News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU Student Speaker Bureau prepares for upcoming debates and events

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team is preparing for a busy fall semester of tournaments and events.

A group of students from across majors and disciplines, Student Speaker Bureau members compete at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, host high school UIL speech and debate workshops and adjudicate elementary, middle and high school UIL tournaments. Team members are also called upon often to emcee events on campus and in the community.

At the end of September, the group will compete at the Storm Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The team will then host the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate on Sunday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

In November, the team will travel to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association fall championships tournament. HPU will also host its annual UIL Speech and Debate Workshop for area high school students in November.

Fall 2017 team members include Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, junior psychology, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is an excellent team of speakers and debaters,” said Dr. Welker. “They all have heavy course loads and active lives but spend a great deal of their time keeping up with current events and honing their debate and presentational skills to prepare for competition. I’m looking forward to seeing their achievements this fall.”

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb. The exhibition debate with the British National Debate team is open to the public. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.

Reminder: HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

BROWNWOOD – September 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles.

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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HPU representatives among cast and crew of Lyric’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo

BallyhooBROWNWOOD – September 11, 2017 – Howard Payne University faculty, students and alumni will be among the cast and crew as Brownwood Lyric Theatre presents the comedy/drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Performances are September 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and September 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

Written by Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. Uhry is also the playwright of Driving Miss Daisy. Set in 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ballyhoo follows the experiences of the wealthy Jewish family, the Freitags.

“Brownwood Lyric Theatre invites you to come out for laughs, drama and romance as this very relatable crew of quirky Southern characters learns what love and family really mean,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, director and professor of theatre at HPU and frequent director of Lyric performances. “The play would not be the same without the wonderful talents of several Howard Payne faculty members, students and alumni.”

HPU cast members include Dr. Humfeld as Reba; Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, assistant professor of theatre, as Peachy; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government, as Joe; and Joy-Renee Blackstock, 2007 HPU graduate, as Sunny. Caitlyn Tidwell, 2006 HPU graduate, is directing the performances. Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood, and Deejay Moses, junior from May, are running sound, and Kashtyn Eoff, sophomore from Zephyr, is stage managing and running lights. Additional cast members include Suzi Harkey, Doug House, Larry Mathis and Melanie Potter.

For more information, visit www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

BROWNWOOD – September 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

“We all recognize that the recovery following Hurricane Harvey will take time and there are many in our community who desire to find a way to help,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “As those living in southeast Texas move toward restoration following the devastation left in Harvey’s wake, the students and faculty of HPU’s Department of Music feel compelled to use the gifts that God has given them to provide a conduit for our community to help.”

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles. Selections include “Jesus Shall Reign,” arranged by Steve Dunn and performed by Winds of Triumph; “Jesus Loves Me” and “America, the Beautiful,” performed by the HPU Wind Ensemble; “Mourning Into Dancing,” performed by the Heritage Singers with Winds of Triumph; and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” performed by the HPU Concert Choir. A collaboration of “Give Me Jesus” will be performed by Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. The audience will have the opportunity to participate by singing “God of Our Fathers.”

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

HPU’s University Singers group encourages music enthusiasts to join

BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s University Singers would like to encourage music enthusiasts in Brownwood and the surrounding areas to join the group as it prepares for the Christmas concert from Handel’s “Messiah.”

“The Christmas portion of ‘Messiah’ is a timeless and festive work celebrating the birth of our Savior,” said Dr. Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Choristers will find this a rewarding and unifying experience for our community.”

HPU’s University Singers is a community and collegiate choral opportunity that presents two concerts per year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. The group’s goal is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music.

Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning August 28 in room 503 of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex.

For more information, or to join HPU’s University Singers, contact Dr. Christopher Rosborough at 325-649-8503 or crosborough@hputx.edu.

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HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program now enrolling for fall semester

Pre-College Music & Art Program Logo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the fall 2017 semester with music lessons set to begin the week of August 28 and art lessons beginning the week of September 11. Registration for music ends August 21 and the deadline to register for art classes is September 8.

The program, presented by HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves Brownwood and the surrounding communities by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Music lessons, which will be 45 minutes in length each week for 14 weeks, include instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons, which will be one hour in length each week for 12 weeks, will feature beginning and intermediate drawing and painting. Instructors in the program include the HPU music and art faculty, experienced area teachers and student teachers.

“We enjoy the opportunity to supplement the fine arts education of our local and area students with a variety of lessons and events each year,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re looking forward to a fun and busy semester.”

For more information, contact Owens at dowens@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at jholamon@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8500.

