Michael Decker coordinates the Music Department's programs in guitar performance and music industry. A graduate of Millersville University and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Decker is nationally recognized for his work as a performer, conductor, pedagogue, author, and arts administrator.
Decker performs as a freelance musician in Baltimore and Washington. He has performed and recorded with the Baltimore and National Symphony orchestras and performed as orchestral musician for the Kennedy Center Opera House, Baltimore Opera, Center Stage, Lyric Theatre, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Res Musica, Folger Shakespeare Theatre and Choral Arts Society. Mr. Decker has played on over one hundred recording sessions for commercial records, television and film, including two Grammy award and one RIAA-certified gold record. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. In 2002 Decker performed on mandolin and bouzouki with Placido Domingo and the Washington National Opera for the Asian tour.
Decker recently became President of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40=543 of the American Federation of Musicians. His most recent recording with colleague Luis Engelke, is Songs, Reminiscences and Impressions: Music for Trumpet and Guitar on the Tijuca Music label.