Yes, there is such a street - in South Holland, Illinois (South of Chicago). 

All of my ancestors on my Dad's side of the family were from a group of Dutch immigrants who settled in South Holland in the 1840s and thereafter. 

John Gouwens

John Gouwens joined the faculty of the Culver Academies in the fall of 1980. He serves as Organist and Carillonneur of The Academies, and in addition teaches piano students at the schools. (From 1996 through spring 2004, he also was Choir Director of The Academies.) He has released four  recordings of the organ and carillon at Culver. In the fall of 2002, he was appointed Visiting Lecturer in Carillon at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. The following link takes you to the schedule of carillon performances at Ball State

Gouwens is noted for his improvisation skills, on the organ and on the carillon, and has given presentations for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists and for annual congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America on this subject. He also won a carillon improvisation contest at the 1983 GCNA congress, the first such competition held by that organization. In 2004, he hosted the annual congress of the GCNA at Culver, having done so also in 1985. Gouwens is also active on the chapter level in the American Guild of Organists, where is a past dean of both the Saint Joseph Valley Chapter and the Fort Wayne Chapter.

He has written many works for carillon as well as several pieces for choir. He was awarded First Prize in a composition competition for a choir piece for the bicentennial of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also was awarded the "Jef Denyn Prize" (first prize) in a carillon composition competition organized by the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. Two of Culver's traditional songs, "Culver Daughters, Sing Thy Praise," and "Treasured Memory," were composed by Mr. Gouwens. More recently, for the occasion of the centennial of Culver Summer Camps, Mr. Gouwens was commissioned to write a new song (words and music), "Leaders for Tomorrow." In 2010, he was commissioned by the Lexington, Kentucky chapter to compose a work in memory of their colleague - a distinguished carillonneur and composer - John Courter. Gouwens premiered the resulting work, "Suite No. 3" for carillon, at the Lexington Regional AGO convention, on the carillon at Berea College, where Courter served with distinction until his untimely death.

Mr. Gouwens  has garnered many accolades as a performer over the years. He was a finalist four times in the National Organ Competition at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, and won First Prize in the 1990 International Organ Competition organized by the University of Michigan. He has played organ recitals at many noted venues around the United States and has played carillon recitals there and abroad. In July and August of 2012, he made his seventh concert tour of Europe, playing recitals throughout The Netherlands, as well as in France, Spain, and Belgium.

He studied organ and carillon at Indiana University (Bloomington), the University of Michigan, and the University of Kansas, holding degrees in organ performance from the latter two schools. He was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His instructors included Richard Carlson, Clyde Holloway, Robert Clark, and the late Robert Glasgow in organ, and Albert Gerken in carillon. 

He is very active in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, where he serves as chairman of the Johan Franco Composition Committee (which commissions new music for carillon and organizes composition competitions). He also serves on the Music Publications Committee. He is very active as an editor and arranger of music for GCNA publications, as well as a contributing composer. He has performed at numerous congresses of the GCNA, as well as at several carillon festivals and a congress of the World Carillon Federation. In the summer of 2002, he presented a recital on the organ of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University as part of the Chicago convention of the Organ Historical Society. He performed both on the organ and on the carillon for the 2007 Indianapolis Convention of the Organ Historical Society. He performed on the carillon again in Cleveland (2009) and Chicago (2012) for conventions of the OHS. 

In 2003, Mr. Gouwens completed a method book for teaching beginning students on the carillon. The book, "Playing the Carillon: An Introductory Method," is the first American carillon method book. It underwent considerable revision and expansion in 2010. It is published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and is in use worldwide. Some excerpts from the book may be viewed online. In 2012, Gouwens wrote a textbook for teaching Campanology (the study of bells), published by the North American Carillon School. Portions of that book may also be viewed online.

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