News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s University Singers to present concert on Monday, April 30

The American Choral Tradition-1BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – The University Singers of Howard Payne University will present a spring concert titled on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held at HPU’s Grace Chapel and is open to the public.

This concert titled “The American Choral Tradition” will feature strictly American composers dating back to the early singing school and sacred harp traditions of the late 18th century, folk songs of the early 20th century and will include a tribute to musical theatre.

Selections will include “Easter Anthem,” by William Billings; “Ching-A-Ring Chaw,” “Zion’s Walls” and “I Bought Me A Cat,” all by Aaron Copland; “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from My Fair Lady; “Every time I Feel the Spirit,” by Moses Hogan; and more.

The University Singers choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“We have such a rich tradition of choral music in American history that it is difficult to cover everything in one concert,” said Dr. Rosborough. “However, I believe the selections we chose will give a wonderful glimpse into this fascinating legacy. There’s truly something for everyone!”

The University Singers will be accompanied on piano by Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church. Also, HPU alumna Renée Blackstock ’07 will be a featured soloist on two pieces.

The mission of HPU’s University Singers 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 in Brownwood and its surrounding areas.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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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HPU hosts first Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop

Dr. Rosborough addresses Choir Concert 2BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its first Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop. As part of the two-day intensive workshop, high school and middle school educators and students received instruction designed to hone their skills as conductors.

Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, served as the clinician for this year’s workshop.

“The inaugural Secondary Educators Choral Conducting Workshop at HPU was an immense success,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “All of the participants involved were very complimentary of the workshop and proceeded to ask when the next workshop would be held.”

Attendees of the workshop said the individual instruction and the opportunity to work with a different and very skilled choir were highly beneficial. Others said the workshop went beyond their expectations and they looked forward to attending again.

“We grew as a vocal area personally and collectively during this workshop,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Dr. Dickson imparted his expertise and wisdom, and immediately the HPU Concert Choir has begun performing at a higher level. I am so proud of our students and was honored to host such a great group of participants and conductors.”

HPU’s Concert Choir held a public performance to conclude the clinic. Featured at the concert was the selection “Fern Hill” conducted by Dr. Dickson. He also gave a brief lecture on the story of and the inspiration for the composition.

HPU students and local choir directors who attended the workshop directed performances of six more choral pieces.

Cynthia Franklin and Amber Louden, both from Brownwood ISD, directed “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” and “Weep, O Eyes of Mine,” respectively. Gabriella Guest of Early ISD directed “Lamentations of Jeremiah” and John Bonner of Friona ISD directed “Ballade to the Moon.”

Camilla Cotter, HPU junior from Garden Ridge, directed “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Fellow HPU student Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin, directed “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee.”

The choir’s performances were accompanied on piano by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music at HPU.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Cutline: Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU, addresses attendees of the 2018 Choral Conducting Workshop choir concert.

HPU hosts Pre-College Music students at festival and competition

BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Thirty students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently competed in the District 8-4 Junior Festival in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The festival was hosted at HPU.

Students entered in the Competitive category who received a Superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 19.

Students who received the Superior rating in Piano Solo were James Bautista, Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Brooklyn Butka, Sophia Butka, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Christopher Ivy, Kyle Ivy, Austin Luker, Michael Morales, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Evan Smith. The Excellent rating in Piano Solo was awarded to Tony Calfa.

Students awarded the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Musical Theater were Alecs Butka, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Emmagrace Quillin, Sarah Reeves, and Jordan Roberts. Students who received the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Art Song are Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel.

Students who participated in the Non-Competitive category and also received high ratings are Abigail Burks, Maddox Butka, Wayne Knight, Avery Luker, Sarah Mitchell and Mia Moreno.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. HPU Pre-College Music students competing in this junior festival ranged in age from 5 to 17 years of age.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music and Art Program. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

For more information about HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, contact Diane Owens at 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Located in Brownwood, Texas, HPU offers a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in a traditional residential academic community. The university also offers selected undergraduate and graduate course work by electronic means and at extension centers in El Paso, Texas, and New Braunfels, Texas. HPU maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, which contributes to the university’s reputation of being “a place where everybody is somebody.”

HPU faculty members to present recital on Monday

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018BROWNWOOD – April 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

“It is such a pleasure to work with a pianist of the caliber of Dr. Wallace, who is exceptional in the art of accompanying,” said Goacher. “We look forward to presenting these masterworks for woodwinds and piano to our students, colleagues and community.”

