Snow College Director of Bands- Vance Larsen

 

Horne School of Music Chairman

Vance Larsen has served as both Director of the Horne School of Music and Dean of the Fine Arts Division at Snow. During his tenure in these leadership positions, the music program at the college has seen significant growth in enrollment and quality. His ensembles have been recognized by multiple performances at CBDNA and other state and regional events. Dr. Larsen has been instrumental in the introduction of contemporary music study into the music history curriculum at Snow, having written courses in Jazz and Popular Music, Rock Music History, and the History of Rap and Hip Hop. He has also worked to integrate contemporary music into the performance curriculum, using pop and rock music groups as a lab experience for advanced performance students. Dr. Larsen has considerable experience in the public schools, where he taught for five years and was named UMEA “Rookie of the Year.” Dr. Larsen is also a drummer/guitarist/songwriter, with significant professional experience. As a professional performer, he has played as the opening act for Credence Clearwater Revisited and Performed with Merrill Osmond. Dr. Larsen has also had a distinguished career as a field artillery officer in the Army National Guard. He served as a Firing Battery Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. His military career culminated with an assignment as a Field Artillery Battalion Commander, where he presided over two successful active duty deployments. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 27 years of service. Mr. Larsen holds degrees from Snow College, Utah State University, Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Utah.