Evangel Profile

Larry Dissmore: Music professor and director of orchestra

June 12, 2014

Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of music, has served on the Evangel faculty since 1988. He directs the orchestral program and teaches violin, viola and conducting. Under his direction, the Evangel Concert Orchestra has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to his work at Evangel, Dissmore also serves as the principal second violinist in the Springfield Symphony and for nine years was the music director of the Springfield Youth Symphony.

How did you first develop a love for music?

Music was a big part of our home when I was growing up.  My mother played violin and my father played clarinet.  Both parents were regularly involved in music activities at the Assemblies of God church our family attended.  I sang solos in church as early as age 4 or 5 and began playing the violin when I was 10.

What has been the highlight of you career performing or teaching music?

Among the highlights would be the four European music ministry tours for Evangel’s concert orchestra that took place in 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2012. I also led the Springfield Youth Symphony in its debut performance at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and appeared as soloist with the Springfield Symphony in 2014.

For students, what are the benefits of attending a smaller school while studying music?

Students who study music at a small college have the opportunity to interact more frequently and more closely with professors. They have more opportunities to develop leadership skills, and they form closer relationships with their fellow students and with their professors.

What is your favorite thing about Evangel students?

Their dedication to Christ and to pursuing His will in their lives.

What is the best aspect of the Music Department at Evangel?

The students and my faculty colleagues.

What is the best part about working in music at a school that is Christ-centered?

An additional benefit of studying music at a Christian College such as Evangel is the opportunity for students to use their musical gifts in ministry.  Something special happens when students are encouraged to use their talents for something bigger than themselves, something more important than the public performance, and something of more value than fleeting public acclaim.  Music dedicated to Christ has the power to change lives.

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