News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Cotter and Stephens to present senior recital

BROWNWOOD – November 9, 2018 – Howard Payne University seniors Camila Cotter, a music education major from Garden Ridge, and Natalie Stephens, a music major from Alvarado, will present a senior voice recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free of charge and the public is invited.

“Camila and Natalie are gifted musicians and the differences in their voices will make for a beautiful program,” said Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and accreditation liaison. “Their recital will include music representative of baroque, classical, romantic and modern composers. I know the audience will appreciate the passion these young women bring to their music.”

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

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 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.

HPU Department of Music to present concert benefiting Brown County’s Hope Home Ministry

Music Faculty F2018BROWNWOOD – November 9, 2018 – The faculty and students of Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present, in honor of this season of Thanksgiving, a benefit showcase concert titled “We Give Thanks.” The concert, slated for Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium, is free and open to the public. However, donations will be accepted to benefit Brown County’s Hope Home Ministry.

“HPU’s music faculty and students are grateful for the gift of music and for our Brown county community,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “Music is a profound gift from God to His children – a transcendent art that can reveal man’s loftiest aspirations yet can touch the heart of even a child in a language that is more profound than words. In celebration of the true spirit of Thanksgiving, the music department has prepared this musical offering of God-honoring praise for our community.”

The concert will feature several HPU musical groups including the Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Winds of Triumph, Heritage Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Music Ensembles. Musical styles of a broad spectrum will be performed.

Hope Home Ministry is a Brown County faith-based transitional home for young women emerging from human trafficking situations, detention centers and foster care. Founded in 2008 by HPU alumna Chassidy Carroll, Hope Home Ministry is a 50l(c)(3) non-profit. It is run entirely on donations and relies heavily on volunteers from the community. Donations taken at the door on the evening of the concert will not be tax deductible. However, to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.hopehomeministry.org.

For more information about the “We Give Thanks” benefit showcase concert, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Cutline: HPU’s Department of Music will present a benefit showcase concert titled “We Give Thanks.” Music faculty members include (front row, from left) Dr. Celeste Church, Frank Nelson, Stephen Goacher and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace and (back row, from left) Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Christopher Rosborough and Joseph Dunlap.

HPU debater advances to semi-finals, others earn honors at Houston tournament

Bayou City for webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, held at Lone Star College in Houston. Lucy Manning, sophomore communication, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, advanced to semi-finals in international public debate.

Additionally, Manning earned the overall fourth-place top speaker position of the tournament, fifth-place international public debate speaker and fourth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

Freshman Ben Olin, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, was the top international public debate speaker at the tournament, third overall debate speaker and ninth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

Senior Tyler Olin, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, was fifth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

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

“These students have been working very hard on debate structure, advocacy skills and argumentation skills,” she said. “We focus heavily on good presentational skills as well, and it shows by having three of the tournament’s top individual speakers.”

In both international public debate and parliamentary debate, students receive a topic and have a limited amount of preparation time before the debate round. Each round has a different topic. Topics at the tournament included the affordable housing crisis, changing the number of seats on the Supreme Court, Saudi Arabia/Turkey political relations, genetic testing regulations and rap music’s influence on politics, among others.

“Students who compete for HPU’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, must be well-versed in all current events, both domestic and foreign,” said Dr. Welker. “Students must be quick thinkers and have excellent critical thinking skills.”

HPU competed against 16 colleges and universities from Texas, Illinois and Louisiana.

Other students who competed at the tournament were Madison Neal, junior communication major from Chandler, and Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 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 Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament at Lone Star College in Houston. Left to right are Lucy Manning, Ben Olin, Tyler Olin, Alek Mendoza, Madison Neal and Dr. Julie Welker.

HPU’s Katelyn Zimmer to present Senior Recital

Katelyn Zimmer for webBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Katelyn Zimmer, a music education major from Brownwood, will present her Senior Recital on the clarinet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free of charge and the public is invited.

