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Music Department — 2019 EU graduation awards

Published on May 29, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

Kathryn Byrd celebrated with her family as she was honored to be named both the 2019 “Outstanding Graduate in Worship Leadership” and the “Hallett Outstanding Worship Leadership Award” winner. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Music at Evangel University has announced its 2019 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 2, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

The music department offers a variety of degree programs, including music performance, music education, recording technology and worship leadership.

The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music.


The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Music (Bachelor of Arts)

  • Christina Gardner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Graduate in Music Performance

  • Matthew Pavon from Rogers, Arkansas

Outstanding Graduate in Music Education

  • Mariah Cook from Norwalk, Iowa

Outstanding Graduate in Recording Technology

  • Ephraim McFarland from O’Fallon, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Worship Leadership

  • Kathryn Byrd from Bentonville, Arkansas

Outstanding Senior Musician

  • Mariah Cook from Norwalk, Iowa

Hallett Worship Leadership Award

  • Kathryn Byrd from Bentonville, Arkansas
Christina Gardner was named the 2019 “Outstanding Graduate in Music.” // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

The Class of 2019

Evangel University and its seminary saw 511 degrees conferred this spring at the joint graduation ceremony May 5, 2019.

The 61st Annual Commencement for Evangel and the 46th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were held concurrently in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

There were 511 graduates earning 32 doctoral, 105 master’s, 323 bachelor’s and 51 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s were from Evangel’s James River College campus.

The speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 Evangel graduate, “missionary kid,” and orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine deformity surgery. Mundis regularly performs spinal surgeries overseas, making it possible for children to have access to surgical procedures that are largely not available in their home countries.

The pre-graduation story is on the Evangel University website and has a feature on Mundis and his life of service to the needy.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.




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