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Northwest's Tower Choir, conducted by Dr. Stephen Town, will perform Nov. 4 with the Burke (Iowa) High School Concert Choir, conducted by Northwest alumnus David Groth. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Northwest's Tower Choir, conducted by Dr. Stephen Town, will perform Nov. 4 with the Burke (Iowa) High School Concert Choir, conducted by Northwest alumnus David Groth. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Oct. 21, 2018

Tower Choir, Burke High School Concert Choir to present joint concert

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will continue its Guest Choral Ensembles Concert Series with a joint concert featuring the Burke (Nebraska) High School Concert Choir.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

“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 concert will surely delight anyone who enjoys the ineffable beauties of music, choral music specifically, and young singers who present arresting and thrilling music.”

The Burke High School Concert Choir, directed by Northwest alumnus David Groth, consists of 70 singers and is one of five ensembles at the school with more than 140 students involved in the choral program. The Concert Choir has earned 1+ ratings at its district music contest the last two years and recently was invited to perform “Carmina Burana” in its entirety with the Omaha Symphony.

Groth, who is in his eighth year of teaching, earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in vocal music education in 2011. Before arriving at Burke, he taught at Riverside High School in Wathena, Kansas, and Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri. During his three years at Burke, Groth has revamped the show choir program, adding a women’s show choir, growing the varsity show choir and adding an instrumental combo. Groth is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Education Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

The Burke High School Concert Choir’s program will include “Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wonungen” by Johannes Brahms, “There is Faint Music” by Dan Forrest, “Gloria in D” by Antonio Vivaldi” and “From Heaven Distilled a Clemency” by Tarik O’Regan. The Tower Choir will perform, among others, “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” by Jonathan Dove, “Please Stay” by Jake Runestad, “Children of the Heavenly Father” by Eric Nelson and “Splendid Jewel” by Stephen Paulus.

The shared concert is part of the ongoing Northwest Guest Choral Ensembles Concert Series established by Town in 2004.

Formed decades ago by Ralph E. Hartzell, the Tower Choir is an award-winning choral ensemble, consistently invited to state conferences, including by the 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.


For more information, please contact:

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

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