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Dale Grotenhuis (1931—2012) retired in 1995 from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he served as Director of Choral Activities and taught courses in conducting, choral music education, theory, composition and analysis. Professor Grotenhuis conducted the Dordt College concert choir which toured annually to all areas of the United States, Canada and Europe. Prior to that time he taught in high schools in Washington and Michigan. He has conducted clinics, festivals and All-state choirs in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Montana and has conducted workshops and clinics at the Universities of Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Georgia.
Dale Grotenhuis holds a Master's Degree in Music from Michigan State University and has completed all course requirements toward the doctorate degree at Ohio State University. He conducted the 2nd Army Band Male Chorus and was chief music arranger for the 2nd Army Band while in the armed services.
He is the composer of over 180 choral works published by Boosey and Hawkes, Hinshaw, Sacred Music Press, Augsburg, Lorenz, Morningstar, Belwin, Hal Leonard and Kjos publishing companies. He has also composed five works for symphonic band.
In 1985, he was the recipient of an Outstanding Educators of America award as well as the McCowan Award presented by the Iowa Choral Conductors Association for “outstanding contribution to choral music in Iowa.” In 1989, he was the recipient of an International Distinguished Leadership award. He recently received from The National Federation of Music the “Outstanding Music Educator” award for the State of Iowa for 1994.
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