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Conductor of Symphony Orchestra, Associate Professor

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1217 The Haas Center for Performing Arts

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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.

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 the state.  He has instituted a yearly Side-by-Side Concert with with many of the finest 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 and summer String Leadership Camp, both of which bring dozens of the finest high school string players to campus.

His interest in opera has given him recent opportunities to conduct Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the West Michigan Opera Project and Romberg’s The Student Prince with Opera Grand Rapids.  With GVSU Opera Theater he has conducted Company by Sondheim and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini.