THURSDAY, APR 21 7:30 pm
downtown Grand Rapids
Orchestra Visits the Opera
music by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, & Puccini
Ashly Neumann, soprano
Min Jin, tenor
University Arts Chorale

Duitman conducting

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this Grand Valley State University Orchestra site. I hope that you will browse the entire site and learn more about our exciting ensembles.  Our concerts are free and open to the public and we know that you will be enriched by listening to them. Henry Duitman, conductor

Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Beethoven Coriolan Overture
October 2021

Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Delius, The Walk to the Paradise Garden
October, 2021

Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
October, 2021
Prof. Letitia Jap, violin

Elgar - Serenade for Strings

April, 2021 performance by the Grand Valley State University Strings.  Henry Duitman, conductor. [11 minutes]


Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. - Plato
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. - Pablo Casals
I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. - Igor Stravinsky
Without music, life would be a mistake. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. - Elton John


Mendelssohn - String Symphony No. 7, movement 1

February, 2021 performance by the Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra. Henry Duitman, conductor. [7 minutes]

Performance of Moldau by Smetana

Audio performance of Moldau by Smetana, October, 2019. [14 minutes]

Audio files from  the October, 2018 Side by Side Concert at Grand Haven High School

Finzi, Five Bagatelles with faculty clarinet soloist, Gary June.   Carol       Prelude

Vaughan Williams, English Folksong Suite.    Movement 1         Movement 2           Movement 3

   Overture to 'Idomeneo'

   Karelia Suite, movement I

PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi
   Tenor Aria
   Soprano Aria (Italian)
   Soprano Aria (English)
   Final Duet

GOUNOD Faust - Ballet Suite
   Movement I
   Movement II
   Movement III
   Movement IV
   Movement V
   Movement VI
   Movement VII

FAURE Requiem
with GVSU University Arts Chorale
   I Requiem  
   II Offertory  
   III Sanctus  
   IV Pie Jesu
   V Agnus Dei
   VI Libera Me
   VII In Paradisum

Henry Duitman joined the GVSU Music Department in the fall of 2008.  With the orchestra he has initiated a yearly Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding Michigan high school orchestras and String Leadership Day which allows excellent high school and college students to collaborate with faculty and members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. 

The first GVSU String Leadership Camp was held in August, 2016.  This was a highly successful three-day event focusing on chamber music for high school students.  Camp dates for 2017 are August 14-16.

Besides the 60 member Symphony Orchestra, other string ensembles at Grand Valley State University include the  Chamber Orchestra, a select group of the finest string and wind players.  In addition to performing at concerts, this ensemble provides music for university and community events.  Recently they performed in  London, UK in May of 2013.

Each year a few of the finest players perform with the highly-regarded GVSU New Music Ensemble led by Professor Bill Ryan.  Those with an interest in Early Music may perform on authentic Baroque instruments in the Early Music Ensemble led by Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia.

The Faculty String Trio consists of Artist-Faculty members, Gregory Maytan, Paul Swantek, and Pablo Mahave-Veglia. During the last several years this versatile ensemble has visited several dozen high schools throughout the state of Michigan, providing mini-concerts and coaching sessions for string orchestras and quartets.  Directors may contact Henry Duitman to schedule this free service at their school.

Page last modified March 12, 2022