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Oct. 14, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir and Staley High School’s Falcon Chorale and Chamber Choir will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Guest Choral Ensembles Series initiated by Tower Choir Conductor and Professor of Music Dr. Stephen Town in 2004.
“This should be one of the finest concerts in the series since its inception,” Town said. “All are invited to what will be a superb presentation by three exceptional choral ensembles.”
Staley’s Chamber Choir will sing “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless” by William Byrd, “Ubi Caritas” by Paul Mealor and “I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til The Spirit Moves In My Heart” by Moses Hogan. The Falcon Chorale will sing “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Stephen Paulus, “Leonardo Dreams Of His Flying Machine” by Eric Whitacre, “Good Night Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest and “Let Everything That Hath Breath” by Jeffery Ames.
The literature presented by the Staley choirs, Town noted, is at the university-level and will match the literature presented by the Tower Choir, which is preparing for invited presentations for the NMEA State Conference Nov. 20 and the MMEA State Conference Jan. 29, 2015.
The Tower Choir will sing “Alleluia” by Jake Runestad, “Exsultate” by Brian Edward Galante, “Nunc Dimittis” by Gustav Holst, and “Luminous Night of the Soul” by Ola Gjeilo with several other pieces.
The Falcon Chorale, comprised of 101 singers, and the Chamber Choir, consisting of 32 select members of the Falcon Chorale, are among five choirs at Staley High School. The school opened in 2008 in the North Kansas City School District and has an enrollment of about 1,300 students.
The Falcon Chorale has toured Norway and performed at the Ireland 2013 World Choral Fest. The Chamber Choir was selected to perform at the 2014 Missouri Music Educators Association Convention in Tan-Tar-a and performed Dr. Dan Forrest’s “Requiem” in June at Carnegie Hall with a fourth premier of one of Forrest’s pieces scheduled in December.
Tracy Resseguie has served as the director of choral activities at Staley High School since it opened. Having served previously as the director of choirs at Shawnee Mission East High School for 12 years, Resseguie has directed numerous all-district choral festivals at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He has served as the R&S Men’s Choir Chair for the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), and he has chaired the Northeast District of the Kansas Music Educators Association and state ACDA boards.
Resseguie’s choirs have toured Italy, Germany and Ireland, and they have been chosen to perform at state-level music conventions numerous times as well as the Southwest ACDA. Resseguie’s choirs have been named grand champion and outstanding small chamber at multiple festivals, including a recognition as Outstanding Large Concert Choir at the Winter Park Ski Music Festival.
His choirs have performed with the Kansas City Symphony, and he conducted the Kansas City Wind Symphony while his choirs of more than 400 singers performed “Carmina Burana” in Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
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 www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/music/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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