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James John De Jonge Collection



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Articles, Materials, Correspondence

Articles and Materials

Opera at Calvin College

Radio Choir

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James John De Jonge Collection, 1941-1978 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: James John De Jonge Collection, 1941-1978Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/051

Primary Creator: De Jonge, James John (1910-2005)

Extent: 7.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Back to God hour, Calvin College - Opera, Calvin College. Department of Music, Music - Study and teaching (Higher), Radio and music, University of Northern Iowa. Department of Music.


Professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa and Calvin College; director of the Radio Choir of the Back to God Hour. The collection includes lectures, articles, class notes, correspondence, programs, recitals, radio bulletins, diaries of the Radio Choir

Tours written by students, a collection of "Historic Hymns" which are original scripts of a weekly radio program from the studio of the University of Northern Iowa, plus source and publicity files on the history of opera at Calvin College, 1957-1976.

Biographical Note

James John De Jonge was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 23, 1910. He graduated from Calvin College in 1931 and then received his master’s degrees in both physics and music at the University of Michigan.  De Jonge started his career as a schoolteacher. De Jonge taught at Zeeland Christian, Oakdale Christian School, and East Grand Rapids High School. From 1941-1947 he moved on to become faculty at Iowa State Teacher’s College. He was Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of a college-affiliated radio station. He also taught math and physics for the Army Air Corps.

In 1947, he accepted the faculty position of Associate Professor of Music at Calvin. Although he remained at Calvin until his retirement in 1976, De Jonge was very much involved with the community outside the classroom. From 1947-1972 he was Director of the Radio Choir which performed on the “Back to God Hour.” De Jonge also was a frequent speaker, wrote numerous articles, judged high school and college music festivals, and a tenor soloist amongst a great number of other involvements.

On a personal level, De Jonge was husband to Helen Gezon. Together they had two children-a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, James John. His son had preceded De Jonge in death. The De Jonge family were members of the Brookside Christian Reformed Church and while in Iowa, they were involved with the Waterloo Orthodox Presbyterian Church. De Jonge passed away on April 10, 2005 at the age of 95.

Subject/Index Terms

Back to God hour
Calvin College - Opera
Calvin College. Department of Music
Music - Study and teaching (Higher)
Radio and music
University of Northern Iowa. Department of Music.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 3.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J.J. De Jonge

Other Note: See also the Campus Titles Database.

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[Series 1: Articles, Materials, Correspondence, 1941-1976],
[Series 2: Articles and Materials],
[Series 3: Opera at Calvin College, 1957-1976],
[Series 4: Radio Choir, 1947-1978],

Series 3: Opera at Calvin College --- 1957-1976Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: History of opera at Calvin College through 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Amahl and the Night Visitors," by Gian Carlo Menotti.  Materials dealing with its presentation, first one --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence, programs, publicity --- 1957-1964Add to your cart.
Item 2: Director scores of "Amahl," by Menotti; "Lost in the Stars," by Weill; "Slow Dusk," by FloydAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Libretto of "Gianni Schicchi," by PucciniAdd to your cart.

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