singer, composer, and pianist will make his first-ever Sioux City
appearance when he performs in concert on,
3625 Garretson Avenue. The concert is sponsored by Morningside
is an outstanding entertainer who has performed concerts
all over the world,” said Dr. Gerry Bouma, professor
and chair of Morningside’s music department. “He
will have people dancing in the aisles.”
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior
citizens, and $20 for families. Tickets will be available
at the door or can be ordered in advance by calling (712)
Church groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets at an advance
sale discount price of $6 for adults, $4 for students and
senior citizens, and $15 for families by calling (712) 274-5210.
Medema has performed for over 30 years in various venues including
high school and university campuses, denominational youth
gatherings, globally televised religious programs, corporate
conventions, and annual assemblies of national organizations.
Medema, whose sight is limited to distinguishing between light
and darkness and seeing fuzzy outlines of major objects after
he was blind from birth, began playing the piano at the age
He studied music therapy at Michigan State University, where
he concentrated on performance skills in piano and voice.
After his graduation, he worked as a music therapist in Fort
Wayne, Ind., and then returned to Michigan State, where he
earned his master’s degree in 1969. It was later during
a four-year stint as a music therapist at Essex County Hospital
in New Jersey that Medema began to write and perform his own
Medema left his work as a therapist in 1973 to pursue a career
as a performing and recording artist. He recorded albums for
Word and Shawnee Press, then founded Brier Patch Music, an
independent recording, publishing, and performance-booking
company in Grandville, Mich., in 1985. The company was named
after Brer Rabbit’s home in the Uncle Remus stories.
Medema and his wife Jane reside in the San Francisco Bay area
of California. They have two adult children, Aaron and Rachel.
For additional information, contact Dr. Gerry Bouma at (712)