Tulip Time Organ Recitals Run
Wednesday-Saturday, May 16-19
Posted May 8, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College will feature a series of
organ recitals in conjunction with the 2001 Tulip Time
The recitals will run on Wednesday-Saturday, May
16-19, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the campus of Hope College.
The programs will begin
every half hour, starting from 10 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. on
Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18, and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
on Saturday, May 19.
The public is invited. Admission is free. Historic Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.
Eleven different organists will perform throughout
the week. The performers will be: Robert Abbott, Marie
Blauwkamp, Elizabeth Claar, Thomas Gouwens, Joy Huttar, Huw
Lewis, Patricia Pratt, David Schout, Krista Shinew, Linda
Strouf and David Whitehouse.
Robert Abbott is liturgical music assistant at the
National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak. He is
also currently pursuing a master of music degree at the
University of Michigan, from which he received the Robert
Glasgow Scholarship in Organ Performance in 1999. He is a
1998 graduate of Hope, where he was a pupil of Huw Lewis.
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.
Elizabeth Claar has served as organist for
Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches in
Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York, and has presented
recitals in New York, Michigan and West Virginia. She has
studied organ with Huw Lewis for the past year. She will
begin a master of music degree at the University of Michigan
in the fall, studying with Robert Glasgow.
Thomas Gouwens graduated from Hope in 1972, and
completed a doctorate in organ performance with honors from
the University of Kansas in August of 1997. He currently
lives in Chicago, Ill., and is minister of music at St. Paul
Lutheran Church and School in Melrose Park, Ill. He is also
a visiting professor in music at Concordia University of
River Forest, Ill., where he also directs the Festival
Choir. He 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,
graduating 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 22nd year as organist at
Grace Episcopal Church in Holland.
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. He 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. He
maintains a full performing schedule and was a featured
artist in 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.
Patricia Pratt graduated from Hope in 1981 having
studied organ with Roger Davis. She teaches private piano
and organ lessons, and is organist and director of music
ministries at Resurrection Reformed Church, where her
husband, Paul, is a minister. They live in Flint and have a
son, Phillip, who is a Hope student, and a high school-age
David Schout is organist and choir director at St.
Peter's United Church of Christ in South Bend, Ind. This
fall, he will pursue a master's in organ performance at
either the University of Michigan or the College-
Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati. He is a 2000
graduate of Hope, where he studied organ with Huw Lewis and
piano with Charles Aschbrenner.
Krista Shinew graduated from Hope this spring with
a degree in organ performance, having studied with Huw
Lewis. She has given numerous recitals locally in
Saugatuck, Grand Rapids and Holland, and internationally in
Toronto and on Prince Edward Island. In August, she will
continue her organ studies at the University of Michigan,
studying with Robert Glasgow.
Linda Strouf is the fine arts division recruiting
coordinator and an adjunct assistant professor of music at
Hope. She is also minister of music at Third Reformed
Church in Holland. A 1984 Hope graduate, she studied
harpsichord with Anthony Kooiker and earned her degree in
vocal and instrumental music education. She earned a
master's in organ performance in 1986 from the University of
Wyoming. She currently serves as treasurer of the Holland
Area Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
David Whitehouse, who is a 1976 Hope graduate, is
director of instrumental music at St. Mark's Episcopal
Church in Geneva, Ill. He has been organist and choirmaster
at Episcopal churches in Barrington, Ill., Park Ridge, Ill.,
Chicago, Ill., and Arden, N.C. He holds a master of music
degree in piano from Northwestern University, and has done
postgraduate study at the Royal School of Church Music in
Croydon, England, and Clare College in Cambridge, England.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.