Director Herman DenHollender

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After taking formal music lessons at the age of 15 with André Knevel, Herman den Hollander began studying music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario where he studied organ with Paul Grimwood and conducting with Christopher Hunt.

After graduating with a Diploma in Music, Herman furthered his organ studies with Lucas Chorosinski at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Upon his obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music, he went on to Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario where he earned a Bachelor of Christian Education along with a Christian School Teaching Certificate.

Presently, Herman is a full time Grade Eight teacher at Rehoboth Christian School in Copetown, Ontario, where he serves on the Administration team as Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. Conducting since 1986, Herman’s career also includes the Hosanna Choir and Rehoboth Christian School’s Junior Choir. He is also a church organist in Dundas, Ontario where he resides with his wife and four children.

 

Organist Andre Knevel

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The organist, Andre Knevel, was born in Bussum, The Netherlands. At a very early age he began to show a lively interest in the organ and began taking formal piano and organ lessons at the age of 8. Among others, his teachers were: Dr. J.Van Stokkum, Rutger Van Mazijk, and Willem Hendrik Zwart. Andre Knevel gave his first official organ recital at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed organist in Hilversum.

In 1975, Andre Knevel immigrated to Canada, making St. Catharines his permanent residence. He continued and completed his studies with Dr. John Tuttle, Associate Professor of the University of Toronto. Mr. Knevel has retired from a full teaching schedule of organ and piano at home and in several different Christian schools.

Presently he continues to give many recitals throughout Canada and the USA. Other countries where he has performed include South Africa, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia. This year Finland is a new destination for concerts. He has been greatly honoured to receive and accept an invitation to do a recital on the magnificent cathedral organ of the Notre Dame in Paris in July of 2020 DV.

As well, Andre Knevel is the regular accompanist of several mixed and male choirs, and often guest organist for other choirs and musical events. He is a sensitive accompanist for solo instruments such as flute, panflute, violin, harp and piano. He also works on a regular basis with the talented panflutist, Liselotte Rokyta from the Czech Republic. Numerous CD recordings have been made of solo organ or combined with the above- mentioned choirs and instruments. A number of his works are also written down and published in sheet music.

He is an accomplished player of major organ works and a master improviser. In this way he seeks to share his love and talent for music with the audience but above all, desires it to be to the greater glory of God.

 

Pianist Naomi Van Manen

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Raised on a farm in the small town of Lynden, ON, Naomi Van Manen was introduced to music at a very young ago by her Dad who would graciously allowed her to sit beside him on the organ bench while he played for family worship. After showing an interest in music, Naomi was enrolled in piano lessons at the young age of 5. Being homeschooled from kindergarten through grade 12, gave opportunity for more time spent in lessons and practicing, and in grade 8, Naomi came under the piano tutelage and mentorship of Russian teacher, Olga Tcherniak of Ancaster, ON.

Naomi has performed in music festivals, competitions and exams since the early grades, and completed and received The Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diplomas for Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy at the age of 18. Naomi has been teaching students of all ages since grade 8, has accompanied various choirs, solo instrumentalists and vocalists, small ensembles, and continues also to play for church and weddings.

In 2011, Naomi was married to her sweetheart, Richard, and together with their three young children, reside in Brantford, ON. Life is busy but blessed, but music continues on in their household with piano students coming for lessons, and accompanying congregational singing in her church.