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

Tom Matrone (2003)
A.A. Zion Bible Institute
B.M.E. Northwest College
M.M. Drake University
(Applied area – piano)
Kristin DeGarmo – Administrative Assistant

 Music Faculty

Larry Dissmore (1988)
B.M.E. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
M.M. Wichita State University
D.M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City
(Professor, Applied areas – violin, viola)
Dr. Bonnie Jenkins (1993)
B.M.Ed. Evangel University
M.S. Missouri State University
Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia
(Professor, Applied area – voice)
Kevin Hawkins
D.M.A. Boston University
 Joel Griffin (2012)
B.A., Missouri Southern State University
M.M. Missouri State University
Director of Jazz Studies
(Assistant Professor, Applied area – saxophone)
 Gregory Morris (1999)
B.M.E., Evangel College
M.M. Texas Christian University
D.M.A. University of North Texas
(Professor, Applied area – piano)
 Matthew Moore (2009)
B.A. Evangel University
M.A. Evangel University
Director of Bands
(Instructor, Applied area – trombone)
 Jason Salazar (2007)
B.A. Evangel University
M.M. Missouri State University
(Applied area – music industry)

Adjunct Faculty

Starla Blair (2011)
B.S. Missouri State University
M.S. Missouri State University
(Applied area – string techniques)
 Robert Baker (2011)
B.M.E. University of Kansas
M.A.E. University of Nebraska, Kearney
(Applied area – piano)
Mark Bowdidge (2014)
B.S. William Jewell College
M.M. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.M.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
(Applied area – organ)
Jane Munson-Berg (2017)
B.M. Louisiana State University
M.M. Manhattan School of Music
(Applied area – voice)
Kathleen Cowens (2008)
B.M. Missouri State University
M.S. Missouri State University
(Applied area – flute)
Timothy Wootton (2007)
B.M. Missouri State University
M.M. Arizona State University
(Applied area – trumpet)
 Dr. Grace St. Pierre
B.M.E. University of Wisconsin
M.M. University of Wisconsin
D.M.A. University of Missouri, Kansas City
(Applied area – voice)
Sheri Slater (2000)
B.M.E. Evangel University
M.M. Texas Tech University
D.M.A. Texas Tech University
(Applied area – clarinet)
Ryan Hurn (2017)
B.A. University of North Texas
B.A. Music Performance (Jazz Studies)
(Applied area – percussion)
 Eric Jackson (2009)
B.M. Missouri State University
M.M. Indiana University
(Applied area – horn)
Riley Robison
B.S. Missouri State University
(Applied area – bass)
Dwight Davis (2016)
(Applied area – euphonium, tuba)
Darren Eddington (2010)
B.M.E. Evangel University
B.M.E. Missouri State University
(Assistant Band Director)
Angela Holland (2014)
B.A. College of the Ozarks
M.M. Missouri State University
(Applied area – voice)
Michael McAdoo (2014)
Branson Performer
Jennifer Forni (2016)
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music
M.M. University of Maryland
(Applied area – voice)
Linda Ligate (1986)
B.M. University of British Columbia
M.M. University of Illinois
D.M. Florida State University
(Professor, Applied area – piano)
 Jane Harris (1991)
B.A. Washburn University of Topeka
M.A. Missouri State University
(Applied area – piano)
Matthew Pierce (2015)
B.M. University of Wisconsin
M.M. University of Missouri (Columbia)
(Applied area – cello)
 Susan Smith (1980)
B.M.E. Oral Roberts University
M.S. Southwest Missouri State University
(Associate Professor, Applied area – voice)
Michael Payne
B.A. Lee University
M.A. Missouri State University
(Applied area – voice)

Dr. Kevin Hawkins: Choir director and professor of music

Dr. Kevin Hawkins recently joined the Evangel faculty as choir director and associate professor of music education. He has traveled to 30 different countries and worked in the Springfield Public School District for many years. More recently he served as Worship Pastor at Second Baptist Church in Springfield while earning his DMA in Music Education ...

Categories: Master of Music Education, Music, Music (Bachelors of Arts)

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Tom Matrone: Chair of Music Department and Director of Choral Activities

Tom Matrone has been a minister of music with the Assemblies of God fellowship for more than 25 years. He serves as Evangel’s director of choral activities and advises the Chapel worship teams that minister on a rotating basis during each semester. Matrone is a graduate of Northwest College, and earned his Master of Music degree from ...

Categories: Marching Band, Music, Music (Bachelors of Arts), Music (Bachelors of Science), Music (minor), Music Business, Music Technology, Performance, Worship Leadership

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Dr. Bonnie Jenkins: Director of HeartSong

Dr. Bonnie Jenkins has a full-circle Evangel story dating back to 1971. That’s when she began studying music at EU en route to a bachelors degree in Music Education. Her first stint teaching in the music department began immediately after graduation and continued until 1987. Jenkins and her husband Doug then spent a number of years ...

Categories: Master of Music Education, Master of Music Performance, Music, Music (Bachelors of Arts), Music (Bachelors of Science), Music (minor), Music Business, Music Technology, Performance, Worship Leadership


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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