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Horton to teach music at Dordt

July 4, 2005

Dr. Robert Horton, Glencoe, IL, has been hired at Dordt College to fill a professor of music position vacated by the retirement of Dr. Joan Ringerwole. Rob Horton

Dr. Horton is an award winning organist who is currently employed at St. James Lutheran Church at Lake Forest, IL. He received his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in organ study at the University of Kansas, with the dissertation topic, “Applying J.S. Bach’s Techniques of Organ Transcription.” Horton was a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and earned his Master of Music in Organ – Organ study at Cornell University.

Dr. Horton also earned a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies – Organ and harpsichord study at Stanford Japan Center, Kyoto, Japan.

He has participated internationally in organ competitions, claiming second prize in the 2004 Gruenstein competition; third prize in the 2004 international Orgelconcours Nijmegen; and in 2001, first prize in the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition, the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing, and the AGO Greater Kansas City Chapter Divisional Competition.

“I am very impressed by the intellectual maturity and spiritual rigor that Dordt expects of its students. It will be a refreshing challenge to see these traits applied in the arts.” commented Dr. Horton.

Horton and his wife, Gloria Yoon, will be moving to Sioux Center with their trio of dogs, Mimi, Wesley and Schubert, this summer.

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