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Dr. Bradley D Decker

Dr. Bradley D Decker

Music Composition & Theory

Office: 0349 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-3010
Fax: 217-581-7137
Email: bddecker@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.braddecker.org

Brad Decker’s music focuses upon the combination of disparate gestures, the exploration of timbre, architectural ratios, and often draws on influences from music of all parts of the world. He was a participant in the 2011 Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music, Auvillar, France, a selected finalist for the Bourges 30e and 31Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiquesthe IV Edition Pierre Schaeffer International Competition of Computer Music, the 2005 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Competitionand the 2004 Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo.His music has received performances at numerous American festivals, including Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Society of Composers, Inc., Electronic Music Midwest, Southeastern Composers’ League, International Computer Music Conference, Oakland Festival of Contemporary Music, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art (Minneapolis), New Music Café (Illinois Wesleyan University) and the Northwestern Electro-Acoustic Music Organization.

Dr. Decker received his DMA in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation on the late works of Franco Donatoni was published in January 2006, on which topic he continues to lecture and publish articles. While his most recent scholarly publications and lectures address Donatoni’s late chamber music style, he is currently studying Donatoni’s many solo works. He is currently Instructor of music composition and theory at Eastern Illinois University.

Frequently Taught Courses

MUS 1570, 3570, 5570 - Composition
MUS 2070 - Electronic Music Studio Techniques
MUS 3547 - Orchestration
MUS 3542 - Post Tonal Analysis
MUS 1541 to 2544 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I - IV
MUS 5890 - Special Topics (Composition)


D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M. M. University of Tennessee - Knoxville

B. M. Eastern Illinois University 

Selected Publications

"Preserving the Fragment: Franco Donatoni's Late Chamber Music Style" in Perspective of New Music 46, No. 2 (Summer 2008)

Selected Conference Presentations

Aries Composers Conference - Colorado State University
November 7, 2011
"Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni's Late Chamber Music"

Serpentine for Timpani and 4-channel Electroacoustic Accompaniment
October 28, 2011 - Electroacoustic Barn Dance
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 

Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music
Auvillar, France
June 26 - July 4, 2011

Guest Lecture at the Istituto Musicale di Pietro Mascagni
Livorno, Italy
June 25, 2011
"Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni's Late Chamber Music"

Aspen Composers' Conference
Aspen, Colorado - 2007 
"Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni's Late Chamber Music"

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