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Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, has been selected to perform at the Nebraska Music Educators Association conference. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, has been selected to perform at the Nebraska Music Educators Association conference. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Nov. 10, 2017

Tower Choir selected to present concert at Nebraska conference

Northwest Missouri State University’s award-winning Tower Choir will present an invited concert at the 2017 state conference of the Nebraska Music Educators Association. 

Tower Choir will perform at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1144 M St., in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is one of the conference performance venues in the city’s downtown. 

The ensemble was selected through a competitive application process that included the submission of an audio recording and evaluation by a panel of choral experts.

“Invited, peer-reviewed concerts are indicators of the musical, vocal and pedagogical success of a choral program,” Dr. Stephen Town, Tower Choir’s conductor and a professor of music at Northwest, said. “Since the application and vetting process is conducted in an anonymous manner, the panel of choral experts do not know to whom they are listening. They simply scrutinize the recordings for superlative choral singing. To be chosen is signal accomplishment.”

The invitation is the third the Tower Choir has received to perform at the state showcase, having appeared there previously in 2011 and 2014.  The Tower Choir also has accepted invitations to the Missouri Music Educators Association State Conferences, which employs the same application process, in 2003, 2010 and 2015. It appeared at the national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2011.

“All of the choral teachers in the state of Nebraska will be aware that the Tower Choir of Northwest Missouri State University is performing at the Nebraska state conference and, because of this appearance and previous ones, they can feel confident in the musical education that their students will receive should they decide to come to our University,” Town said. “Naturally, such events are recruiting opportunities. The students in the Tower Choir will have the experience of singing their music in a forum that is attended by choral teachers and aficionados. As such, the level of scrutiny is much more intense than singing for an audience of friends and parents.”

Since the 1999-2000 academic year, under the direction of Town, the ensemble has performed more than 130 concerts for high schools, colleges, universities, churches, institutions and organizations in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas as well as Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. In addition, the ensemble has given 14 peer-reviewed or invited concerts for learned societies, regional and state conventions, meetings, and symposia.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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