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)
2018-11-04_Alumni Orchestra Concert

Evangel University to host first Alumni Orchestra Concert

Featuring alumni of Evangel, CBC & AGTS SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Department of Music will present its first Alumni Orchestra Concert on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The Spence Chapel is located south of the main entrance ...

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One of the tourist stops during the Messiah Project trip to Mongolia was a visit to this 130-foot-tall Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue. Three EU graduates, Marva and Gary Rasussen (in sunglasses) and Todd Link, toured with Gayle and Larry Dissmore (right). Larry is director of orchestral activities at Evangel. // PHOTO BY: Gary Rasmussen

Evangel music professor leads concerts in Mongolia

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University music professor, Dr. Larry Dissmore, traveled to Mongolia to conduct a series of three international concerts July 18- 29, 2018. The performances were part of the two-week Harmony Tour sponsored by Messiah Project, Inc. Performers included the National Army Orchestra of Mongolia; 14 dancers from Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Texas; ...

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Dr. Tom Matrone, chair of the Department of Music at Evangel University. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

Evangel’s Tom Matrone completes his doctorate in music

Tom Matrone, chair of the Department of Music at Evangel University, recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina. In addition to leading the department, Matrone conducts the University Chorale and the University Women’s Chamber Ensemble. His classes range from choral conducting to piano improvisational skills. His focus is on ...

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The Excelsis Trio is Dr. Gregory Morris on piano, Dr. Larry Dissmore on violin, and Matthew Pierce on cello. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

Excelsis Trio to perform at Evangel University, March 19

The Evangel University Excelsis Trio will perform in concert on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. The Excelsis Trio is the faculty piano trio in residence at Evangel University. Members are Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of music, on violin; ...

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Nearly 50 faculty and staff were honored at the 2017 Christmas banquet at Evangel University.

Service awards presented to faculty & staff at Christmas celebration

The Evangel University family gathered for the annual Christmas  banquet on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in the Crusader Dining Hall. Members of the faculty, staff, retirees and spouses enjoyed the music, fellowship, a humorous game led by Hector Cruz and an amazing buffet dinner. One highlight of the annual event was when President Carol Taylor ...

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