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Sept. 30, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will continue its Guest Choral Ensembles Series with a concert featuring the Liberty North High School Concert Choir and Chamber Choir.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The Guest Choral Ensembles Series was initiated by Northwest Professor of Music and Tower Choir Conductor Dr. Stephen Town in 2004.
“This should be one of the finest concerts in the series since its inception,” Town said. “The Liberty North High School Concert Choir is comprised of 65 singers and the Chamber Choir of 24. The literature that they will be presenting is at the university level and will match the literature programed by the Northwest Tower Choir.”
Liberty North’s Chamber Choir will sing “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Giovanni Batista Da Palestrina, “Himenami (The Divine Wave)” by Dan Forest and “Remember” (from “Two Rossetti Songs”) by Stephen Chatman; the Concert Choir will sing “Cantate Domino” by Claudio Monteverdi, “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner, and “Doors of Daring” by Andrea Ramsey.
The Tower Choir will sing “Nyon, Nyon” by Jake Runestad, “Long Road” by Ēriks Ešenvalds, “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope and “Unclouded Day” (from “Heavenly Home: Three American Songs”) as arranged by Shawn Kirchner.
Town noted the vocal music department, established with the opening of the Liberty North High School in 2010, is a vibrant and growing element of the school’s culture. The program has grown from one, 30-voiced, non-auditioned ensemble to five ensembles with nearly 200 students. The ensembles consist of the 70-voice Liberty North Chorale, a non-auditioned women’s choir; the auditioned, 30-voice Women’s Honor Choir; and the 65-voice Concert Choir. New this school year is the 30-voice, non-auditioned Men’s Choir. Members who are selected to the Concert Choir also have the opportunity to audition for Chamber Choir, an extracurricular choir that meets outside of the school day.
The Liberty North High School choirs have established a tradition of excellence that includes consistent superior ratings at the state’s large group and solo and ensemble festivals, and numerous all-district and all-state singers. The choirs have worked with notable musicians such as R. Paul Crabb, Charles Robinson, Jan Kraybill, Susan LaBarr, Gabe Lewis-O’Conner, Anthony Magglione and Ryan Sullivan. Invited to perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on three separate occasions, the choirs also seek out festivals to share ideas, music and performances with outstanding musicians whose purpose is to enrich the lives of others through the vocal arts.
Brian T. Hartman, the director of choral activities at Liberty North High School, is in his 14th year of public school education. Prior to his appointment at Liberty North, he held the same role at Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit West high schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Wichita State University and his master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a performer, Hartman is a three-time winner of the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. He is a charter member of Kanto, a men’s ensemble that focuses on community service through music based in Kansas City.
He enjoys frequent clinician, judging, and performance opportunities in Missouri and Kansas. He has served in numerous capacities for the Missouri Choral Director’s Association in addition to professional affiliations with the Missouri All-State Choir, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education and American Choral Directors Association.
Formed decades ago by Ralph E. Hartzell, 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 150 concerts for high schools, colleges, universities, churches and organizations in 12 states as well as Washington, D.C. The ensemble has performed 13 peer-reviewed or invitational concerts for learned societies or regional and state conventions, meetings and symposia.
For more information about Tower Choir and other music ensembles at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/music/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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