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The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured above, will perform a joint concert Feb. 28 with the Kearney High School Chamber Choir. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

The Northwest Tower Choir, pictured above, will perform a joint concert Feb. 28 with the Kearney High School Chamber Choir. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Feb. 23, 2016

Tower Choir to perform with Kearney High School Chamber Choir

The Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir and the Kearney High School Chamber Choir will present a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest campus. 

The concert continues the Guest Choral Ensembles Series initiated in 2004 by Dr. Stephen Town, Tower Choir conductor and a Northwest professor of music. It is free and open to the public.

“This should be an interesting concert for lovers of choral music,” Town said. “The Kearney High School Chamber Choir literature is at the university level and, as a result of an invitation, will be singing later in the semester at Lincoln Center in New York City.”

The Kearney High School Chamber Choir will sing “Canticum Novum,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” and “Ubi Caritas” by Ivo Antognini, “Rytmus” by Ivan Hrusovsky, and “Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet” by Northwest alumnus Greg Gilpin. 

The Tower Choir will sing “Seinn O” by J. David Moore (arr.), “Stars” by Ēriks Ěsenvalds, “Idumea” by Richard Bjella (arr.), and “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” by Antognini as well as “Beati Omnes” by Antognini with the Kearney High School Chamber Choir.

The Kearney High School Chamber Choir is comprised of 32 students whose musical accomplishments include membership in All-District and All-State choirs, Southwestern Division American Choral Directors Association honor choirs, consistent “I” and “II” ratings at district and state levels and nominees for musical theater performances by the Blue Star program. The choir has received invitations to sing for the Missouri Music Educators Association convention in 2006 and 2010; at Carnegie Hall in 2008, 2010, 2014; and the Lincoln Center in 2012 and 2016.

Dustin McKinney is the vocal music director for Kearney Junior High and High School. During his time there, the choirs have received numerous “I” ratings at festival and placed first in Chicago’s Windy City Classic in 2015. He has served as the Northwest District representative for the Missouri Choral Director’s Association and the Choral Treasurer for the Northwest Missouri Music Educators Association. McKinney is a member of MMEA, National Association for Music Education, Missouri Choral Directors Association, Missouri State Teachers Association and Phi Mu Alpha. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Methodist University and his Master of Music degree from Missouri State University. 

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

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