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The Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, will present a joint concert March 2 with the Iowa Western Community College Chamber Choir.

The Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, will present a joint concert March 2 with the Iowa Western Community College Chamber Choir. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Feb. 23, 2017

Tower Choir, Iowa Western Chamber Choir to present March 2 concert

Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will continue its Guest Choral Ensembles Series by presenting a concert Thursday, March 2, with Iowa Western Community College’s (IWCC) select Chamber Choir.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.

The IWCC Chamber Choir will present “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin; “Drop, Drop Slow Tears” by Orlando Gibbons; “Pie Jesu” from “Requiem” by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Deep River,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Russell Robinson; “Sing to Me” by Andrea Ramsey; and “I Sing Because I’m Happy” by Rollo Dillworth.

The Tower Choir will present “Kpanlongo” by Derek Bermel; “Canticle” by David Conte; “Even When He Is Silent” by Kim Arnesen; “An die Heimat” by Johannes Brahms; “As is the Sea Marvelous” by Eric Whitacre; and “Daniel, Servant of the Lord” by Stacey Gibbs.

The IWCC choral program is under the direction of Lucas Johnson, who is in his fifth year as the director of vocal music at the college in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He conducts the Concert Choir, First Edition Show Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Second Edition Chamber Choir, and the Southwest Iowa Community Women’s and Men’s Choruses. He previously served as high school director of vocal music in Atlantic, Iowa.

Johnson earned his master’s degree in music education with a choral emphasis at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and he completed his bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is active in the Iowa Choral Directors Association and serves as southwest Iowa representative, for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors' Association.

The concert is part of the ongoing series initiated in 2004 by Dr. Stephen Town, a professor of music at Northwest and the director of the Tower Choir.

Formed decades ago by Ralph E. Hartzell, the 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
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