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Aug. 22, 2011
Dr. Stephen Town, professor of music at Northwest Missouri State University, in June traveled to Athens, Greece, where he presented an invited, peer-reviewed paper for the Athens Institute for Education and Research International Conference on the Visual and Performance Arts.
Delegates at the conference represented major universities from around the world and presented scholarly research in the categories of architecture, art history, arts education, costume design and fashion, dance, environmental issues, iconographic considerations, music, photography, technology and other arts issues, studio issues, theatre, film and television.
Town's paper, "The Morning Watch by Edmund Rubbra: Context, Poetry, Sketches and Setting," dealt with one of the English composer's large choral-orchestral works and included an assessment of the autograph manuscripts deposited in the British Library, located in London.
Additionally, during the summer months, Town completed eight book reviews on topics of interest to him, including historical studies on 19th and 20th century English music (the Wesleys, Vaughan Williams's symphonies and letters), pedagogical studies on choral conducting and singing, the examination of autograph sketches and mentoring in the ensemble arts. The long reviews will appear in forthcoming issues of the Choral Journal, the official journal of the American Choral Directors Association, for which Town is book reviews editor and editorial board member.
Town joined the Northwest faculty in 1986 and conducts the Tower Choir.
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