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Northwest’s Tower Choir will present its next concert Saturday, March 14, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts with a a 27-member professional orchestra.(Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest’s Tower Choir will present its next concert Saturday, March 14, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts with a a 27-member professional orchestra. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

March 18, 2015

Northwest Tower Choir departs on nine-day spring break tour

(Updated March 20, 2015)

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir is again embarking on a spring break tour that will take them to parts of Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee for presentations to choral students and performances at churches.  

The Tower Choir departed on the tour Thursday, March 19, and will return Friday, March 27. To mark the beginning of the tour, the choir performed on the staircase of Northwest’s Administration Building Thursday morning.

The choir also performed Thursday at the Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde and at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Conception.

“The choir will have the opportunity to experience its music making in the rich acoustic environments of Clyde Convent, Conception Abbey and the stunning architecture of Independence Temple,” said Dr. Stephen Town, conductor of the Tower Choir and professor of music at Northwest. “It will sing on a performing arts series in Liberty and greet alumni at several of the concerts.”

The Tower Choir tours every four years during Northwest’s spring break. This year’s tour is scheduled to include both short performances and full-length concerts. It also will visit high schools in Maryville, Harrisonville and Blue Springs, Mo., in addition to enjoying some recreation time at Panama City Beach, Fla.

The tour music ranges from classically serious choral sections of various centuries to spirituals. Other performance stops will include Harrisonville Community Church in Harrisonville, Mo.; First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; North Wood United Methodist Church in Florence, Ala.; Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Mobile, Ala.; and Memphis, Tenn.

“Students from earlier eras at Northwest comment retrospectively on the tours they were able to experience,” Town said. “The extended tours provide a fund of indelible memories for the participants, serving as a four-year capstone to their time in Maryville and on campus.”

The Tower Choir will repeat some of the selections it performed on its tour during the group’s final concert of the academic year with the University Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

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