Musical Showcase Will Feature
Student's Diverse Keyboard
Posted February 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- When Susan DeKam decides it is time for
music practice, her first challenge is choosing which
instrument to start with.
While many students focus years on mastering one
instrument, DeKam is excelling at two, something audience
members at the March 4 Hope College Showcase will get to
DeKam, a senior from Caledonia, has been studying
the piano since she was seven years old, and during her
first year at Hope she began studying the organ as well.
"Sometimes it's scary to just 'plunge' into a new
instrument like the organ and
start performing and competing with those who are more
experienced," DeKam said. "But so far, the challenge has
been quite exhilarating."
The challenge has also provided a lasting
interest. She now plans on continuing her studies in both
piano and organ at the graduate school level.
Her success has been established in competitions
as well. Having won at the state and regional level, she
will soon compete in the national finals for organ at the
Music Teachers National Association competition, held in
Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday-Wednesday, March 16-20.
DeKam has a full schedule to deal with. Not only
does she have her music classes, core classes, ensembles and
accompanying work, but she also serves as a part-time church
Currently, she is also traveling to audition at
different schools for her graduate work. She also has plans
to tour Romania in June.
DeKam appreciates the range of experiences that
Hope has made possible.
"There are so many opportunities here to perform
that I donít think I would get at a larger university," she
said. "Hope College has been nothing but a blessing to me."
She also credits Hope's music professors with
helping her to grow musically.
"My fingers have always been able to move, but it
wasn't until I came to Hope to study with Joan Conway that I
started to learn how to create music," DeKam said.
Now, she is studying the piano with Mansoon Han
and the organ with Huw Lewis.
"Dr. Lewis has been a great influence on me," she
said. "He teaches me so much without even really saying a
word. I learn just by watching him play and move."
And the faculty sees the amazing talent DeKam possesses.
"She is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily
hard working, and focused," Lewis said.
DeKam is performing in two pieces during the 14th
annual Hope College Musical Showcase, which will be held on
Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.
First is a trio including violinist Titus
Munteanu, cellist Nicholas Toben and DeKam with the piano.
The piece is a selection from Felix Mendelssohn's "Allegro
energico e fuoco" from "Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor."
The second will feature DeKam as organist with the
college's orchestra. The work is the "Maestoso-Allegro"
from "Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78," known as the
"Organ Symphony" by Camille Saint-Saens.
Tickets for Musical Showcase are available through
the Office of Public Relations at Hope College for $10. The
office, open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through
Friday, is located on the second floor of the DeWitt Center
and can be called at (616) 395-7860.
Tickets may also be purchased over the counter at
the Grand Center Ticket Office, which is open Monday through
Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, tickets may be
ordered by phone through Ticketmaster by calling (616) 456-
3333. A service fee is added to the cost of each ticket
purchased this way.