Dr. Katherine Geeseman-Decker
Assistant Professor of Cello and Double Bass
Department of Music
DMA from Florida State University
MM from Florida State University
BM from Valparaiso University
Applied String Bass
Dr. Katherine Decker is the Assistant Professor of Cello and Double Bass at the University of Texas at Brownsville. She made her solo debut with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and since then, has performed extensively as a solo and chamber artist. Since 2011, Dr. Decker has been a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhakē. This contemporary classical chamber music ensemble has been awarded the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009), First Prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (2008), received the Judges’ Special Recognition Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition (2008), was awarded the James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship (2009), was a finalist of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2011), was a semi-finalist at the Concert Artists Guild Competition (2009) and also received the American Composers Forum’s Encore grant in addition to multiple Musical Associate Grants from FSU.
They have held residencies at the OK Mozart festival (2008-present), Texas A & M University, University of Costa Rica, Bach Institute of Music (San Jose, Costa Rica), National Superior Institute of Music (Moravia, Costa Rica), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brasil), Federal University of Goias (Brasil), Universidade de Brasilia and Mesa State College in addition to performances at the Pan-Music Festival at the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea) and on the James A. Sclater Chamber Music Series (Mississippi College), the Tallahassee Artist Series, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Newman Series, Appleton Museum Chamber Series (Ocala, FL) and Friday Musicale concert series (Jacksonville, FL) to name a few. enhakē performed the ICMEC Winners’ concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (2008) and returned 3 May 2010 to perform a recital entitled “American Portrait” which included the premiere of Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Reina del Cielo— a piece written for the group.
They have recently been invited to join the faculty at the Perugia Music Festival in Perugia, Italy as well as to serve as the Chamber Ensemble in residence for the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA) where they act as principal players within the symphony and perform multiple chamber concerts each season. They have recorded extensively and can be heard on NPR stations across the country as well as on their Naxos label disc (released 11/2011) that includes the premier recordings of Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Queen of Heaven and Peter Lieuwen’s Gulfstream.
Before her time with enhakē, Dr. Decker was a member of the Eppes String Quartet with whom she performed throughout the United States and as a part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century series in Costa Rica. Dr. Decker has also participated in the Texas Music Festival (Quartet Artist in Residence), the International Festival and Institute at Round Top, Meadowmount School of Music and the Miami Quartet’s Advanced String Quartet Seminar. Additionally she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the Elgin Symphony and the Albany Symphony Orchestra to name a few. She has performed in master classes with Zuill Bailey, Thomas Landschoot, the Miami String Quartet, and Wesley Baldwin. Dr. Decker received her MM and DMA from the Florida State University and has studied under Daniel Morganstern, Paul Olefsky and Gregory Sauer.
Dr. Decker has also been credited by Mr. Daniel Morganstern for her work in helping to develop the book, Fundamentals of Cello Technique, currently published by International Music Company. Published in 2012 by IMC, she co-edited Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor Opus 129 Commentary and Practice Exercises for Cello and Optional Second Cello with Mr. Morganstern. She also does extensive research in the field of unknown 19th century cello repertoire and published her treatise on Georg Goltermann’s cello music in 2011.