posted May 11, 2000

Tulip Time Organ Recitals

The resonating sound of the organ will once again fill Hope College's Dimnent Memorial Chapel during the 2000 Tulip Time Festival.

          Under the direction of Dr. Huw Lewis of the Hope
  music faculty, the college is presenting 20-minute programs
  every half hour.  The concerts run Wednesday-Saturday, May
  17 20, beginning at 10 a.m., with the last daily performance
  occurring at 1:30 p.m.
          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          Nine different organists will perform throughout
  the week.  The performers will be:  Marie Blauwkamp, Tom
  Gouwens, Joy Huttar, Huw Lewis, Thomas Reed, Ann Bloodgood
  Rowell, David Schout, Krista Ann Shinew and Linda Strouf.
          Marie Blauwkamp graduated from Hope College in
  1962, majoring in piano and music education.  She taught
  vocal music for 26 years at Byron Center Christian and
  Jenison Public Schools.  She is an organist and handbell
  director at Community Reformed and Bethel Christian Reformed
  Churches in Zeeland.  Blauwkamp studied piano with Anthony
  Kooiker, and organ with various teachers in the area.
          Tom Gouwens graduated from Hope College in 1972,
  and completed a doctorate in organ performance with honors
  from the University of Kansas in August, 1997.  Gouwens
  currently lives in Chicago and is minister of music at St.
  Paul Lutheran Church and school in Melrose Park, Ill.  He is
  also a visiting professor at Concordia University of River
  Forest, where he teaches musicology and choral conducting,
  and directs the Festival Choir.  Gouwens majored in organ
  and piano performance from Hope College.  He also holds a
  master's in organ performance from the University of
  Michigan.
          Joy Huttar graduated from Wheaton College in 1952
  with a degree in English literature.  After raising seven
  children, she began organ study with Roger E. Davis at Hope
  College, earning a bachelor's with a music major in 1984.
  Huttar is a member of the Holland Area Chapter of the
  American Guild of Organists (AGO), and holds the Colleague
  Certificate (CAGO) of the national AGO.  She is in her 21st
  year as organist at Grace Episcopal Church.
          Huw Lewis was born in Wales, educated at the Royal
  College of Music in London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge,
  and came to the University of Michigan to earn master's and
  doctoral degrees in music.  Lewis was appointed college
  organist and coordinator of the music theory program at Hope
  in the fall of 1990, and has chaired the department of
  music.  Before coming to Hope, Lewis spent 16 years in the
  Detroit area where he was director of music at St. John's
  Episcopal Church, director of the St. John's Bach Society,
  and choir director at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.
  Lewis maintains a full performing schedule and was a
  featured artist at the 1987 International Congress of
  Organists.  His playing has been broadcast nationally in
  both the U.S. and Britain.  He records regularly for the
  BBC.  
          Thomas Reed began organ study with Dr. Huw Lewis
  when he came to Hope College in 1990.  He graduated from
  Hope in 1993, and went to St. Louis, Mo., where he became a
  professional church musician.  In 1997, Reed was awarded a
  full scholarship to pursue graduate work with Dr. John Ditto
  at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri,
  Kansas City, and graduated in 1998 with honors.  Next year
  he will complete a doctorate.  Reed is organist at the
  Church of Our Lady of the Presentation in Lees Summit, Mo.,
  the largest Roman Catholic parish in the Diocese of Kansas
  City.
          Ann Bloodgood Rowell is a 1957 Hope graduate who
  majored in organ and music education and was a student of
  Roger Rietberg.  Rowell has served as a director of music
  and organist for several churches in New Jersey and taught
  music at schools in Michigan and New Jersey.  Additional
  organ studies were with Herbert Burtis.  She has also held
  leadership positions in worship and music for the United
  Methodist Church in Southern New Jersey.
          David Schout has been a student of Huw Lewis for
  the past six years.  This fall, Schout will pursue a
  master's in organ under Dr. Craig Cramer at the University
  of Notre Dame, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship
  in accompanying and teaching organ.  He will also serve as
  organist and choirmaster at St. Peter United Church of
  Christ in South Bend, Ind.
          Krista Ann Shinew is an organ performance major at
  Hope, where she studies with Huw Lewis.  Hope College named
  her a Presidential Scholar as well as the recipient of the
  Organ Scholarship and the Claryce Rozeboom Memorial
  Scholarship.  She currently serves as the organist,
  choirmaster and director of music at Our Redeemer
  Evangelical Lutheran Church of Muskegon.
          Linda Strouf is the fine arts division recruiting
  coordinator and an adjunct assistant professor of music at
  Hope College.  A 1984 Hope graduate, Strouf studied
  harpsichord with Anthony Kooiker and earned her degree in
  vocal and instrumental music education.  As an organist,
  Strouf has studied with Elizabeth Hamp, Arthur Birkby, and
  Huw Lewis.  She earned a master's in organ performance in
  1986 from the University of Wyoming.
          Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at the corner
  of 12th Street and College Avenue.