Philharmonic Chorus Master Monica Dekle Announces Resignation

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Savannah Philharmonic shared the news that Chorus Master Dr. Monica Dekle will not be renewing her contract with the Philharmonic Chorus, effective at the end of the current season in May 2018. Dekle has led the Chorus for four years in this part-time role, which she has combined with her full-time job as Director of Music and Organist at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church. This move will enable her to commit more time to her primary position at Wesley Monumental and to spend more quality time with her family.

Chairman of the Board of the Philharmonic, Austin Hill, said “The Board of Directors and staff of the Savannah Philharmonic are extremely grateful to Dr. Monica Harper Dekle for her extraordinary leadership of our chorus. Her hard work and dedication are evident in our performances, and we will value her family’s continued support of the Savannah Philharmonic.” 

 “I have seldom made decisions regarding the future of the Savannah Philharmonic that carried the weight that accompanied my decision as to who would lead the 110-strong Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. Having personally ensured their artistic growth since 2007, handing the Chorus over to another musician is like bringing your child to daycare for the first time and then pretending that it's perfectly normal to wave and walk away. Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and Conductor. “All the more wonderful it is then – to know with surety, as I have done now for many years – that Monica Dekle was the right choice to be first Chorus Master of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. At every concert, at every rehearsal and otherwise, she has exceeded expectations in every way. It's been a wonderful journey for all of us who have been privy to her keen musicianship and stellar work ethic. Thank you, Monica. You will be a hard act to follow.”

Dekle, and her husband Andrew Dekle, who sits on the board of the Savannah Philharmonic, have pledged their continued support of the organization. A new Chorus Master is being sought to work with Shannon as the Philharmonic approaches its tenth season (2018-19) this fall.