Dr. Monica Dekle
Dr. Monica Dekle, Chorus Master
Described as a “bold and virtuosic interpreter” whose “every musical strand is remarkably clear, inventive, and resourceful” (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), Dr. Monica Harper Dekle is a prize-winning, nationally recognized musician. She moved back to her home state of Georgia in August 2011 with her appointment as Director of Music and Organist at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah, and she was appointed Chorusmaster of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus in July 2014. At Wesley, she provides organ music for weekly Services and directs the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choirs. Under her direction the Chancel Choir has grown to 51 members and has sung concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral and Cologne Cathedral. She instituted the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life program at Wesley which now has over 60 young singers, grades K-5.
Monica earned the Doctor of Music degree, summa cum laude, at the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with double majors in Organ and Church Music and double minors in Choral and Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at I. U. she taught courses on faculty as the Associate Instructor of Organ and Church Music. She holds the Master’s degree in Organ and Church Music from Baylor University and the Artium Baccalaureus degree in Organ, Piano, and Accounting from Wesleyan College.
Monica has won prizes at the national level including 3rd prize in the 2006-2008 National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance, 2nd prize in the Rodland Music and Organ National Competition for three consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008), 2nd prize in the 2005 Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition for Young Professionals, and was a finalist in the 2008 Arthur Poister National Competition in Organ Playing. She also received the 2008 National Music Week Alliance Award for demonstrated excellence in music.