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Soloists and Faculty

Dede Decker

Deanna Dee Decker was born in Eugene Oregon, USA. She began her musical degree in 1982 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mark Lawrence; principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony. While in San Francisco, she performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet Orchestra. In 1987, after receiving her bachelor degree, and freelancing with the finest Orchestras in the Bay area, she moved to Chicago to study with Jay Friedman; principal trombonist with the Chicago Symphony. She played second trombone in the Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also received classes with Charlie Vernon, base trombonist of the CSO, and the legendary Arnold Jacobs, principal tuba of the CSO.

Since 1989 she has been the principal trombonist of one the finest Orchestras in Spain; the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife”, as well as a professor at the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música” in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. She has performed as a soloist with her orchestra on 5 different occasions. Among these 5 Concertos; F. David, L. Grondahl, J. Sandstrom´s “echos de eternidad” a concerto for two trombones with Christian Lindberg as the conductor and second soloist, and two European debuts; Eric Ewazen´s trombone concerto and the Ewazen triple concerto, both of which Ewazen attended.

She has given master classes in Spain, Croatia and the USA, where she also performed as a soloist.

Her plan in 1989 was to play in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra for one year to gain musical experience in a fine Orchestra, as well enjoy living abroad on a beautiful island. She now considers Tenerife her home after spending over half of her life there enjoying the orchestra, her students and everything else the beautiful island of eternal spring has to offer.

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