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The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured above, will perform a joint concert March 2 with the Blue Valley Northwest High School Chorale.

The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured above, will perform a joint concert March 2 with the Blue Valley Northwest High School Chorale. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Feb. 14, 2013

Tower Choir to perform concert with Blue Valley Northwest Chorale

The Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir and the Blue Valley Northwest High School Chorale will present a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest campus.

The joint concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of musical selections. The Blue Valley Northwest Chorale will present “Windham” arranged by Brad Holmes, “Come Sweet Death” by Johann Sebastian Bach and arranged by Rhonda Sanberg, “Sing Joyfully” by William Byrd, “Amor De Mi Alma” by Z. Randall Stroope and “My Soul’s Been Anchored In The Lord” by Moses Hogan. 

The Tower Choir will present “Cantus in Harmonia” by Mack Wilberg, “I Sing As I Arise Today” by James Fritschel, “Warum?” by Johannes Brahms, “Sensemaya” by Sid Robinovitch, “Northern Lights” by Ola Gjeilo and “Lay Earth’s Burden Down” by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

The program is a part of the Guest Choral Ensembles Series founded by Dr. Stephen Town, Tower Choir director and professor of music.

The Blue Valley Northwest Chorale, conducted by Kevin Coker, is the premiere auditioned large vocal ensemble at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan. Comprised primarily of juniors and seniors, the 88-voice choir places high value on music literacy and musicianship skills. The Chorale has earned top honors at festivals throughout the Midwest and has received invitations to perform across the United States. 

Most recently, the choir was selected to perform during the prestigious National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall. They are one of three ensembles selected from across the county and are the first ensemble ever selected from Kansas. Committed to the performance of new music, the Blue Valley Northwest choral department commissioned a new work by Joshua Shank, which will debut in the spring of 2014. Kevin Coker is in his third year as the director of choirs at Blue Valley Northwest.  

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