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Former Dordt College music professor has passed away

August 18, 2012

Former Dordt College Music Professor Dale Grotenhuis died Friday, Aug. 17, at the age of 80, following a brief battle with cancer.

"His legacy at Dordt College is enormous," says Karen DeMol, music professor emeritus and former colleague of Grotenhuis. "Through his work, both the Music Department and the College itself were built. Through the choir's tours and performances, the reputation of this fine young college spread across the continent."

Grotenhuis directed hundreds of students in Dordt choirs between 1959 and 1994. He composed more than 600 songs, including Dordt's alma mater, and a handful of symphonic band pieces. More than 260 of them were published. He directed numerous clinics, choirs, and festivals, and composed commissioned pieces for many church and school choirs.

"It is for his choral music that he is and will be most remembered," DeMol says. "His compositions were a blessing for singers and audiences and are a lasting gift to choirs and churches."

His songs elevated the text to a place of prominence, and the music was accessible to a wide range of choirs.

Grotenhuis has lived in Byron Center, Michigan, since his retirement from Dordt College.

A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Cornerstone United Reformed Church, 6442 36th Ave, Hudsonville, Michigan, with Rev. Phil Vos officiating.  Visitation will be at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Private interment at Winchester Cemetery, Byron Center.

Memorial contributions to Dordt College Music Department, or Sunset Manor Benevolent Fund in Jenison, Michigan, would be appreciated.

You can offer condolences to his family and read his obituary here.

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