr. Gregory J. Decker is an active scholar in the field of music theory, with research focusing on the analysis of opera, especially systems of meaning in Baroque music dramas. His dissertation explores the formation of musical topics and other music-cultural associations in the late Baroque and how these associations might be applied to critical dramatic readings of characters in Handel’s Italian-language operas. Related research interests include style and structure in vocal polyphony of the Renaissance and early Baroque and the analysis of opera from this earlier period, musical manifestations of cultural associations in general, the analysis of songs, and the role of Schenkerian theory in these pursuits. Greg has presented his research at regional and national meetings, including Music Theory Southeast, the Texas Society for Music Theory, and the American Handel Society. He received the Colvin Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the Texas Society for Music Theory’s 2011 meeting. Greg earned the M.Mus. and Ph.D. in music theory from the Florida State University, where he served as a teaching assistant for each of his years of study; he was nominated for the university-wide Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2008. Greg, a native of Cleveland, OH, also holds the B.Mus. degree in music education from Ohio Northern University, where he was an active singer, accompanist, and conductor.