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In-house record company delivers hands-on training for Evangel music students

November 3, 2013 | Paul K. Logsdon


Thanks to student demand, Evangel University launched a Music Industry  major several years ago, and response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“This program has benefited students who are passionate about the process of creating music,” says Dr. Michael Kolstad, chair of the Music Department.

The Music Industry major blends Evangel’s highly regarded music program with engineering, communication and business courses, and it integrates hands-on experience with state-of-the-art audio technology. The program includes both a recording technology track and a music business track.

“Technology is a huge interest for me,” says Ben Blevins, a senior from Pueblo, Colorado. “When I saw Evangel offered a music business degree I had to jump at the opportunity.”

With this degree program, students actually work on the process of recording their music, from start to finish, through Evangel’s in-house record label, oneSIXone.

“Everything from scheduling their recording sessions to producing artwork is done by students,” says Matt Moore, adjunct music professor and recording engineer.

Evangel has a digital recording studio, built adjacent to its acoustically tuned 300-seat Fine Arts Auditorium. Tour the facilities through our virtual campus tour.

“We also have portable gear for remote recordings,” says Moore. “In both settings, we teach our students the process of capturing clean audio.”

Recently, Moore and his students produced the Evangel University Concert Orchestra’s ninth album, How Sweet the Sound. It was recorded with the remote equipment in the 2,200-seat chapel auditorium, which is the former home of the Springfield Symphony.

The Concert Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of violin.

“It is has been the tradition of the Music Department to create CDs for our touring groups, such as the Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir,” says Dissmore. “Our in-house record label now gives students the expertise to produce and package those products.”

The orchestra CDs are available on tour, as well as through the Evangel University Music Department in the Barnett Fine Arts Center. How Sweet the Sound will soon be available on iTunes, as well. For more information, (417) 865-2811 ext. 7212.


Kim Jeyaraj contributed to this story. Jeyaraj is a grad assistant in the Evangel University Public Relations department.

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