Dordt College News

Teeuwsen organ concert and workshop Jan. 22 and 23

January 12, 2010


Dr. Christian Teeuwsen, an internationally known organist from Ancaster, Ontario, will present a concert at Dordt College in Sioux Center on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be presented in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, showcasing the college’s 57-rank, three-manual mechanical action Casavant pipe organ.

Teeuwsen will also present a workshop for area organists on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, from 9:30-11 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center.

Both events are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Dordt College Music Department.

Dr. Teeuwsen is Dordt’s 2009-2010 Distinguished Alumnus from the Humanities. He earned his B.A. in music at Dordt in 1980; received performance degrees (MFA, DMA) from the University of Iowa, and the Solo Diploma [Uitvoerend Musicus] in organ performance from the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. He studied organ with Harold Vogel (Germany) and Klaas Bolt (the Netherlands), where he also studied harpsichord with Ton Koopman. During his tenure in Europe he was associate organist at the St. Bavo Kerk.

Teeuwsen is currently associate professor of music at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. His organ performances have been recorded on the Selemas Label, North-German Organ Works, Naxos Label, and INCIPIT Label. Since 2002 he has been Concert-Organist-in-residence for the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival in Minneapolis, and he is director of music at MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.
The program for the January 22 concert at Dordt includes “Praeludium in D Minor” by Scheidemann; “Partita on ‘Freu dich Sehr, O meine Seele’” and “Ornamented Chorale ‘Vater Unser im Himmelreich’” by Böhm; “Chorale on ‘Vater Unser im Himmelreich’” and “Ciacona in E Minor” by Buxtehude; “Chaconne in G Major” by Muffat; “Partita: Sei gegrüsset, Jesu Gutig” by Bach; “Suite in D Major” by Handel; “Benedictus” by Reger; “Two Interludes” by Bedard; and “Toccata in F” by Widor.

For more information about the Friday concert or Saturday workshop, call the Dordt College Music Office at 722-6221.

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