Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor, Conductor of Symphony Orchestra
1217 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Henry Duitman joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2008. Before coming to Michigan, he built the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band at Dordt College into programs with national exposure. While at Grand Valley, Duitman has taken the GVSU Chamber Orchestra on several tours, including a trip to London in 2013. He has conducted all-state and other honors orchestras, most recently the 2015 Michigan Home School Association Honors Orchestra.
Duitman has a strong interest in conducting opera and helped form the West Michigan Opera Project, which has the goal of bringing a great opera experience to those hearing their first live opera. He conducted their first production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and it was met with strong positive response. He recently performed as Assistant Conductor for Opera Grand Rapids’ production of Orpheus and Eurydice and was principal conductor for their June, 2016 production of Romberg’s The Student Prince. Currently Duitman is conducting the GVSU Opera Theater’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Duitman received a bachelor’s degree from The Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida. He earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University.