News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU to host world premiere of choral work by alumnus

Alumni_Choir_LogoBRdr-william-batesOWNWOOD – September 23, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Alumni Choir will present a concert featuring the world premiere of HPU alumnus Dr. William Bates’ setting of “O Sing to the Lord a New Song” on Saturday, October 29, at 1:30 p.m. The Alumni Choir will perform during the university’s Concert Choir performance in HPU’s Grace Chapel. All HPU choir alumni are invited to join the choir and be a part of this exciting world premiere during Homecoming.

The new piece was composed by Dr. Bates to honor the HPU music faculty of the class of 1966.

Dr. Bates earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ and church music as well as a Bachelor of Arts in music theory from HPU in 1966. He went on to earn both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Bates has presented recitals and workshops for churches and American Guild of Organist chapters throughout much of the United States. He has also presented recitals in Europe, including those at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and King’s College in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Bates’ teaching career spans a total of 46 years. He served at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, as professor of organ and music history, associate dean and director of graduate studies for the university’s School of Music. In 2012, Dr. Bates was named a recipient of the Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Organist Alumnus Award at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

The Alumni Choir will make its first appearance at Homecoming with hopes of growing the ensemble to explore more performance opportunities. The choir will gather from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, to rehearse and will be showcased at 1:30 p.m. during the Concert Choir concert. The Alumni Choir will present the world premiere of Dr. William Bates’ new piece and join the HPU Concert Choir on Fettke’s “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.”

The Alumni Choir and the Concert Choir are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, director of choral activities.

“The HPU choral program spans nearly 70 years and we are excited to be able to celebrate generations of great music-making on this momentous occasion,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Being an HPU alumnus, I am honored to share in this experience. We are grateful to Dr. Bates for his contribution and encourage the public to come be a part of this ‘new song’ in the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts.”

To join the Alumni Choir, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming/choir.

For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU will present the world premiere of a choral work by alumnus, Dr. William Bates. All HPU choir alumni are encouraged to join the Alumni Choir and celebrate this honor.

HPU’s University Singers choral group welcoming new members

BROWNWOOD – August 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral group, the University Singers, is welcoming new musical enthusiasts into its membership.
Membership is open to residents of Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as HPU students.

The goal of this group is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and the university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and the surrounding communities. This unique choir at HPU presents two concerts per year, one at Christmastime and another in the spring.

The choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, the newly appointed director of choral activities at the university.

“Through participation, choristers can expect to glean a balance of exposure to great choral literature, thorough vocal instruction and, ultimately, a knowledge and execution of musical excellence,” said Dr. Rosborough.

Rehearsals will be held each Monday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m., beginning on August 29, in Room 503 of the university’s Davidson Music Complex, located at 106 Whaley St.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Rosborough before the first rehearsal at crosborough@hputx.edu or 325-649-8503.

For more information about HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, please call 325-649-8500 or visit www.hputx.edu.

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HPU to host jazz pianist Dennis Lambert

Dennis LambertBROWNWOOD – August 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will host jazz pianist and HPU alumnus Dennis Lambert for a concert, symposium and multiple music clinics August 31 through September 2.

Dennis Lambert, a 2008 HPU graduate, has traveled the world performing for millions of people. He spent eight years with the United States Air Force Band, during which he received numerous awards including “Musician of the Year” in 2014. Lambert has performed for many dignitaries, political leaders and government officials, including former President Bill Clinton. He has also performed with Jason Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Butch Miles and many other artists. Dennis is an active clinician, teacher and freelance musician currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Lambert’s second album, “Inner Reflections,” recently released this month.

“I am excited to return to my alma mater and for the opportunity to work with students and faculty of Howard Payne,” said Lambert. “HPU was foundational in my development as a musician, leader and, essentially, a better person. I hope I can bring a little bit of wisdom back to such a great place.”

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, August 31, 2:00 p.m.: The Alumni Perspectives Recital Hour will feature Lambert; Kaitlyn Zachary Carraway ’11, newly appointed SBC missionary to St. Petersburg, Russia; and Dr. Chris Rosborough ’08, director of choral activities at HPU. Each guest will perform one work and then speak about being a student at HPU, what he or she treasured most about those times and what has been learned since graduation. This event is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU’s Grace Chapel)

Thursday, September 1, 2:00 – 3:20 p.m.: The Jazz Band Workshop featuring Lambert is free of charge and open to the general public. (HPU Band Hall, Davidson Music Complex)

Thursday, September 1, 7:30 p.m.: “An Evening of Jazz” featuring Lambert is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU Choral Hall, Davidson Music Complex)

Friday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.: Symposium titled “Approach to the Creative Process” is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU’s Grace Chapel)

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

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Cutline: Jazz pianist and HPU alumnus Dennis Lambert will present a concert and symposium August 31 – September 2 on the HPU campus.

Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 18, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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. Enrollment will continue through August 29.

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 welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope your experience with our program will be a fulfilling and rewarding one,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

Enrollment forms are available in the music office of the Davidson Music Complex located at 106 Whaley on the HPU campus.

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

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

Drew ReynoldsBROWNWOOD – June 3, 2016 – Sixteen 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.

Three students received the All-State award, the highest award at the competition. Kamry Keese received the All-State award for Musical Theatre while Addison Miller and Drew Reynolds both received the All-State award for Art Song.

Students who received the superior rating in Musical Theatre were Angie Calfa, Addison Miller and Sydney Neel. Those who received the superior rating in Piano Solo were Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese and Hannah Parson.

The outstanding rating in Musical Theatre was given to Hannah Bessent, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts and Ava Sparks-Hansen. The outstanding rating in Art Song went to Angie Calf and the outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to James Bautista, Addison MillerVic Cooper, Leila Gautier, Jaycie Hubbard, Addison Miller, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen.

“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. For more information, contact Diane Owens at (325) 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines (Top to bottom): All-state award winner Drew Reynolds is pictured with Deanna Erxleben, HPU then-instructor of music, at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

Kamry KeeseAll-state award winner Addison Miller is pictured with Deanna Erxleben, HPU then-instructor of music, at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

All-state award winner Kamry Keese is pictured at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

HPU’s Zeta Beta named most outstanding chapter in Southwest District

KKP 2016BROWNWOOD – May 18, 2016 – Zeta Beta, Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity, recently received the D.O. Wiley Award as the most outstanding chapter in the Southwest District. The HPU fraternity competed against chapters from New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma to receive the award.

According to the organization’s website, the award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies the ideals of the national fraternity. Zeta Beta also won the award in 2011.

“This is a huge accomplishment and I’m proud of the men and women in the group,” said Stephen Sullivan, Zeta Beta adviser and alumnus who serves as director of development and alumni relations for the university.

Active Zeta Beta members for the 2015-2016 academic year included Alex Atkinson, senior from Haslet; Kayla Chadwick, junior from Tulia; Ryan Contreras, senior from Early; Jarod Dowling, freshman from Grandview; Joshua Farquharson, May 2016 graduate from Iowa Park; Evan Fleming, senior from Goliad; Melanie Hammond, senior from Springtown; Brady Hardin, junior from Fort Worth; Angel Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Hayden Jacobs, junior from Lytle; Nathan Lacy, junior from Early; David Lambert, senior from Brownwood; Holly Leatherman, junior from Tolar; Alex Lemus, sophomore from Ballinger; Robert Martinez, senior from Copperas Cove; Travis Moraga, junior from Little Elm; Jakob Morgan, junior from Blanket; Crystal Ochoa, sophomore from Early; Ray Palousek, sophomore from Holland; Grant Saltar, sophomore from Plano; Sky Schoolfield, junior from Aledo; Gavin Paul Stewart, senior from Flower Mound; and Aaron Walling, senior from Georgetown.

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Cutline: HPU’s Zeta Beta chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity recently received the D.O. Wiley Award as the most outstanding chapter in the Southwest District. Zeta Beta members are pictured with the award and Tippy, the group’s penguin mascot.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program students present recital and art walk

BROWNWOOD – May 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently held a student recital featuring 40 students. These students performed piano, vocal and saxophone solos and duets in Howard Payne’s Grace Chapel. The HPU Pre-College art students displayed some of their work in the foyer of the chapel.

“The music and art in Grace Chapel was truly amazing,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in the School of Music and Fine Arts. “There was a nice balance of contemporary and classical styles and our students gave outstanding performances.”

