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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 30, 2015

Northwest alumnus, music composer to address winter graduates

Greg Gilpin, a Northwest Missouri State University alumnus and music composer, will address Northwest graduates and their families during its winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 18.

“We are very pleased to have Greg joining us for our winter commencement ceremony,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “He has used his Northwest education and experiences to build a successful career in the music industry as well as teach aspiring musicians and singers. Greg understands what it means to be part of a team and a successful collaborator, and our graduates will benefit from hearing him share his wisdom.”

Gilpin is a 1986 graduate of Northwest, where he received a degree in vocal music education and published his first choral works as a senior student.

Gilpin began piano lessons at age 4 and became an accomplished accompanist for choirs in school and his family’s church while continuing his music study of piano, trumpet, French horn and voice. By the time he arrived at Northwest, he had developed a strong knowledge of choral music and had directed a church choir for more than four years.

Since 1986, Gilpin’s career has been musically diverse, continuing in music education as a choral arranger, composer, and private voice and piano instructor. He has served as a clinician for many middle school, high school and all-state choral ensembles. He has worked nationally as a choreographer, studio musician and back-up singer.

Today, he is an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit as well as a highly respected choral conductor. He performs frequently as a singer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and with recording artist Sandi Patty. He has conducted throughout the world including respected and historic venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

He resides in Indianapolis and is director of educational choral publications for Shawnee Press Inc. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

For the first time in the history of its winter commencement activities, Northwest will host two ceremonies. Northwest will confer master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees at 10 a.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, and undergraduates will be honored at 1 p.m. in Bearcat Arena.

Doors will open to guests one hour prior to each ceremony. Shuttle services will be provided from parking lots 62 & 63 to the Ron Houston Center and the Lamkin Activity Center circle drives.

More than 260 students are expected to receive master’s or specialist degrees through the University’s graduate school. More than 330 undergraduate students from Northwest’s three colleges are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees.

No tickets are necessary to attend either ceremony. To accommodate guests who cannot attend, Northwest will offer a live online stream of the ceremonies at   

Graduates along with their families and friends also are invited to interact with Northwest’s social media before, during and after the commencement ceremonies. Users may share their graduation memories on Twitter by using the hashtag #NWGrad, or submit graduation photos to Northwest’s Flickr feed. Photos can be taken with a mobile phone and sent to Submitted photos will appear immediately on Northwest’s Flickr page at

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, through Thursday, Dec. 17, or one hour before each ceremony at the graduates’ respective venues.

Complete details about commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site,

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