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Dordt College concert to feature music of Dale Grotenhuis

January 20, 2011

Dordt College will present a 7:30 p.m. concert Tuesday, March 1, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, to celebrate the compositions of Dale Grotenhuis, professor emeritus of music and former director of choral activities. The concert will reflect an appreciation for the time and dedication Grotenhuis invested in building the music program at Dordt College.

The Dordt College Kantorei, Chorale, and Concert Choir will be singing diverse works composed by Grotenhuis. Alumni, many of whom live within a short driving distance of the college, are invited return to campus for the concert. Choir alumni are invited to join in the singing of “Lord, You Have Been Our Dwelling Place,” an anthem Grotenhuis composed in commemoration of Dordt’s 50th anniversary in 2005. A recording of the song and the musical score are available online for alumni wishing to practice before the event. Measures 81 through 117 will be sung by the current Concert Choir members only.

Dale and his wife, Eleanor, had been hoping to attend the concert, but in the week leading up to the event, they indicated they do not feel up to coming at this time. An alumni reception will follow the concert.

In Class

Grotenhuis served Dordt College for 35 years, teaching courses in conducting, choral music education, theory, composition, and analysis. Grotenhuis also conducted workshops, clinics, festivals, and All-state choirs in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, and Georgia. He has more than 200 choral works in print by several major publishers, as well as in hymnals.

Dordt College has a long heritage of musical excellence. Many Dordt College alumni have distinguished themselves as successful music educators and church musicians. Out of 1,300 students, over 300 are members of ensembles. For more information, please visit

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