Following the performances, students received awards and recognitions. Texas state theory test awards were given on four levels: gold, silver, bronze and theory pin awards. The gold-medal winners, with a grade of 98-101, were Andrew Boren, Vic Cooper, Kirsten Fijer, Kyle Ivy and Cate Smith. The silver-medal winners, with a grade of 95-97, were Michael Morales, Natalie Rose and Sam Woods. The bronze-medal winner, with a grade of 90-94, was Sarah Reeves. Theory-pin winners, with a grade of 70-89 or those taking below their level, were James Bautista, Hannah Bessent, Nathan Bull, Michelle Cabrera, Angie Calfa, Christian Fijer, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycie Hubbard, David McKee, Kylee Medina, Marti Millwee, Sydney Neel, Hannah Parson, Kourtney Peacock, Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts, Carli Shoen and Ava Sparks-Hansen.

Texas Federated Music Clubs Junior Festival awards were given for piano solos. Those in the superior-rating competitive category included James Bautista, Nathan Bull, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycee Hubbard, Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese, Kylee Medina, Addison Miller, Aishwarya Nigalye, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith, Ava Sparks-Hansen and Sam Woods. Students in the excellent-rating competitive category were Andrew Boren and Michael Morales. In the non-competitive category receiving a superior rating were Angie Calfa, Natalee Rose and Carli Shoen.

TFMC Junior Festival awards were also given for vocal solos in musical theatre. Students in the superior-rating competitive category included Hannah Bessent, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Alex Fowler, Kamry Keese, Marti Millwee, Sydney Neel, Sarah Reeves, Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts and Ava Sparks-Hansen. For vocal solos in the art-song category, Angie Calfa received a superior-rating competitive category award.

Gold cups were also given for piano and vocal solos. Tony Calfa and Hannah Parson each were 15-point gold cup recipients; Vic Cooper, Addison Miller and Sarah Reeves were each 30-point gold cup recipients; and Sam Woods was the 45-point gold cup recipient. Alex Fowler, Addison Miller and Jordan Roberts were each 15-point gold cup recipients for their vocal solos in musical theatre. Addison Miller was the 15-point gold cup winner and Angie Calfa was the 30-point gold cup winner for their vocal solos in art song.

Art show students included Bella Attaway, Hayden Deen, Jaycie Hubbard, Aryn Lesley and Jim Riggs.

“Thanks go out to the parents and friends who support these talented young people and a special thanks to all the teachers who are so dedicated to making the Pre-College Music and Art Program such a success,” said Owens. “We are already looking forward to next year.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Diane Owens at (325) 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert Tuesday, May 3, 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, but many area band directors will also conduct during the concert.

“The Central Texas Community Band is comprised of members of all ages from area communities such as Bangs, Early, Brownwood, May, Santa Anna, Coleman, Goldthwaite and Brady,” said Ash. “The band also includes students from area high schools along with their directors.”

Compositions include “Rolling Thunder March” as well as selections from “The Music Man” and “American River Songs.”

“This concert is a fantastic community collaboration that gives many individuals from the area the opportunity to be a part of the arts,” said Ash. “I hope everyone who can attend will come and support this amazing concert made possible by our area community members.”

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

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HPU hosting exhibition featuring work of Brownwood Art Association Photo Group

BAAPG exhibitionBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group. The exhibition is free to the public and is being held in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Exhibition hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through May 6.

The Brownwood Art Association Photo Group is an informal organization consisting of members who are interested in photography as well as promoting the visual arts in the community. The exhibition titled “Beauty through the Eyes of a Photographer…A Journey in Print” features all experience levels of work from the photo group. The group expects to have 52 photographs representing 13 different photographers. The photos on exhibition will vary and should be of interest to all who attend.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

For more information, contact David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at (325) 649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group through Friday, May 6.

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular”

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 21st annual “American Music Spectacular” concert Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and the public is encouraged to attend.

This evening of Americana has become a tradition in the Central Texas area. The band will perform music that has helped shape the American musical landscape. Selections include John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Post,” “American Salute” and “Suite of Old American Dances.” The concert will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought for America’s freedom and democracy. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Each Time We Tell Their Story” which is a narrated tribute honoring American military heroes.

“The American Music Spectacular is one of my favorite events of the year as we get to celebrate what makes our country amazing,” said Corey Ash, assistant professor of music and director of bands. “We are always happy to be able to honor all those who have served and are currently serving in our military. It’s a special time of being thankful for all the blessings we have received as a nation.”

There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will again be accepting donations on behalf of The Wounded Warrior Project. A reception will follow in the Davidson Music Complex.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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.