Hope concert to feature 3 guest organists

Three organists and scholars will perform at Hope College's Dimnent Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The three scholars are Hope alumni Susan De Kam and Richard Newman, as well as University of Toronto alumnus Aaron Tan. The public is invited and admission is free.
Anonymous
Sep 23, 2011

 

De Kam will open the concert with “Concert Overture in C minor,” by Alfred Hollins; “Master Tallis’s Testa-ment,” by Herbert Howells; and “Variations on a Theme of Paganini,” by Thalben-Ball. Newman will perform “Marche Héroique,” by Herbert Brewer; and “Sonata in E Flat Major: I Andante serioso, ma con moto, II Allegro giocoso and III Maestoso,” by Edward Bairstow. Tan will perform “Sonata in G Major, Op. 28” by Edward Elgar.

De Kam completed her undergraduate studies in 2002 with a major in piano at Hope. In 2004, she earned a master of music degree at the University of Michigan. In addition to being the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for her performances on piano and organ, she has been a prizewinner in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Organ Competition (2002), the Miami International Organ Competition (2006), the Bank District Organ Competition (2009) held in London, and the National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) (2010).

De Kam serves as artist-in-residence at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas; and maintains a private organ, piano and harpsichord studio.
Newman is a 2006 graduate of Hope, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in organ performance. He is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Music. Before his appointment as associate organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, he was organ scholar at Detroit’s St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Tan, 25, began playing the piano when he was 5 years old. Receiving his associate’s diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 12, he went on to earn his diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College of Music in London, England, at 13 and 15. When he was 18, he also completed a diploma in violin performance.

Upon becoming a freshman in the engineering science program at the University of Toronto in 2004, he began organ studies. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, while serving as co-sub dean to the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is the organ scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave.

 

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