Grotenhuis grew up in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and graduated from Calvin College with a music major. He obtained his Master's degree in music from Michigan State University and completed doctoral studies at Ohio State University. While in the Army, he was chief music arranger for the 2nd Army Band and conducted its Male Chorus.
Before coming to Dordt, Grotenhuis taught music at Christian high schools in Washington and Michigan. Under his direction, the Dordt College concert choir participated in annual tours that took members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He loved the church and the music of the church. His favorite song was "All Glory Be to God on High".
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Come, everyone, and join with us
in rousing songs of praise.
Sing out the honor of God's name
for all his glorious ways.
Say to our God, "How awesome, LORD,
are you in all you do.
Your enemies cringe down in fear,
then rise to worship you."
Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) composed ELEANOR (named after his wife) in 1985. It is published for the first time in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. The tune features melodic devices such as repetition, sequence, and inversion; it is accompanied by part-writing that immediately suggests singing in harmony. ELEANOR requires crisp articulation of repeated tones and an energetic tempo.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook