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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 1, 2010

Tower Choir to present joint concert with Spring Hill High School Madrigals

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir will present a concert with the Spring Hill (Kan.) High School Madrigals at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Spring Hill High School Madrigals is an auditioned chamber ensemble of 26 members under the direction of Georann G. Whitman, a native of Maryville and a Northwest graduate, receiving his bachelor's in vocal music education in 1989. A vital part of the choral curriculum at Spring Hill High School, the Madrigals study and perform music of many genres and participate in five concerts each year.

In addition to district and state level contests, the Madrigals give numerous performances in the Spring Hill and greater Kansas City area communities each year. In 2002, the Madrigals made their first appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City and were invited to return in 2006, where they performed John Leavitt's "Requiem."

Formed decades ago by Ralph E. Hartzell and presently under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, the Northwest Tower Choir has a rich and varied history of outstanding choral performance and musical perfection. Since 1999, the ensemble has performed more than 100 concerts for high schools, colleges, universities, churches, institutions and organizations throughout the country. In addition, the ensemble has given nine peer-reviewed and invitation concerts for regional and state conventions, meetings and symposia.

The shared concert is part of the ongoing Northwest Guest Choral Ensembles Concert Series initiated by Town, which has features extraordinary ensembles in concert with the Tower Choir.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468