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Bethany organist to give recital at Bethel Nov. 11

November 5th, 2018

Hentus van Rooyen

Hentus van Rooyen, assistant professor of music at Bethany College, Lindsborg, will play at 4 pm in the Ad Building chapel.


This is part of the Bethel music department’s Organ Recital Series, which features a guest or resident organist in concert each fall and spring semester.

The concert is free and open to the public.

On van Rooyen’s program are Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 and Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 by J.S. Bach; Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 65 No. IV by Felix Mendelssohn; Triptyque by Jean Langlais; “Naïades” from Pièces de Fantaisie, Op. 55 No. IV by Louis Vierne; and “Bagatelle” by Naji Hakim.

Van Rooyen holds a B.Mus. from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, Denton.

He studied organ performance with Jesse Eschbach and Baroque repertoire with Paul Leenhouts. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UNT, where he is working to complete his dissertation.

Van Rooyen’s international studies began after he won the Stephanus Zondagh Overseas Music Study Scholarship at the University of South Africa’s Overseas Music Scholarship Competition in 2011, while studying with Wim Viljoen and completing the teacher’s and performer’s licentiates through the University of South Africa.

In 2012, he was awarded the Scholarship for Overseas Study from the Southern-African Church Organists Association (SAKOV), and received a generous scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, which enabled him to begin his studies at UNT.

In 2013, van Rooyen was awarded 2nd prize at the William C. “Bill” Hall Organ Competition in San Antonio, and in 2014 he won 1st prize at the same competition. He was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Organ Performance at the UNT College of Music in 2014 and 2017.

As the teaching fellow for organ, van Rooyen taught all secondary organ students at UNT, and was nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award in 2018. He was the accompanist and continuo organist for the early music vocal ensemble, the UNT Collegium Singers, played continuo in the UNT Baroque Orchestra, and served as associate organist at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas.

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