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Dr. Stephen Town

Dr. Stephen Town



230 Fine Arts



Joined Northwest in 1986

Professor of Music


  • D.M.; Indiana University
  • M.M.; University of North Texas
  • B.M.; University of North Texas

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills Training
  • Tower Choir

Academic Interests

  • English and German Music
  • Music and the Politics of Culture
  • Musicology
  • Choral Conducting and Choral Music
  • Art Song

Scholarly Activity

Compilation (since Joining the Faculty in 1986)

  • Research Grants: 41 (10 of them Federal/International)
    • which provided research stints at New York University, the University of Maryland-College Park, Rutgers University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Cambridge University and Oxford University
  • Teaching Grants: 49
  • Publications: 2 Musicological Books and 1 Book Chapter
    • Dr. Town published (in 2012) An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson (Ashgate Music Publishing)
    • During his tenure at Cambridge University, Dr. Town finished his second book, “The Selected Choral-Orchestral Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: Autographs, Context, Discourse” (published by Lexington, 2019).
  • Publications: 79+ Book Reviews
  • Publications: 13 Articles
  • Presentations: 26 Paper Presentations (selected)
  • Panel Sessions: Numerous (International and National conferences)
  • Editorial Duties: Choral Journal Editorial Board (since 1991)
  • Conductor: 125+ Choral Concerts
    • with his Tower Choir performing at Carnegie Hall (with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Town) and at a National Conference (of the National Collegiate Choral Organization)
  • Recitals: 61 (International, National, and State conference/university venues)
    • particularly significant were at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London and in Vienna, Austria) and was invited to appear on the Memorial Concert for the émigré composer, Ernest Krenek, at the University of California-San Diego
  • Senior/Graduate Voice Recitals: 50+
  • Sabbaticals: 2
    • During the 2014 Spring Semester, he resided at Clare Hall, Cambridge University as a sabbatical recipient and Visiting Research Fellowship awardee, where he has been elected a Life Member


  • Awarded tenure at Northwest Missouri State University, 1993
  • Awarded rank of professor at Northwest Missouri State University, 1996
  • Fourth director of the Tower Choir at Northwest Missouri State University, 1999
  • First faculty member to receive the Distinguished Faculty Awardee at Northwest Missouri State University, 2007
  • On January 28, 2015, the Senate of the State of Missouri, in Senate Resolution No. 201, congratulated Dr. Town on his achievements.


  • Several of his former students have earned doctorates or pursued the M.M. degree, and many are the vocal directors at high schools in the state.


Student Group Advisement

  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Student Chapter

Other Professional Experiences

  • Performed at the Memorial Concert for the Great Émigré Composer, Ernest Krenek, 1991
  • Eighth recipient of the prestigious Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellowship given by the Carthusian Trust and Charter House School in the United Kingdom to a North American scholar for research on the great English composer, 1993
  • First music faculty member selected to the Missouri London Program, 1996
  • Second music faculty member (after Richard Bobo, Emeritus Chair) to win a sabbatical, 2002
  • First faculty member to receive a conducting fellowship from Chorus American, 2007
  • First faculty member to conduct at Carnegie Hall, 2007
  • First faculty member to conduct a Northwest ensemble at a national conference, 2011


  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • The College Music Society (CMS)
  • Music Educators National Association (MENC)
  • Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA)
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA)
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO)