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Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, will perform a joint concert March 11 with Maryville High School Spectrum.

Northwest’s Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, will perform a joint concert March 11 with Maryville High School Spectrum. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

March 2, 2018

Tower Choir, Maryville High School Spectrum performing joint concert

Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will present a free concert with the Maryville High School Spectrum at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest campus.

“The public is invited to hear these exceptional ensembles, both of whom will sing a program of diverse and fascinating music that will appeal to everyone,” Dr. Stephen Town, the conductor of the Tower Choir and a professor of music at Northwest, said.

The Maryville High School choral ensemble’s program will include “Homeland” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Prayer of the Children” by Andrea Klouse, “Take Me Home” by Roger Emerson and “Nobody Turn Me Around” by Neil Ginsburg. The Tower Choir’s program will include “Sweet Rivers” by Shawn Kirchner, “Alleluia” by Fredik Sixten, “When Music Sounds” by Conner J. Koppin, “Reggel” by György Ligeti, “Winter” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “In that Great Getting’ Up Morning” by Eli Villanueva.

The Maryville High School choral ensemble is under the direction of Northwest alumna Vanessa Parsons. Parsons was named the vocal music director at Maryville High School in 2014 and has taught elementary and middle school music in public and private schools for 19 years. At Maryville High School, Parsons directs Illumination, Spectrum and two sections of mixed choir, and she teaches courses in movement and music and American popular music. During the summer months, Parsons co-directs Maryville Young Players, a summer musical theater workshop for elementary and middle school-aged students.

Formed decades ago by Ralph E. Hartzell, the Northwest Tower Choir is an award-winning choral ensemble, consistently invited to state conferences, including by the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in 2011, 2014 and 2017, as well as by the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2011.

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.

The shared concert is part of the on-going Northwest Guest Choral Ensembles Concert Series established by Town in 2004 that has featured extraordinary ensembles performing with the Tower Choir.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468