Monday, January 20, 2014 ~ 8 p.m.
Calvin College Chapel
The Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present an evening of choral music by five Grand Rapids composers, four of whom are Calvin alumni (read about them below).
Also participating in this special concert will be Calvin grads Jan Koop '70, Norma de Waal Malefyt '72, Kenneth Bos '75 and Howard Slenk '53.
About the composers
Raymond Haan '59 is a composer of music for organ, choir, handbells, and other instruments, whose music is performed throughout the United States and in other countries. From 1960 to 2013 he served as organist and Director of Music at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an organ student of Joseph Sullivan, Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for many years. After his studies at Calvin, Mr. Haan attended the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Society of Composers and Performers. Howard Slenk will conduct the music of Raymond Haan, and Norma de Waal Malefyt will play his “Organ Hymn” on the chapel organ. Two of Raymond's Christmas anthems, with accompaniment for handbell choir and organ, will open the concert.
Roy Hopp '75 is Director of Music at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he directs the Calvin Theological Seminary Choir. He graduated from Calvin with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and from Michigan State University with a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. He did further studies in church music and composition with Richard Hillert at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. Over one hundred of Mr. Hopp’s compositions have been published. His hymn tunes can be found in over 40 hymnals and collections in the United States, Canada, England, Wales, and Scotland and his choral compositions in the catalogues of Augsburg Fortress, earthsongs, GIA, Kjos, MorningStar, and Selah. A listing of those anthems may be found at royhopp.com. Mr. Hopp will conduct the two anthems he has chosen for the concert.
Jonathan Tuuk '72 is currently Director of Music and organist at Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been an organ instructor at Calvin and is a published composer of choral music. He has concertized in Europe and the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the University of Michigan Organ Conference in Ann Arbor, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the AGO Region 5 Conventions in 1985 and 2005 and the AGO National Convention in 2006. His principal teachers were Dr. John E. Hamersma of Calvin and Dr. Marilyn Mason of the University of Michigan. Larry Biser will conduct two of Mr. Tuuk’s anthems he has selected for the concert as he accompanies at the organ.
Larry Visser '89 is Minister of Music and Organist at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds degrees from Calvin, where he studied with Dr. John Hamersma, and from the University of Michigan, where he earned the DMA in organ performance under Dr. James Kibbie. In 1994, Mr. Visser won a finalist medal at the prestigious organ competition, the “Grand Prix de Chartres” in Paris and Chartres, France. He composes both organ and choral music, receives commissions from various churches and individuals, and is published by Wayne Leupold Editions, GIA Publications, and MorningStar Music Publishers. He is a frequent recitalist in Grand Rapids and has produced three recordings of liturgical music for his church, as well as recordings of his organ playing. Helen Hoffmeister Hawley will conduct one of his hymn concertati and an anthem he has selected for the concert as he accompanies at the organ and piano.