Feb. 7, 2005
The Morningside College Music Department will present a concert Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
An assortment of music will be performed including the music of Aaron Copland, Gordon Jacob, Heinrich Schutz, and Claude Debussy. The concert will conclude with a combined group performance of Carmen Dragon’s “America the Beautiful,” in honor of President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 21.
The concert will feature performances by a variety of vocal and instrumental groups. Vocal groups include the Morningside College Choir, Singing Men of Morningside, the Bel Canto Singers, and the Eclectix Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Instrumental groups include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Brass Quintet, and the Percussion Ensemble.
The Morningside College Choir, Singing Men of Morningside, the Bel Canto Singers, and the Eclectix Vocal Jazz Ensemble are directed by Tim Watson, assistant professor and director of choral activities at Morningside.
Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota. He taught previously at the Le Mars (Iowa) Community High School, where he served as choral director and as the music administrator for the Le Mars Community School District. He is currently president-elect for the Iowa Choral Director’s Association.
Clifford Towner, assistant professor of music and Morningside’s director of bands, will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Brass Quintet, and the Percussion Ensemble.
Towner holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music and a master’s in music education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Before coming to Morningside College, Towner taught high school music for ten years in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.
For more information, contact the Morningside College music department at (712) 274-5210, or the office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.