Evangel University’s Music Department offers an array of relevant and inspiring musical experiences for students. Our ensembles serve to sharpen musical skills, satisfy creative impulses, and provide valuable performing experience. Evangel University ensembles perform frequently on and off campus. Our performing groups have garnered a reputation for excellence through conference appearances, professional engagements, ministry, and international concert tours. Two ensembles—the Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir—are dedicated touring groups that travel regularly throughout the United States and Europe.
Selected by audition, the 36-member Sinfonia has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Under its former name, Concert Orchestra, the ensemble completed its most recent European tour in May 2012 performing 20 concerts in 6 nations. The Sinfonia performs music designed for use in churches, schools, and concert halls and performs regularly in Springfield, Missouri and across the nation. The Sinfonia is directed by Dr. Larry Dissmore, Professor of Music.
The Sinfonia records a new album every two years. Its most recent CD, How Sweet the Sound, is available for download through iTunes, Rhapsody, and other online retailers. A new album is scheduled for release in the spring of 2016. Hard copies of any of the Sinfonia’s CDs are available through the Evangel University Music Department Office, 417-865-2815, Ext. 2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sinfonia/Concert Orchestra’s complete discography includes:
1997 Concert Orchestra 1997 [Premier Album]
1999 Enter His Gates
2001 Love Divine
2005 Always Faithful
2007 For Christ Alone
2009 Declare His Praise!
2011 On Mountains High
2013 How Sweet the Sound
The University Orchestra is comprised of 50 student musicians pursuing majors in music as well as a variety of other fields available at the University. The Orchestra performs 5-6 times during the school year. Repertoire includes a wide range of music drawn from the standard orchestral literature. Membership is open to all students with the permission of the instructor. In addition to its orchestral concerts, the ensemble frequently collaborates with other ensembles at the University in the performance of oratorios, musicals, and operas.
The University Orchestra was honored in the fall of 2011 to have its live performance of David Kraehenbuehl’s Toccata Sinfonica accepted on the newly released CD—The Music of David Kraehenbuehl: An Anthology. Available through the David Kraehenbuehl Society (www.davidkraehenbuehlsociety.org), the two-CD set also features performances by internationally celebrated musicians such as cellist, Joel Krosnick, conductor, Margaret Hillis, the LaSalle String Quartet and others. Additionally, the University Orchestra has been honored with invited performances at the Missouri Music Educators Conference.
The University Orchestra is directed by Dr. Larry Dissmore, Professor of Music.
The Symphonic Band is a large ensemble setting open to any Evangel University students. The Symphonic Band serves an important role for the University in that it provides the student body with the opportunity to continue their participation in a musical ensemble regardless of their major. The band rehearses every Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm – 5:00pm in preparation for their two Spring concerts on campus each semester. Students enrolled in Symphonic Band may receive .5 hours of academic credit by registering for MORG 111.The ensemble is under the direction of Mr. Matt Moore, director of Evangel University Bands.
The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra performs contemporary compositions as well as jazz classics and sacred jazz arrangements. The ensemble offers students of all majors the opportunity to experience jazz performance and a variety of jazz styles. Rehearsals also provide a setting in which students can learn some of the finer points of improvisation, jazz history and theory. In addition to regular concerts on campus, the Jazz Orchestra performs at churches, schools, workshops and festivals in Springfield and beyond.The University Jazz Orchestra meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 5 p.m. Enrollment is by audition on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass and drums/percussion. For more information, or to book the Jazz Orchestra for your event, contact Mr. Joel Griffin. EU Jazz Studies on Facebook
The marching band has become an integral part of life at Evangel. The band will perform at all home football games, local parades and various school events, such as Homecoming, EU Launch and EU24. Additionally, the band will participate in one major trip every three to four years, potentially the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Bowl Parade, or other major national event.
Marching Band is open to all students regardless of major and is an excellent way to become involved. The group gains exposure and prestige for the university, helps with recruitment efforts and is a wonderful educational experience for all involved. Find out more on the marching band’s dedicated web page.
The Faculty Brass Quintet is the brass quintet-in-residence at Evangel University. The quintet includes Mr. Tim Wootton and Mr. Darren Eddington (trumpet), Dr. Eric Jackson (horn), Mr. Matt Moore (trombone) and Dr. Brad Coker (tuba). In addition to playing for university functions, the quintet enjoys performing in the surrounding community. The Faculty Brass Quintet is available for performances, clinics, workshops and other events. To schedule an event with the quintet, please contact Mr. Tim Wootton at email@example.com.
HeartSong is a group of 12 singers and 10 instrumentalists directed by Dr. Bonnie Jenkins. The groups has roots at Central Bible College, and was integrated with Evangel’s music ministries after consolidation in 2013. Known for its powerful worship, high energy, musical excellence and ministry emphasis, HeartSong ministers nationally and internationally through worship concerts. Their music includes contemporary, traditional, and gospel worship styles as they perform for multi-generational and cultural audiences. In spring 2014, HeartSong will travel to Italy and minister in Rome, along with other cities and towns. They also tour on weekends during the school year and throughout summer breaks. HeartSong has released a number of worship albums and frequently leads the campus in worship for chapels and other special events.
Other ensembles include the Opera Scenes Workshop, Handbell Choir and Guitar Ensemble. Contact the Music Department for more information about any of these groups.
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