Murray Decock - Music Faculty - Colgate University

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Murray Decock

Murray Decock

Senior Vice President for External Relations, Advancement and Initiatives
Institutional Advancement, 14 Utica Street - 3rd Floor
p 315-228-7489


  • BA, Colgate University
  • MM, piano performance, Indiana University School of Music
  • DMA, piano performance, University of Maryland.


Decock has performed as soloist with regional and college orchestras throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, including several appearances with the Colgate University Concert Orchestra.

At Colgate, he served as accompanist and assistant conductor to the Colgate University Chorus from 1987 through 1994. During that time Decock accompanied the chorus on two tours of Europe, performing on the piano and organ in the churches and cathedrals of Venice, Milan, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna, as well as St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.  He also regularly taught courses in piano literature and theory.

Teaching Experience

Decock serves as an instructor in piano.


The Piano Sonatas of Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte.

Beyond Music

Decock has served as vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement since 2002. He most recently served as the director for Colgate's Passion for the Climb campaign (2007–2012), leading a team that raised $480 million, surpassing a $400 million goal against some of the most daunting economic headwinds.

In addition to overseeing advancement, alumni relations, career services, communications, external relations, and community affairs, Decock has helped develop the architecture and implementation for institution-wide programs in leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness. He also serves on the Institutional Advancement & Communications and Nominating, Governance and Trustee Development committees of the Board of Trustees.

Working with faculty, admissions, and the dean of students staff, he helped to create and fund Colgate's signature Benton Scholars Program, a competitive admissions and recruitment initiative that attracts students from all over the world to study and engage deeply in the most significant global issues of our time.