Faculty Profile: Huw Lewis
Professor of Music
Dr. Huw Lewis, professor of organ in Hope’s department
of music, greatly
values the college’s dedication to the arts.
“Hope is very unusual in the importance it places on the
arts in the generaleducation
curriculum,” he says. He notes that although many schools
introductory arts course in their curriculum, Hope goes a step
“At Hope, you have to create art, not just read about it.
You have to have a
hands on’ experience with it at some point. To me, this speaks
the value Hope places on the arts,” he
Dr. Lewis also appreciates the attitude of
the students at Hope. He notes that while
the arts often attract a competitive crowd,
he has never experienced the negative side
of competitiveness in his students.
“Jealousy among students is conspicuously
absent at Hope,” says Dr. Lewis.
“While students want to be their ‘best
selves,’ they also want others to succeed.”
In addition to interacting with goodnatured
students, Dr. Lewis finds that he
encounters an atmosphere of passion for
learning and teaching, which helps make
Hope the inviting place it is.
“When students come to visit our campus,
they invariably comment on the
warm feel to the place,” says Dr. Lewis.
“They say, ‘Everybody’s so nice,’ and I
know what they mean. But the reason
students — and faculty — are so good to
be around is that people are really excited
about being here. Their excitement is palpable.”
One of the aspects of teaching at Hope that Dr. Lewis particularly
the opportunity he has to interact with students from a broad range
“While I have professionally-oriented students who will go
on to graduate
school to pursue a degree in organ and church music, I also have
many disciplines who have never played the organ before. I get
to teach them
from scratch, and I love it,” he says.
Dr. Lewis says that the magnificent organ in his studio is evidence
students also appreciate the opportunity to study the organ, even
when they are
not music majors. “This organ was a gift from a grateful
alum,” he says. “But he
was not a music alum: he was a chemist who had studied organ here
interest in the organ was fostered while at Hope.”
Hope’s emphasis on providing such opportunities to students,
within the arts, helps to make it a place to which students develop
connections, according to Dr. Lewis. “Students feel very
much a part of a family
the Hope family — and that continues long after their degrees
This profile was written by Danielle K. Johnson, a 2008
Hope College graduate from Kalamazoo, Mich., for the 2008-09
Hope College Catalog.
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