Composer: David A. Hoekema

Born: June 10, 1950, Paterson, New Jersey. Hoekema lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan from age 3, and attended Baxter Christian School (grades 1-7), Oakdale Christian School (grades 8-9), and Grand Rapids Central Christian High School. He went on to attend Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (BA, Philosophy, 1972), and Princeton University (PhD 1981). As of 2011, he was a Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College. Past member of Musica Alta (Princeton University early music ensemble), Northfield String Band, Calvin Alumni Choir, and Grand Rapids Symphonic Choir; current (2011) member of Adult Choir at Second Christian Reformed Church, Grand Haven, Michigan. He is the composer / author of five hymn texts and four hymn tunes, two of them p… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: David A. Hoekema (1978)
Meter: Irregular
Key: D Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1985, CRC Publications


JANNA is a strong tune built with some repeated phrases and sequences; a unique rhythmic pattern carries this song along resolutely from beginning to end. Sing JANNA in unison with lots of energy on a half-note pulse. This tune also makes a fine solo anthem. Sing stanzas 1 and 2 in antiphonal groups and stanzas 3 and 4 all together.

Hoekema is currently an academic dean at his alma mater, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, taught philosophy at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (1977-1984), and was executive director of the American Philosophical Association while teaching philosophy at the University of Delaware (1984-1993). In addition to many journal articles on philosophical issues, he has published Rights and Wrongs: Coercion, Punishment and the State (1986).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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