Music written for the flute, clarinet and alto saxophone – each accompanied by the piano – will be featured.

Selections to be performed include Jindrich Feld’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano Opus 48” and “Scaramouche Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano Opus 94 A.”

The recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Cutline: Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a recital on Monday, April 23.

HPU’s Drew McNeill to present senior art exhibition through May 4

 

McNeill 1BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Drew McNeill, from Brownwood, will present his senior art major exhibition through May 4 at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

In 1997, McNeill began his higher-education journey at Baylor University in Waco and returned to that same university in 2015. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Connie Drew McNeill – a 1978 HPU graduate, he transferred to HPU. After taking a single art class at HPU, McNeill decided that art was the path for him. He is on track to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art.

“The work in this exhibition is a comprehensive visual journey toward the attainment of my Bachelor of Science degree in studio art,” said McNeill. “All of the art works were created from several studio art classes I have taken since spring 2016. There is decisive progression to the work done in numerous media or art forms. One art class builds into another with two- and three-dimensional visual explorations.”

McNeill 2David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art, commented that McNeill has made many educational strides since transferring to HPU.

“His openness to learning and experimentation is a testament to the background and life skills that he utilized in his coursework in both art and other HPU courses,” said Harmon. “His current senior comprehensive exhibition demonstrates this commitment.”

McNeill said his growth and success as an artist can be attributed to his art professors, David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art; Susan Harmon, adjunct faculty of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct faculty of art (photography).

“I appreciate the opportunity to exhibit my work in this public venue,” said McNeill. “Without the guidance of the art faculty, I would not have grown as an artist as quickly as I did. I am grateful to HPU for providing me this opportunity to return to school and complete my education as a non-traditional student. It is truly a place where students can find themselves and explore the possibilities that higher education can provide.”

The Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, is open on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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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Cutline: 1. Artwork by HPU student, Drew McNeill of Brownwood, is on display through May 4 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Art Center on the HPU campus.
2. Drew McNeill’s artwork on display includes a wide range of media and subject matter.

HPU’s Heritage Singers to present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19

evensong 2018BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers will present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood and is open to the public.

The Heritage Singers choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

The service of “Evensong” is related to the canonical hours of prayer, or the office, established many centuries ago by those in the monastic tradition. More directly, however, this service can be attributed to the Anglican reformer, Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556).

“This reflective hour of worship will be mostly sung and will include the majority of the liturgy that was established by Cranmer,” said Dr. Rosborough. “The same liturgy was eventually published in the English prayer book in 1549.”

Choir selections will include “Versicles and Responses (The Preces),” “Psalms and Lessons,” “Magnificat,” “Nunc Dimittis,” “Creed,” “Lord’s Prayer,” “Versicles and Responses (Suffrages),” and finally, three collects.

Accompanying the Heritage Singers will be Dr. Allen Reed, retired HPU faculty member, as organist and Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as cantor and tenor soloist.

“We are thrilled to present this most sacred service to the Brownwood community,” said Dr. Rosborough. “It is very special to my heart and provides a wonderful platform for reverence and contemplation. Please join us.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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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Cutline: Graphic of HPU’s “Evensong” concert to be performed Thursday, April 19.

HPU’s Stephen Goacher to perform at Eastland Jazz Festival this Saturday

Goacher photo with saxophoneBROWNWOOD – April 12, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will appear as guest artist at the fifth annual Eastland Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 14. The festival’s performances, scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will be held at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Eastland along with open-air performances in the Town Square.

The festival will feature jazz bands from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene-area high schools and other schools from west-central Texas. Goacher will be a soloist with several of the bands and serve as a clinician to the various bands’ performances.

A noted performer on all the woodwind instruments, Goacher performed in concert with the San Angelo Symphony in February. In March, he joined Christopher Adkins, Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, in recital performing Brahms’ “Clarinet Trio, Opus 114.” Also in March, he performed at the Temple College Jazz Festival with Grammy-winner John Clayton of Los Angeles. In early April, Goacher performed with All Hands on Deck, the Broadway musical touring Texas and billed as “America’s #1 patriotic show.”

In addition to appearing at the Eastland Jazz Festival, he will also present a faculty recital with Dr. Wallace in HPU’s Grace Chapel on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Following that performance, he will return as principal saxophonist with the San Angelo Symphony in the “Dance to the Movies” Concert. In May he will join the National Touring Company of the Broadway Show Chicago as lead woodwind for the tour of west Texas.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Cutline: HPU’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will perform at the fifth annual Eastland Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 14.

