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Oct. 14, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will perform with Winnetonka High School choirs Sunday, Oct. 23, a continuation of the Guest Choral Ensembles Series initiated by Tower Choir Conductor and Professor of Music Dr. Stephen Town.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature the Tower Choir performing with Winnetonka’s A Cappella Choir and Spectrum of Sound Choir. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest campus.
Under the direction of Northwest alumnus Jason Elam, the Winnetonka A Cappella Choir and Spectrum of Sound Choir are ensembles that have been part of the fabric of Winnetonka High School, located in North Kansas City, Missouri, since the building opened in 1971 under the direction of Dr. Rick Weymuth, who also served as a Northwest faculty member and director of choirs from 1980 to 2001.
“The ensembles have performed under the skilled hands of teachers such as Janice Ragland, Alan Bunch, Tom Gifford, Cindy Lakin, Jim Swofford, Regina Kellogg, Janice Popejoy and most recently Jason Elam,” Town said. “Each director has taken the ensembles to new heights and experiences with consideration for the complex diversity that is held within the walls of what we affectionately call Tonka. These ensembles consist of highly auditioned students who are motivated through pride to achieve and sustain the very best that Tonka has to offer.”
Elam is in his third year of teaching at Winnetonka High School in the North Kansas City School District. His duties include co-teaching eighth grade choir at Antioch Middle School, Mixed Women’s Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Men’s choir, A Cappella Choir and Spectrum of Sound.
Originally from Winfield, Kansas, Elam received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwest in 1997. As an educator, Elam has taught in the Raymore-Peculiar, Harrisonville, Chillicothe and Kearney school districts. He enjoys co-directing musicals at Winnetonka as well as conducting clinics in the Kansas City Area. He is a member of MMEA, NAfME, MCDA, ACDA, NEA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Delta Chi and Kappa Kappa Psi. Elam also has served as the district choral director for the Northwest District of MCDA.
The Spectrum of Sound ensemble will sing “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing.” The A Cappella Choir will offer “Ave Verum” by Mozart, “The Pasture” by Z. R. Stroope, and “Ride On, King Jesus” by De Cormier.
The Tower Choir will present “In Your Light” with percussion by Daniel Elder, “God’s Grandeur” by Daniel Brinsmead, “Data Est Mihi” by James MacMillan, “Flight Song” by Arnesen and “Miniyama Nayo” by Rudoi.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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