About Anne Decker-Beck
Anne Decker-Beck with William Hebert, 1983.
"Flutist Anne Decker produces full romantic sonorities and flowing lines."
- Wilma Salisbury of The Cleveland Plain Dealer,1984
Anne Decker-Beck graduated Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance, from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Berea, Ohio, where she was privileged to study with William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra. She achieved the following successes during baccalaureate studies: Winner of the B-W Concerto Competition as a Junior, Principal flutist B-W Symphony Orchestra, Flutist with the 50th, 51st and 52nd Bach Festival Orchestras, including the 50th Anniversary Bach Festival Kennedy Center broadcast tour on NPR and PBS. She was the featured solo artist performing in the premiere Cleveland Focus Festival of Contemporary Music. She performed with the St. Rene Goupil Parish Orchestra and Choir at the Private Papal Audience of Pope John Paul II, Vatican City in April 1990.
Ms. Beck studied with Ervin Monroe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while in high school. Her post graduate work includes private study with Trevor Wye, Royal Northern College of Music, U.K, Amy Porter, Professor of Flute, University of Michigan. and Jeffery Zook, piccoloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She studied piano from the age of five including a long tenure of development and pedagogy instruction under the tutelage of Arvi Sinka, PhD., Arvi Sinka Piano Studio in Troy, Michigan, www.arvisinka.com.
Anne Decker-Beck established Decker Music Studio in 1998. She teaches private music lessons to flute and piano students of all ages (click on age-specific pages for more information). She instructs band sectionals and chamber music coaching throughout Southeastern Michigan. Students earn the highest ratings at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals, in young artists' competitions, and in Michigan Music Teachers Association Annual Student Achievement Testing. Students perform in youth ensembles such as Oakland Youth Orchestra, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, MSBOA Honors Band Programs, Detroit Civic Flute Ensemble and attend summer music camps at Interlochen and Blue Lake. While some students choose to study music at the advanced or collegiate level, others will view music as an enjoyable supplement to their academic pursuits.
Ms. Beck is a freelance musician, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and with area orchestral and wind ensembles. She is the founder and artistic director of Concerts at St. Paul's chamber music series where also performs in concert. She has performed with large ensembles in the Metropolitan Detroit area including The Macomb Symphony, The International Symphony Orchestra (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), The Spectrum Orchestra, and Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble.
Flute Clinician, Lake Orion Community Schools and Romeo Community Schools (2012- to date)
Mrs. Decker-Beck teaches flute clinics for musical development of Middle- and High -School Bands. She coaches flute choirs and woodwind ensembles in preparation for competitions and events. She conducts sectional rehearsals for school and community concerts.
Artistic Director, Chamber Music at St. Paul's, Romeo (2014 - to date)
The St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chamber Music Series features local musicians in concert. For more information on the series and St. Paul's Church click on this website tab: "Our Partnership with St. Paul's, Romeo". Contact: 586-752-0824. See the page: "Partnership with St. Paul's" on this website.
Past President, Southeast Michigan Flute Association (2017-2019)
The Southeast Michigan Flute Association (SEMFA) is a non-profit flute organization that serves as a platform for students, amateurs, professionals, teachers and lovers of the flute to connect. Members include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section, university and college professors, regional orchestral flutists, chamber musicians, and students of all ages. SEMFA hosts recitals, masterclasses, and an annual flute festival. For more information: www.semfa.org
Publicty Secretary, Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble (2017- 2022)
The Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble (SEMWE) was created to provide a performance and social outlet for music teachers and other similarly qualified musicians. Mrs. Decker-Beck worked with print, social and broadcast media to promote SEMWE quarterly performances.
Flute Section Leader, Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble (2017- 2021)
Mrs. Beck played principal flute with Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble (SEMWE) during its inaugural year the following four consecutive years. The mission of SEMWE is to educate and share music with the local community and to promote wind ensemble literature as a form of communication and cultural enrichment. For more information and concert schedule: www.semwe.org
Adjudicator, Rachel Stornant Junior Artists Competition, Southeast Michigan Flute Association (2017 - 2019)
The SEMFA Junior Artist Competition is an annual prize open to young Michigan flutists. Mrs. Decker-Beck has adjudicated the final round of competitions at the Annual SEMFA Fall Flute Festivals.
Citizen Musician Initiative
Mrs. Decker-Beck embraces the Citizen Musician initiative which exists to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life by creating and enhancing communities through music. A Citizen Musician strives to transcend technique, to create empathy, and to direct the value and relevance of music toward positive social change. The Citizen Musician rationale is: music can bring beauty and hope to people’s lives and create connections between people. For these reasons, music has the power to create stronger and more vibrant communities. Citizen Musicianship results from the actions of those who embrace the transformative power of music and use it to inspire others. A Citizen Musician constantly asks themselves, how can music enrich my community? Citizen Musicians include individuals and organizations who share these aspirations. For More Information: www.citizenmusician.org/about
Founding Chairperson, Metropolitan Detroit Musicians League Woodwind Student Achievement Testing (1992-2013)
As the founding Chairperson of the Metropolitan Detroit Woodwind Studetn Achievement Testing, Mrs. Decker-Beck developed the standardized, sequential testing of performance, technique, aural theory, written theory and sight reading for private woodwind music students in the Metropolitan Detroit area. These achievement tests continue to serve as the MDML curricula. This program is administered by MDML, Michigan Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. For more information: www.mdmlonline.org.