Roger C. Towler’s musical history shows him wearing several musical hats: teacher, singer, conductor and composer. He directed choirs and bands in MN schools for nearly 40 years. As a semi-professional baritone, he sang many of the classic roles in oratorios and requiems, plus these song cycles: Winterreise, Songs of Travel, Dichterliebe and his own I Play Flute.
Recently in a recital of his works he premiered I Play Flute, Peonies, The Duel, and Footprints in the Sand. Recent choir premieres include: Shepherds Awake!, Crosses, Sing Alleluia and the exciting When Music Sounds, with full orchestra. His Minnesota, We Honor Thee is a favorite of many school students around the state. He studied composition at the University of Minnesota with Paul Fetler and Judith Zaimont, plus Scott Miller at SCSU. His interesting compositions for voice and choir earned him the Composition Award from the Central MN Arts Board.
For four decades Towler performed Music Theater both as a singer and conductor. He still adjudicates vocal contests for the State High School League, plus directing three choirs. He with his wife, Sue, co-authored several poems for his compositions. They live on the Mississippi River in Sauk Rapids and enjoy trying to spoil their grandchildren.