Japanese Debate Association members participate in forum at HPU

Japanese National Debate TeamBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau Speech and Debate Team recently held discussion sessions with Japanese students Kanaru Sato and Takuya Higuchi, the 2018 Japanese National Team from the Japan Debate Association.

The campus events, which focused on the importance of dialogue as a means of understanding intercultural and international differences, were hosted by the Student Speaker Bureau as a part of the National Communication Association’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate.

“The exchange of culture and opinions is a good opportunity for us and the institutions we are touring,” said Higuchi. “Through this exchange, we can learn more about our own culture as well as other cultures.”

Sato and Higuchi spoke with HPU students about the criminal justice system of Japan, cultural differences between the United States and Japan, and the value of and strategies for academic debate.

“Hosting these two Japanese students was an excellent opportunity for HPU students to engage with international students on a one-on-one basis,” said Dr. Julie Welker, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication.

The visiting debate team members stopped at HPU during a two-week tour of seven U.S. colleges and universities. Other academic institutions on the tour were Weber State University, Randolph-Macon College, Duquesne University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Southern California and California State University.

“It has been interesting to visit some of the states in the U.S. and see their unique cultures,” said Higuchi.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Cutline: Takuya Higuchi (left) and Kanaru Sato (right) field questions from HPU students.

HPU to present an evening of food, fun and music

AMSEvent2018BROWNWOOD – April 5, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 23nd annual “American Music Spectacular” on Tuesday, April 24. The evening’s activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside in front of the university’s Mims Auditorium with food available from local food truck vendors. Live outdoor music will begin at 6:00 p.m. The main concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for concert admission. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Food truck vendors will include Jack-a-Don’s and Chipster’s Grill. Both will be set up on the small road between the Bell Towers on campus and the parking lot across from Mims Auditorium. Cupcakes will also be available for purchase.

While eating, patrons can enjoy a live musical showcase in an informal outdoor setting featuring the talents of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts faculty and students. Faculty who will perform outdoors include Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music; Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and accreditation liaison to SACSCOC; Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music; Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music. Students performing include senior Abraham Cooper of Early, senior Brendyn Porter of Red Oak and junior Suzanne Schad of Briggs. Also performing in the showcase are HPU’s Heritage Singers choir, under the direction of Dr. Rosborough, as well as the Winds of Triumph and Jazz Ensemble, both under the direction of Goacher.

The event will culminate with an indoor concert performance by the Symphonic Band in a concert titled “‘The American Experience’ – 1776-2018”, which pays homage to veterans and active personnel from the United States military, law enforcement as well as all first responders.

Selections for the concert include John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”; Robert W. Smith’s “Inchon,” which is a fast-paced and thrilling ride-along with a Korean War helicopter incursion; “American Riversongs” by La Plante; and many more.

The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

“This event has become a popular tradition in the Heart of Texas region,” said Ash. “We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have put their lives on the line to help secure 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 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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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HPU to present choir concert featuring guest conductor Dr. John Dickson

dicksonBROWNWOOD – March 21, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a concert on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University, will be featured as guest conductor for the concert. The public is invited to attend this free concert.

This concert is the culminating event to HPU’s inaugural session of the Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to host Texas high school and middle school conductors, and their respective students, in a two-day intensive process of polishing and honing their craft of conducting. Dr. Dickson serves as this year’s clinician for the workshop.

“It is truly an honor to have Dr. Dickson join us this week,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU. “As my former teacher and mentor, I know that he will bring both HPU’s Concert Choir and the visiting conductors to a new level of musical achievement.”

Dr. Dickson will conduct the selection “Fern Hill” arranged by John Corigliano.

“Dr. Dickson is the foremost scholar on this particular piece of music,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Attendees will be enraptured by a choral arrangement of the poem by the same name written by Dylan Thomas.”

In addition to Dr. Dickson, four conductors attending the workshop will direct the Concert Choir in various arrangements. Also taking the podium to conduct will be HPU junior Camilla Cotter, music education major from Garden Ridge, and HPU senior Marissa Godbey, music education major from Austin. Cotter and Godbey are both from the studio of Dr. Rosborough.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music, will accompany the choir on piano.

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

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a concert on Friday, March 23, featuring guest conductor Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University.