Saint John’s staff member schedules recital

PHOTO PROVIDED Sarah Decker, shown above, will be having a recital on Aug. 5.

Saint John’s School of the Arts has announced a faculty voice recital from soprano Sara K. Decker at 3 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Saint John’s Newberry Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St.

Decker, who has been on the school’s staff for 14 years as a private instructor, will be performing a variety of songs by iconic composers in multiple languages at the recital.

“Those who have heard Sarah sing know that her talent and experience speaks for itself,” said the school’s director, Anne J. Keely. “But even more importantly, as an individual and instructor, she approaches her music and her life with integrity, enthusiasm and humility. These are the qualities that affirm the school’s philosophy and truly make it a joy to hear her sing.

“We are delighted that Sarah is planning this recital,” added Keely. “We know it will be an enjoyable and inspiring afternoon for everyone who attends.”

Being a versatile performer, Decker is no stranger to blending genres and eras. Her operatic credits include playing Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Frau Silberklang in “Impresario,” and the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah.” She also recently played Marian Paroo in the Community Theatre League’s rendition of “The Music Man,” and performs locally with the Williamsport Civic Chorus.

A proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Decker was one of 14 people to receive the 2018 Joan Frey Boytim Award for Award for Independent Teachers, which is a fellowship that will assist in her attendance to this year’s NATS National Conference in Las Vegas.

“Love of singing and the voice allows me to champion and encourage my students in their own journey, no matter the age, ability or aspiration,” Decker said. “I especially want my students to know that we are never finished products, and that it’s never too late to pursue a dream or try something new.”

In that spirit, Decker’s upcoming recital will see works from Handel, Schumann, Ravel, Bizet and Mozart, among others. Those will be complimented by Libby Larsen’s “Cowboy Songs” as well as a rendition of the classic children’s story “Goodnight Moon,” by Eric Whitacre.

“While one of the school’s goals is to provide opportunities for our students to perform in public, it always enhances their learning when their instructor shares their craft in a public and professional forum,” said Keely. “All of our faculty are passionate about what they do and they are hired because of their talent, proficiency, experience and desire to encourage each student in their learning and life.

“When a student feels that passion, they are drawn into the experience, become eager to learn and grow as artists and human beings,” Keely added.