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Northwest Missouri State University

Stephen Town

Stephen Town



230 Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1986

Professor of Music


  • D.M.; Indiana University
  • M.M.; University of North Texas
  • B.M.; University of North Texas

Courses Taught

  • 19-155/355/555 Applied Voice
  • 19-171/172 Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • 19-173/174 Theory of Music
  • 19-207/208 Tower Choir
  • 19-419 Independent Study
  • 19-402/602 Music Practicum

Academic Interests

  • English and German Music
  • Music and the Politics of Culture
  • Musicology
  • Choral Conducting and Choral Music
  • Art Song

Scholarly Activity

Compilation (since Joining the Faculty in 1986)

  • Grants/Fellowships: 34 (10 Federal/International)
  • Grants/Teaching: 33
  • Publications: 1 Book (Forthcoming 2012)
  • Publications: 1 Book Chapter
  • Publications: 79+ Book Reviews
  • Publications: 13 Articles
  • Presentations: 19 Paper Presentations (selected)
  • Panel Sessions: Numerous
  • Editorial Duties: Choral Journal Editorial Board (since 1991)
  • Performances/Choral: 11 Convention/Symposia/Invited + numerous on campus
  • Performances/Singing: 75 (primarily) complete solo voice recitals

Student Group Advisement

  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Student Chapter

Other Professional Experiences

  • Performed at the Memorial Concert for the Great Émigré Composer, Ernest Krenek, 1991
  • Eighth recipient of the prestigious Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellowship given by the Carthusian Trust and Charter House School in the United Kingdom to a North American scholar for research on the great English composer, 1993
  • First music faculty member selected to the Missouri London Program, 1996
  • Scond music faculty member (after Richard Bobo, Emeritus Chair) to win a sabbatical, 2002
  • First faculty member to receive a conducting fellowship from Chorus American, 2007
  • First faculty member to conduct at Carnegie Hall, 2007
  • First faculty member to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award, 2007
  • First faculty member to conduct a Northwest ensemble at a national conference, 2011


  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • The College Music Society (CMS)
  • Music Educators National Association (MENC)
  • Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA)
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA)
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO)