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
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
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
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.