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About Suzanne Tiemstra

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Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, Westminster Choir College (Princeton, New Jersey), 1970.

Master of Music in Organ Performance, Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennnsylvania), 1976.

Post graduate study, Michigan State University, 1987 to 1991. Completed course-work and three of four doctoral recitals in organ. Primary professor, Dr. Corliss Arnold.


1970’s and 1980’s in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area: Director of Music at Gladwyne Presbyterian Church and Bala Cynwyd Methodist Church.

1970’s in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area: Visiting Instructor in colleges: Cushing Jr. College, Cabrini College, Rider College, and Temple University.

Director of Music, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1979 to 1986.

Interim Director of Music, Faith Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1987.

Founder/Director: Grand Rapids Cantata Choir / VocalArt Singers / Coro del Sol, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986 to the present.

Instructor of Voice and Choir, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1993.

Visiting Instructor in Music History and Theory, Grand Valley State University, 1994.

Interim Director of Music, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995.
Organist, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2007 to 2010.


The Choral Music of Latin America: A Guide to Research and Compositions, No. 36, Music Reference Collection, Greenwood Press, 1992. ISBN 0-313-28208-0, hardback, 317 pages.

“Far and Beyond: Unusual Multi-cultural Resources,” The Choral Journal, March, 2001.

“Anthologies, Series, and Collections of Latin American Choral Music,” Research Memorandum (The American Choral Foundation), The Voice (of Chorus America), December 1996.

“Discography of Latin American Choral Music,” The Choral Journal, November 1995.

PERFORMANCES OF LATIN AMERICAN REPERTOIRE: to be added, but for now see web site