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Evangel debuts new University Sinfonia

Published on Apr 15, 2015 by Paul K. Logsdon

Joint concert with Symphonic Band and University Orchestra

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Three Evangel University music ensembles will be presenting a joint concert on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The University Orchestra, a new Sinfonia and the Symphonic Band will perform in the Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For those unable to travel to Springfield, the concert will be streamed LIVE ONLINE at

This event marks the debut performance of a new group, the Evangel University Sinfonia, which is dedicated to the performance of music for chamber orchestra and other smaller chamber ensembles.

“The Sinfonia is an ensemble dedicated to the ‘chamber’ concept; that is, to the performance of music written for smaller orchestra as well as a for a variety of chamber ensembles composed of woodwind, brass, and string instruments,” said Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of music and director of orchestral activities.

The Sinfonia will perform chamber orchestra music by Faure and Handel, and will also perform Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles scored for pairs of woodwinds and horns.

Musical excellence

The full Evangel University Orchestra will perform Gwyneth Walker’s energetic piece, Open the Door.

The Orchestra is comprised of 50 student musicians and is directed by Dr. Dissmore, the 2015 “Collegiate Educator of the Year,” as honored by the Missouri Division of the American String Teachers Association.

The Evangel University Symphonic Band will begin the program, performing the second concert of their three-concert season, with these five works:

  • Liberty Bell March, by John Phillip Sousa
  • The Engulfed Cathedral, by Claude Debussy (arr. Merlin Patterson)
  • Rocky Point Holiday, by Ron Nelson
  • Signature, by Jan Van Roost
  • Suite No. 2 in F, by Gustav Holst

The Symphonic Band is directed by Matthew Moore, interim director of bands, and by Katrina Benecasa, assistant director of bands.

In addition, Steve Palen, Master of Music student, will be conducting various works on the program.


PHOTOS BY: Lane Simmons