Aug 19, 2021

Dordt Music Department to Host Faculty Organ Recital

Dordt Musci Department hosts upcoming faculty organ recital

Dr. Carrie Groenewold, associate professor of music and chair of church music and organ at Dordt University, will be presenting a faculty organ recital on Saturday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The program will feature several collaborative works with trumpeter Richard Neckermann, including J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D Major, as well as Peter Eben’s “Okna” or “Windows,” which depicts several Jerusalem windows by artist Marc Chagall. The recital will include several Psalm-based organ works by J. P. Sweelinck and Sietze de Vries, and an exciting “Fugue on BACH” by Robert Schumann.

Neckermann holds degrees from Western Michigan University and from Boston University and is principal trumpet for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He also plays regularly with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras. Groenewold serves as the Joan Ringerwole chair of church music and organ, associate professor of music, director of keyboard activities, and university organist at Dordt. Groenewold holds a D.M.A. in church music (organ emphasis) from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame, and an undergraduate degree from Dordt. Groenewold started playing the organ in middle school after an encounter with Dordt University’s Casavant organ in a Dordt Discovery Days summer camp class led by Dr. Joan Ringerwole.

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As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report,, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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