News Release

Evangel University President Robert H. Spence and concert orchestra to appear at Evangel Temple

February 5, 2014 | Valorie Coleman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Long-time Evangel University President, Dr. Robert H. Spence, and the Evangel Concert Orchestra will appear together in ministry at Evangel Temple in both the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Feb. 16, 2014.

The public is welcome to attend.

The repertoire of the concert orchestra includes classical, sacred and contemporary Christian arrangements, as well as various vocal arrangements with an orchestral accompaniment.

Dr. Robert H. Spence is the longest-tenured college president in the State of Missouri and the second-longest in the nation. Under his leadership enrollment doubled, 10 master’s degree programs have been added and Evangel gained university status.

In 2004, Spence was honored for a “Career of Character” when the Chamber of Commerce named him Springfieldian of the Year. In 2012, he was honored by the Springfield Business Journal with their Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.

The Evangel University Concert Orchestra will be appearing at various local churches during the months of February, March and April before touring Canada and the East Coast in May 2014.

Since 1995, the concert orchestra has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. In May 2012, the group completed its fourth European tour, performing 20 concerts in six different countries.

Dr. Larry Dissmore, director, has served on the Evangel University faculty since 1988. An accomplished violinist and conductor, Dissmore has performed with professional orchestras throughout the Midwest and, for nine years, served as the music director of the Springfield Missouri Youth Symphony.

For additional information, contact the music department at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7212.

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