Susan De Kam
Music Director/ Organist and Publications Coordinator
Dr. Susan De Kam is originally from Caledonia, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2002 with a major in piano, studying under Joan Conway, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. It was in her freshman year there that she began studying organ as a secondary instrument with Huw Lewis, but it soon became her principal interest. In 2004, Susan earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. She studied organ with Robert Glasgow, piano with Louis Nagel, and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier.
As an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist, Dr. De Kam has become a well rounded musician not only through her solo concertizing on all three instruments, but also as an accompanist, chamber musician, and teacher. In addition to being the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for her performances on piano and organ, she has also been a finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Organ Competition (2002) and the Miami International Organ Competition (2006). Most recently, she was a semi-finalist in the Bach/Liszt International Organ Competition, held in Weimar, Germany.
Dr. De Kam completed her doctoral studies in May 2011 and holds a DMA in organ performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with James Kibbie. In addition to her duties at St. Luke’s, she maintains a private piano, organ, and harpsichord studio.