KMEA Hall of Fame
Harold A. Decker
Inducted in 1995
Harold A. Decker was born in Belleville, Kansas, and later moved to Sioux City, Iowa. He earned the A.B. and M.B. degrees at Oberlin College (Ohio), and was later honored by his alma mater with the Doctor of Music Degree. Decker taught at Hawarden, Iowa, then taught 14 years as head of the voice and choral departments at Wichita University. While in Wichita, he became the first director of the Wichita Choral Society and the Wichita Symphony Chorus. In 1957, Decker became Chairman of the Choral Division at the University of Illinois School of Music. He co-authored two books, Choral Conducting: A Symposium, and Choral Conducting: Focus on Communications. Decker has served as president of ACDA, received the ACDA Distinguished Service Award, represented the U.S. at the 28th annual Handel Conference and Festival in Halle, Germany, and was presented the Distinguished Conductor Award at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainbleau, France.