Dordt College News

Musical celebration at Dordt helps introduce new Psalter

January 9, 2012

Dordt College music department welcomes Dordt alumni Martin Tel and Christiaan Teeuwsen to the B.J. Haan Auditorium to lead a time of singing and celebrating the Psalms on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m.

In the event, titled Singing the Psalms: An Odyssey of Four Centuries of Congregational Psalm Singing, Teeuwsen and Tel will trace the congregational singing of Psalms beginning with the Dutch singing style of the 1562 Genevan Psalter. They will also mark the 100th anniversary of the Psalter of 1912 and demonstrate how the psalms are used in contemporary worship. Though the singing will be accompanied by organ, piano, and modern praise ensemble, the assembled audience will have the lead role—the united singing voice of the congregation.

The event will also help introduce a new Psalter called Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship. The new compilation includes all 150 psalms, and most of them are in multiple formats. The Psalter further celebrates the psalms by including the complete New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text of the psalms designed to be used for responsive reading and chanting, Christian prayers in response to the psalms, and footnotes identifying significant features of each psalm.

Tel, senior editor of the Psalter, is the director of music at Princeton Theological Seminary. Tel says that his love of the psalms began in a dairy barn where he heard his father singing psalms from early morning until late at night. He is a graduate of Dordt College (’89), the University of Notre Dame, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the University of Kansas. In addition to Psalms for All Seasons, Tel is serving on the editorial committee for the new hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America, Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

Teeuwsen, who has an outstanding reputation as a concert organist, will perform and lead the audience in song. He is a graduate of Dordt College (’80) and the University of Iowa. He is the professor of organ, harpsichord, and choral music at Redeemer University College and is director of music at MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

Copies of the Psalter will be available for purchase that evening and also can be ordered online at The event is free and open to the public.

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