Music

One of Evangel’s greatest strengths is our professional, caring faculty. The Music Department includes some of the region’s strongest performers, conductors and teachers. Our music faculty contribute actively to the vibrant artistic life of the Evangel campus, the Springfield community and the church body. They are recognized throughout the country as skilled performers, scholars and teachers. They participate in important professional organizations, conferences and events. Moreover, Evangel’s faculty share a common commitment: giving their best for their students. Our professors work together to build up each student musically, academically and spiritually; and with 11 full-time faculty, our students receive individualized attention.


Department Chair

Michael Kolstad - Professor (1991)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.M., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
D.M.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
(Applied areas – trombone, euphonium, tuba)

Ashley Brown – Administrative Assistant
Tonya Thurman – Administrative Assistant


 Music Faculty

Starla Blair (2011)
(Applied area – string techniques)
Eric Jackson (2009)
B.M., Missouri State University
M.M., Indiana University
(Applied area – horn)
Robert Baker (2011) Linda Ligate - Professor (1986)
B.M., University of British Columbia
M.M., University of Illinois
D.M., Florida State University
(Applied area – piano)
Marilyn Boston (2012)
(Applied area – organ)
Tom Matrone (2003)
A.A., Zion Bible Institute
B.M.E., Northwest College
M.M., Drake University
(Applied area – piano)
Timothy Wootton (2007)
B.M., Missouri State University
M.M., Arizona State University
(Applied area – trumpet)
Matt Moore (2009)
B.A., Evangel College
(Applied area – trombone)
Kathleen Cowens (2008)
B.M., Missouri State University
M.S., Missouri State University
(Applied area – flute)
Gregory Morris - Professor (1999)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.M., Texas Christian University
D.M.A., University of North Texas
(Applied area – piano)
Larry Dissmore - Professor (1988)
B.M.E., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
M.M., Wichita State University
D.M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
(Applied areas – violin, viola)
Jason Salazar (2007)
B.A., Evangel University
M.M., Missouri State University
(Applied area – music industry)
Doree Donaldson (1995)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City
(Applied area – piano)
Deryk Schudy (2012)
(Applied area –  tuba)
William Elliott (2011)
(Applied area – cello)
Sheri Slater (2000)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.M., Texas Tech University
D.M.A., Texas Tech University
(Applied area – clarinet)
Dawn Gutierrez (2011)
(Applied area – applied voice)
Susan Smith - Associate Professor (1980)
B.M.E., Oral Roberts University
M.S., Southwest Missouri State University
(Applied area – voice)
Joel Griffin
B.A., Missouri Southern State University
M.M., Missouri State University
Director of Jazz Studies
(Applied area - saxophone)
Lia Southern
(Applied area – bassoon)
Christine Hammar (2010)
(Applied area – handbells)
Mark Lawley (2010)
B.M., Evangel University
M.M., Missouri State University
(Applied area – applied voice)
Clint Harrison (1995)
B.M., Southwest Baptist University
(Applied area – guitar)
Randall Wildman (2011)
(Applied area – class piano, applied piano and theory)
Robin Hendry (2003)
B.M., St. Louis Conservatory of Music
(Applied area – percussion)
Sharon Wilkins (1984)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.A., Drury College
(Applied area – piano)
Jane Harris (1991)
B.A. Washburn University of Topeka
M.A. Missouri State University
(Applied area – piano)
Dr. Bonnie Jenkins (1993)
B.M.Ed. Evangel University
M.S. Missouri State University
Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia
(Applied area – voice)
 Maria Hensley (2011)
(Applied area – oboe)
 Daniel Hancock
(Applied area – organ)
Dr. Grace St. Pierre
(Applied area – voice)
Jena Cantrell
(Applied area – voice)
Dr. Marcia Mahnken
(Applied area – voice)
Darice Augustson
(Applied – harp)
Jonathan Mussetter
(Applied areas – piano and saxophone)
Daniel Gutierrez
(Applied area – voice)
Esther Clifton
(Applied area – cello)
 Krista Smith
(Applied area – voice)
Riley Robison
(Applied area – bass)
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Joel Griffin: Director of Jazz Studies

Joel Griffin had never been around great live jazz music until his junior year of high school. That’s when his band director took him to a music camp that featured Jim Widner’s Big Band. During a show, the group’s saxophonist Kim Park took off on a solo that altered Griffin’s course. “My mouth dropped open ...

Categories: Music

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Jason Salazar: Assistant professor of music and Immanence director

Jason Salazar, assistant professor of music, has been a member of the music faculty at Evangel since 2007. Along with teaching a variety of music courses, he directs Evangel’s touring worship band, “Immanence.” Salazar graduated from Evangel in 1998. He then served as minister of music at churches in California and Texas. In 2001, he ...

Categories: Music (Bachelors of Science), Music Business, Music Technology

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Dr. Michael Kolstad: Music Department chair

Dr. Michael Kolstad serves as chair of the Music Department and professor of low brass at Evangel University. A 1988 graduate of  Evangel, Kolstad earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in trombone  performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During  his tenure at Evangel, he has made significant contributions in the music  field, ...

Categories: Music, Music (minor), Performance

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