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.
- University Chorale
The University Chorale is a 45 member select choir which performs both on the Evangel University campus and in the community. The mission of the Chorale is to prepare and present only the best of sacred classical choral literature. In addition to on-campus performances, the Chorale regularly performs with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The Chorale will be joining the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in April of 2009 for a special presentation of the Verdi Requiem. Past collaborations include Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Mahler Tenth Symphony, and Mendelssohn Lobgesang.
The University Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Richard Honea. The University Chorale is accompanied by Dr. Linda Ligate.
- Concert Choir
If you are interested in bringing the Concert Choir to your home church, please contact Teresa DeVries. Auditions for the choir are required.
Concert Choir Spring 2013 Schedule Date Time Location Pastor/Principal City/State Sunday, Mar. 3 10:30 am First Assembly of God Michael Popineau Greeley, CO Sunday, Mar. 3 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church Erik Hanson Boulder, CO Monday, Mar. 4 9:25 am Faith Christian School Andrew Hasz Arvada, CO Tuesday, Mar. 5 9:30 am Evangelical Christian Academy Bob DeRuiter Colorado Springs, CO Tuesday, Mar. 5 7:00 pm Amazing Grace Fellowship Mark Apodaca Pueblo West, CO Wednesday, Mar 6 1:00 pm SonRise United Methodist Church Dave York Pueblo West, CO Wednesday, Mar 6 7:00 pm Praise Assembly of God Bobby Wilson Pueblo, CO
Thursday, Mar. 7
7:00 pm Grace Outreach Center Kent Barnard Rio Rancho, CO Friday, Mar. 8 1:25 pm Hobbs High School Jeff Cearley Hobbs, NM
Friday, Mar. 8
7:00 pm New Life Fellowship Millie Miller Hobbs, NM
Sunday, Mar. 10
10:30 am Praise Assembly of God Wade Peyton Comanche, OK Sunday, Mar. 10 6:30 pm Tulsa Faith Assembly Kelly Goins Tulsa, OK
- Concert Orchestra
Selected by audition, the 40-member Concert Orchestra has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Orchestra completed its most recent European tour in May 2012 performing 20 concerts in 6 nations. The Concert Orchestra performs music designed for use in churches, schools, and concert halls and performs regularly in Springfield, Missouri and across the nation.
The Concert Orchestra is directed by Dr. Larry Dissmore, Professor of Music.
Concert Orchestra Spring 2013 Schedule Date Time Location Pastor City/State Saturday, Mar. 2 5:30 pm People’s Church Chris Beard Cincinnati, OH Sunday, Mar. 3 9:30 & 11:15 am People’s Church Chris Beard Cincinnati, OH Sunday, Mar. 3 6:00 pm Kettering Assembly of God Bruce Craig Kettering, OH Monday, Mar. 4 7:30 pm El Shaddai Assembly of God Sean Hinton Nazareth, PA Tuesday, Mar. 5 7:00 pm Maranatha Christian Fellowship George Bowen Moorestown, NJ Wednesday, Mar. 6 7:00 pm Shrewsbury Assembly of God Robert Harris Shrewsbury, PA Thursday, Mar. 7 7:00 pm Grace Assembly of God Paul Drost Bel Air, MD Friday, Mar. 8 7:00 pm Word of Life Fellowship Gary Hallberg Steubenville, OH Sunday, Mar. 10 10:00 am O’Fallon Assembly of God Don Anderson O’Fallon, IL Sunday, Mar. 10 6:00 pm Steelville Assembly of God Jerry Beers Steelville, MO
The Concert Orchestra records a new album every two years. Its most recent CD, On Mountains High, is available through the Evangel University Music Department Office, 417-865-2815, Ext. 2012 or email@example.com
The 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
- University Orchestra
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.
- Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is an 80-piece ensemble open to all 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., and presents two 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 Dr. Michael Kolstad, chairman of the Evangel University Music Department.
- Pep Band
The Evangel University Pep Band performs for many of the athletic functions on the Evangel University campus. The Pep Band is a student-run organization, under the supervision of the Dr. Michael Kolstad, at Evangel University. The Pep Band is operated under the dome of the Evangel University Band. The size of the Pep Band varies from between 20-80 musicians (depending on the event) and is open to all Evangel University students. To participate in the Pep Band students must be enrolled in the Evangel University Band.
- Jazz Orchestra
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.
- Marching Band
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, for instanceMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Bowl Parade, etc.
Marching Band is open to all students regardless of major and is an excellent way to become involved.
Interested in joining? Submit an inquiry form for more information!
- Educational Experience
If you wish to donate to the band, you can do so online or call 417-865-2811 ext. 7290.
- Brass Quintet
The Evangel Brass Quintet (EBQ) is the brass ensemble-in-residence at Evangel University. The quintet includes faculty members Tim Wootton and Darren Eddington (trumpet), Eric Jackson (horn) and Matt Moore (trombone). It also includes Christopher Lair (tuba). In addition to the university and concert hall venues, EBQ enjoys performing at area high schools and in the surrounding community. The quintet is available for performances, clinics, workshops and other events. To contact EBQ for a performance or workshop, please contact Tim Wootton at 417-865-2815 ext. 7419.
Other ensembles include the University Chorus, Opera Scenes Workshop, Handbell Choir, Guitar Ensemble and more.