Debora DeWitt, Assistant Professor of Music, teaches music history and piano at GRCC. Dr. DeWitt comes to GRCC most recently from Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana where she earned the rank of Associate Professor of Music and taught courses in piano, music theory, and composition from 1991 to 2007. She also served as Department Chair from 1999 – 2007. Dr. DeWitt earned the Ph.D. in music composition and the M.M. in Piano Performance from Michigan State University. Her B.A. in piano performance and theory-composition is from Calvin College.
Dr. DeWitt is an accomplished pianist and has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the midwest. Some recent performances include a recital with tubist, Dr. Robert Lynn, at Huntington University, Huntington Indiana; and a duo-piano recital with her piano partner, Dr. Sarah Miller, at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also appeared several times as a soloist and as a duo-pianist with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. DeWitt’s compositions have been performed throughout the world. Her most recent work, Gloria, was premiered in December 2007 by the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester College Choirs. The performance was conducted by Dr. Debra Lynn and featured tenor soloist, Mr. Ben Kambs. In May of 2007 her choral work Prayer for Peace was performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City in a concert featuring the Manchester a Cappella choir. This same choir performed Prayer for Peace during their 2005 In Pacem tour, with performances in the great cathedrals of Florence, Assisi, and Lucca, Italy. Three Portraits for piano four-hands was premiered by the famous duo-piano team of Dallas Weekley and Nancy Arganbright at the 1996 Indiana Music Teachers Convention. Her Song Cycle for a Bereaved Mother was performed by Hong Kong soprano Rosaline Pi at the Hong Kong University in 1995.
Dr. DeWitt is also an active adjudicator for both piano and composition contests, including the International Association of Women in Music annual composition contest, the Indiana Schools State Music Association district and state piano competitions, the Indiana Music Teachers Association district contests, the Music Teachers National Association State and Regional composition contests, several concerto competitions in Indiana, and the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions.
An experienced academic, in addition to teaching piano, music theory, and composition, Deb has taught courses in orchestration, aural skills, counterpoint, women in the arts, experiencing the arts, american music, computer applications in music, electronic music, 20th-century music, and sacred music.
Dr. DeWitt is a member of the American Society of Composers, MTNA [Music Teachers National Association]; MMTA [Michigan Music Teachers Association]; and CAMTA [Capital Area Music Teachers Association. She is a past member of College Music Society, and IMTA [Indiana Music Teachers Association] where she served on the Executive Board as theory coordinator for six years.