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Gretchen Dekker

Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Gretchen (Elicker) Dekker began her formal music training in piano locally at age eight. She continued her studies at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore and, following her graduation from Northeastern High School, she entered the Peabody Conservatory and graduated with honors in 1989.

Pursuing a strong interest in the harpsichord, she auditioned for and was accepted by Gustav Leonhardt as one of four pupils in his international class from 1989-1991. During her time of residence in Amsterdam, she studied both harpsichord and organ and performed recitals throughout the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

In 1993, Gretchen received a Master’s Degree with high academic honors and special recognition for distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and has since concertized as both a soloist and collaborative artist in the mid-Atlantic region. She has been featured as a soloist with the Peabody Chamber Symphony, the York Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Concertante Chamber Ensemble and currently serves as an adjunct professor of piano and solfege and a staff accompanist on the faculty of York College.

Mrs. Dekker resides on a farm north of York with her husband and children, where she maintains a small private piano studio. In addition to her teaching and professional concert work she is, together with local musician friends and colleagues, working toward the formation of a community school for the performing arts in the York area.