HPU pre-college music students earn top honors at state competition

BROWNWOOD – June 14, 2017 – Twenty students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

One student, Sarah Reeves, received the All-State award, which is the highest award at the competition. Sarah received the All-State award in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre.

The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre was given to Hannah Bessent, Christian Fijer, Mary McIver, Marti Millwee, Jordan Roberts and Kyla Tressler. The outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Michael Morales, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts and Carli Schoen.

Students who received the superior rating were Andrew Boren, Tony Calfa and Kamry Keese, all in Piano Solo.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘shout-out’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment for the fall semester will begin in mid-August. Classes begin on Labor Day and continue through mid-December.

For more information, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu, or contact Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 28, 2017 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 4, at Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The band is comprised of area musicians and meets on Monday evenings each spring for rehearsal. Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, directs the band.

“The program will include music that will undoubtedly suit everyone’s musical tastes,” said Ash.

Selections include “Semper Fidelis” march by John Phillip Sousa, “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, an exciting Israeli folk dance suite and more.

“It is always exciting to get community members from all over central Texas together to bring a musical offering to the community at large,” said Ash. “We have musicians from age 13 to those who are retired. I hope everyone will make an effort to come and support this musical community project.”

For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau wins individual, team awards at national championship

SSB Team PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, competed at the 20th annual National Christian College Forensics Association Invitational National Championships, held in March at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. The team won numerous awards for their performances in both individual events and debate.

Freshmen Erin Haley, communication major from Mason, and Brooklyn Britton, theatre major from Brownwood, were awarded novice national champions in dramatic duo interpretation.

“I am thrilled that Erin and Brooklyn won the title of novice national champions for their outstanding performance,” said Dr. Julie Welker, Student Speaker Bureau team coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “These two young ladies have worked all year to perfect this piece, and it certainly paid off for them.”

Senior Gabby McWhirter, theatre major from Brownwood, and junior Reagan Grisham, communication major from Arlington, won fifth place overall in open dramatic duo.

“This is the first time in several years that we have had duo competitors do so well,” said Dr. Welker. “It was exciting to have them place in both novice and open divisions.”

In parliamentary debate, the HPU team won third place overall debate sweepstakes.

The junior varsity team of Christopher Freeland, sophomore biochemistry major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, sophomore social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, advanced to the final round. The team lost on a 2-1 decision to Colorado Christian University. Olin was named fourth top junior varsity speaker, and Freeland was named seventh top junior varsity speaker.

The junior varsity parliamentary debate teams of Morgan Ashmore, communication major from Brock, and Reagan Grisham, junior communication major from Arlington, advanced to semifinals.

The novice parliamentary debate team of Madi Neal, freshman communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler, and Isabelle Stahrfisher, freshman communication major from Fort Worth, advanced to the semifinals round.

Other students competing in the tournament were Braxton Clark, senior social science global studies major from Southlake; Aimee Orozco, junior communication major from Shepherd; Isaac Sommers, senior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; and Haylee Williams, freshman communication major from Bellville. Sidni Carruthers, instructor of communication, assists with the team.

This year, 23 universities from across the nation participated in NCCFI. All schools are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. More than 250 students competed in the tournament.

“Having nine of 13 HPU students advance or win some type of speaker award is success by any measure,” said Dr. Welker. “We were competing against some of the best debate and individual events schools in Christian higher education. Our HPU students did a fabulous job!”

While in Phoenix, the team traveled to the Grand Canyon National Park for sightseeing.

“These trips are about more than just competing,” said Dr. Welker. “We want our students to have a well-rounded education through travel and experience the culture of each city we visit. While competition is our primary focus, getting out and about and networking with alumni is an important part, too.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau includes, from left, Dr. Julie Welker, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Aimee Orozco, Isabella Stahrfisher, Madison Neal, Christopher Freeland, Gabi McWhirter, Erin Haley, Brooklyn Britton, Isaac Sommers, Andrea Balderas, Haylee Williams, Reagan Grisham, Tyler Olin and Ms. Sidni Carruthers.

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 22nd annual “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The band will feature music by composers who have helped to shape the American musical landscape. Selections include “Circus Bee” by Henry Filmore, “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, “Bandancing” by Jack Stamp and “American Patrol” by Frank Meacham. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Duty, Honor, Country” by Harold L. Walters which is a narrated tribute honoring our American military heroes. The Concert Choir will join the band to present Bach’s “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just.” The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“This evening of Americana has become a true tradition within the central Texas area,” said Ash. “We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy. You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America and her heroes.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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