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The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured here, will perform a joint concert Oct. 28 with the Platte County High School Concert Choir.

The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured above, will perform a joint concert Oct. 28 with the Platte County High School Concert Choir. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Oct. 19, 2012

Tower Choir to present concert with Platte County High School ensemble

The Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir and the Platte County High School Concert Choir will present a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Charles Johnson Theater as part of the Guest Choral Ensembles Series founded by Dr. Stephen Town, professor of music and director of the Tower Choir.

The joint concert will include a variety of musical selections performed by each choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

Among the highlights, the Tower Choir will be supported by Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music at Northwest, and will feature Cody Bradley as accompanist on one number, “Ubi Caritas,” for which he provided the piano transcription. Bradley, a Maryville native, is a senior music major.

“All of the Tower Choir selections are different from one another, unique, arresting and challenging,” Town said.

The Concert Choir will perform  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” a traditional American melody from John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, arranged by Mack Wilberg. The choir will be supported on the piece by organist Lynn Sanders, who retired after 18 years as an accompanist in the Platte County High School music department. She continues to perform as the Northwest Missouri All-District Choir accompanist and organist for the Platte City United Methodist Church.  

The 2012 Platte County R-3 High School Concert Choir is comprised of 75 auditioned singers from the sophomore, junior and senior classes. The choir rehearses daily in preparation for three major concerts as well as district and state music festivals. The Concert Choir consistently earns Honor I Ratings at the State Large Ensemble Music Festival, and many of its singers continue to perform at the university level.

Currently, six Platte County alumni are singing in Northwest’s Tower Choir. The Platte County High School Concert Choir is directed by Northwest alumna and Parkville native Joyce Hisel.

The Northwest Tower Choir continues to sing at a high level established last year when the ensemble performed two invited concerts as the result of a peer-review, blind evaluation process, the 2011 National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo., and the 2011 State Conference of the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) in Lincoln, Neb.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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