Henry Boon

 

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Henry Boon was born in a small town in a northern province of The Netherlands. At a young age he attended organ recitals in a local church, which happened to house an organ build by the famous German organ builder, Arp Schnitger.


After immigrating to Canada, Henry studied piano and organ, the latter with David Ourchterlony at Timothy Eaton Memorial in Toronto. After moving to Windsor he continued organ studies with Gordon Young in Detroit, Michigan, while studying harmony and counterpoint at the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts with Albert Filmore. In 1973, Henry graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Music and a year later with a Bachelor of Education. Henry taught instrumental and vocal music at Assumption High School for 25 years.


In 2009, Henry came in first out of 67 submissions in the “Great Canadian Hymn Writing Competition,” sponsored by the Pax Christi Chorale in Toronto, with a composition entitled: “I Heard that God was Power.” In 2014 and 2015, Henry won awards with two seasonal compositions: “The Wondrous Story,” and “Do Not Be Afraid,” sponsored by the Amadeus choir of Toronto, under direction of Dr. Lydia Adams. Henry’s wife, Susan, wrote the lyrics for each composition. Henry Boon is currently music director at Tecumseh United Church. His favorite pastimes are walking on the Green Way, traveling, reading, visiting with friends and, of course, composing.


Do Not Be Afraid   by Henry Boon 


SATB  a cappella or with keyboard $2.35    CP 1577
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:40

Imagine being visited by the glorious Angel, Gabriel - The Annunciation is the beginning of the Christmas story. Henry’s compositions have a timeless quality. He treats the story with genuine tenderness. Give a listen.  Choirs of all levels of ability will love this song.


Wondrous Story, The   by Henry Boon 


SATB    $2.25    CP 1576
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:25

A beautiful melody supported by sumptuous harmony and intuitive voice leading make this composition a quality option for your Christmas program.