Dr. John W. Vandertuin
Dr. John W. Vandertuin, Canadian organ recitalist, composer (a member of SOCAN), recording artist, organ consultant, teacher and music critic, was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (honoris causa) in July 2004, at the National Convention of the RCCO held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in recognition of his exceptional abilities as an organ recitalist. Dr. Vandertuin has also been recognized by The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, the former Prime Minister of Canada; Mr. Lloyd St. Amand, former Member of Parliament for the riding of Brant and the former Mayor of Brantford, Mr. Mike Hancock in recognition of this honorary degree.
  
He commenced his formal studies in Piano and Music Braille at the Ontario School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario and made his recital debut in Paris, France, at the age of 14, while a student of Jean Langlais, the renowned French blind organist and composer, in a programme consisting of works by Louis Vierne, Jean Langlais and J.S. Bach (two complete trio sonatas and the Dorian Toccata and Fugue). He obtained many organ and piano degrees, including an A.R.C.T. (Gold Medal) in Organ Performance and an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; an A.Mus from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, London; and an Honours Bachelor’s Degree (Gold Medal) and Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Western Ontario. While at the University of Western Ontario, he studied organ with Dr. John McIntosh and Dr. Larry Cortner. As part of his Master’s recital, he performed the extremely large and difficult work, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op.73 by Max Reger. As with all performances, due to his blindness, the work was played completely from memory.

He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Highest Honours from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Dr. Robert Glasgow. In 1982, he studied with Mr. Piet Kee of the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Dr. Vandertuin has twice been invited to compete in the international Improvisation Competition in Haarlem, The Netherlands — only the second Canadian to be so honoured. Dr. Vandertuin is the recipient of a number of scholarships, prizes and awards, including the Prix Conrad Letendre in Montreal, Quebec in 1979; First Prize in the Improvisation category of the National Healey Willan Organ Competition in 1980; and Second Prize in the San Anselmo, CA, Improvisation Competition in 1987 and 1989. He has performed across Canada, in the U.S.A., France and The Netherlands, as well as at regional and national conventions of the RCCO. His performances have been broadcast nationally by the CBC, as well as by Radio Canada. He has also been featured on Canada’s daily Christian television programme, 100 Huntley Street. Dr. Vandertuin has been Organist and Choir Director at a number of churches and is presently Music Director at St. Paul’s United Church, Paris, Ontario.
  
 A set of Organ Pieces entitled Three for Holy Week, has been published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis Missouri, and his Variations on ‘St. Christopher’ and his Variations on ‘St. Kevin’ have been published by Darcey Press, Vernon Hills, Illinois. Toccata on ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’',  Children’s Sacred Suite and Fantasia on ‘O Canada’ have been published by Tuinmeester Editions of Brantford, Ontario. A number of his compositions for organ and a choral anthem have been published by Fairbank Music Publishing of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1999, Dr. Vandertuin released his CD, Glory to His Holy Name. His previous recordings were a vinyl LP entitled, John William Vandertuin at the Organ of the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, Brantford, Ontario, and a cassette tape entitled Sparkling Sounds with John William Vandertuin. His latest recordings are a cassette tape entitled Christmas Classics, and a CD entitled, John W. Vandertuin: Live in Concert on the Casavant Organ at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica, London, Ontario. This latter CD was dedicated to the memory of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, and has been recognized by The Vatican. Three of his albums are now available as digital downloads from the American Federation of Musicians’ website at www.goprotunes.com. In 2007, he was commissioned to write a large organ work entitled Variations on ‘Aurelia’, which was later honoured by the former The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. In 2008, he was commissioned to write a work, Elegy, and in 2009, was commissioned to write Meditation on ‘Sandon’. In 2010, he premiered his Passacaglia in A minor (based on B-A-C-H and H-A-A-S). Dr. Vandertuin published in 2012, Three Sacred Solos for piano. 2013 saw the commission and publication of Variations on ‘Hymn to Joy’.  St. Andrew’s Organ Mass, commissioned in 2014, was premiered in October and published in December of that year.

Dr. Vandertuin was inducted onto the Wall of Fame at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, The University of Western Ontario on October 27th, 2012. This honour is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music, as one of the Faculty’s most illustrious graduates. Dr. Vandertuin’s biography was included in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada in the Fall of 2012. On March 11, 2014, the Brantford Musicians’ Association (Local 467 of the American Federation of Musicians) presented Dr. Vandertuin with the Member of the Year Award for 2013. In 2016 he was commissioned by the Stratford Centre of the RCCO to compose an organ work, Prelude on ‘Newfoundland’, in honour of Jack Hillier of the RCCO National Council. It was published in June 2017.