Senior Susan DeKam Finishes Second
In National Organ
Posted March 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Susan DeKam, a Hope College senior from
Caledonia, is second nationally among the nation's college-
DeKam, who started playing the organ during her
freshman year at Hope, placed second in the collegiate organ
performance competition during the Music Teachers National
Association (MTNA) annual conference. The conference was
held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday-Wednesday, March 16-
She qualified for the national competition with
wins at the state and divisional level earlier during the
school year. A total of four organists competed at the
Although DeKam started playing the organ as a Hope
student, under the tutelage of Dr. Huw Lewis of the Hope
music faculty, she has been studying the piano since she was
seven years old, and is a piano performance major.
She recently performed both instruments during
Hope's 14th annual Musical Showcase on Monday, March 4: as
a pianist with a trio and as a featured organist with the
college's orchestra. On Wednesday, April 24, she will
present her senior piano recital in Dimnent Memorial Chapel
at 8 p.m.
DeKam's activity in the department of music
includes having formerly played French horn with the
college's Wind Symphony. She currently serves as an
organist part-time with Covenant Christian Reformed Church
in Grand Rapids.
In June, she plans to conduct a concert tour in
Romania with the others in her Musical Showcase trio:
violinist Titus Munteanu of Brasov, Romania, and cellist
Nicholas Toben of Troy. She will begin graduate studies, in
organ, in the fall.
DeKam is the daughter of Tracy and Carol DeKam of
Caledonia. She is a 1998 graduate of South Christian High
School in Grand Rapids.
The MTNA is the oldest professional non-profit
music association in the United States, and is comprised of
24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers of all
instruments, including voice.
The MTNA holds five national competitions annually
for elementary through college-age students: in student
composition, junior high school performance, high school
performance, collegiate artist performance and collegiate
chamber music performance. Performance competition areas
include brass, guitar, organ, percussion, piano, strings,
voice and woodwinds.
The organ competition required each entrant to
perform four pieces: a major work by J.S. Bach, a piece
written before Bach, a piece written after 1950 and a
Romantic work. DeKam's program consisted of the "Prelude
and Fugue in D, BWV 532," by Bach; "Recit de Tierce en
Taille," by Nicolas de Grigny; "Scherzo," from "Organbook
III," by William Albright; and "Fantasy and Fugue on the
Name B-A-C-H," by Franz Liszt.