Music & Dance

Henry Duitman

Henry Duitman joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in the Fall of 2008. For more than 20 years Duitman was the Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra as well as Professor of Music on the faculty of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, during which time he built an orchestra program with national exposure.

Henry Duitman received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Duitman’s focus at GVSU has been exposing the orchestra program to the wider West Michigan community and to high schools throughout Michigan.  He has instituted a yearly Side-by-Side Concert with top high school orchestras.  In addition, his passion to develop an honors orchestra which would focus on the development of leadership skills in high school musicians has led to the highly successful GVSU String Leadership Day, which brings more than 100 of the finest high school string players to campus each year.

A sought-after guest conductor, recently he has led community and professional orchestras in Michigan and London, England.  He conducted the 2010 Iowa All-State Orchestra last November in Ames.

Dr. Duitman’s deep interest in music education and his many years of experience conducting orchestras, bands, and choirs add to the recognized quality of GVSU’s music education program.

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