“Katelyn Zimmer is an unusually accomplished music student,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and Zimmer’s clarinet instructor. “Katelyn is one of the very few HPU musicians to give a full elective Junior Recital in addition to the Senior Recital. Her dedication and discipline in her craft has enabled her to prepare an interesting program of clarinet masterworks and chamber music. I am sure her recital will bless all who attend.”

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

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 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 senior Katelyn Zimmer will present her Senior Recital on Thursday, November 8.

HPU Concert Choir to present “Ketubah: Feast of the Bridegroom”

KetubahBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present “Ketubah: Feast of the Bridegroom” next Tuesday, November 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Grace Chapel. A pre-concert lecture is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

The “Ketubah” is the marriage contract shared between the husband and wife in a Jewish wedding.

“This concert will exemplify the parallel of this Jewish tradition with our position as the Bride of Christ,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

The program will highlight several multicultural influences with songs in six languages, four style-periods and a variety of genres. Works to be performed include “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre; “Sweetheart of the Sun” by Eric William Barnum; “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner; “Chorale 1” from “Wachet Auf, BWV 140” by J.S. Bach; and a host of other pieces.

The Concert Choir will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music.

Dr. Rosborough’s pre-concert lecture will give the audience a greater understanding of the historical perspectives of the Ketubah, as it relates to the Hebraic roots of our Christian faith.

“Additionally, lecture attendees will have the opportunity to ‘unpack’ the musical-textual implications of the pieces to be performed thereafter,” he said.

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

HPU theatre to present “Missing Link” during Homecoming 2018

Missing Link for webBROWNWOOD – October 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre will present “Missing Link” by Jack Sharkey in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities. Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The story takes place in 1975 and revolves around Lindy Baxter who, 30 years earlier at the age of 16, pledged her eternal love to Lincoln Sinclair,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s Department of Theatre and professor of theatre. “Link went off to World War II and has not returned so, for 30 years, Lindy has been ‘missing Link.’ After a trip down the stairs, Lindy meets orthopedist, Simon Fletcher, and they eventually decide to marry. Of course, the day before the wedding, guess who shows up! With a convoluted plot and lots of fun action, ‘Missing Link’ can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”

Cast members include Taylor Davis, junior from Alvin; David “Zeke” Frost, freshman from Bertram; Hailey Green, senior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, sophomore from Hico; Michael Hord, sophomore from Montgomery; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Alek Mendoza, freshman from Bangs; Deejay Moses, junior from May; Laurel Pinkney, sophomore from Carrollton; and Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro. Dr. Humfeld is directing the play and additional crew members include Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre; Jake Bowren, junior from San Antonio; and Shannon Sheehan, senior from Brownwood.

For more information about “Missing Link,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. More than 30 other events are scheduled for HPU’s Homecoming. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU will present “Missing Link” by Jack Sharkey in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities. Left to right: Cassia Rose, Alek Mendoza, Michael Hord, Hailey Green, Sara Heinrichs and Deejay Moses. Photo by Katie Cravey, HPU junior.

HPU choir students and alumni to present Homecoming concert

Alumni choir concert for webBROWNWOOD – October 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Homecoming choir concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. All HPU alumni choristers are invited to participate in the program.

During the concert, the alumni choir will present Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Simple Gifts” and then join the HPU Concert Choir for “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by Tom Fettke. The HPU Concert Choir will also present selections from its upcoming fall program titled Ketubah: Feast of the Bridegroom. Rehearsal for alumni choir concert will take place Saturday, November 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Mims Auditorium. Alumni who are interested in participating will be provided music and more information upon registration.

“HPU’s choral program has a rich heritage and the audience is in for a real treat,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “We look forward to seeing different generations joining in song.”

If you are interested in taking part in this event, register at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and follow the prompts to sign up for the HPU alumni choir. Information about additional HPU Homecoming festivities is located at the same web address.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Christopher Rosborough directs student and alumni choristers during the Homecoming 2017 choir concert.

HPU exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” artwork by David E. Harmon

Vanitas photo with David Harmon for webBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” pastel still-life drawings by David E. Harmon, department chair and professor of art. The exhibition is open now through November 3 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will be open extended hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout HPU’s Homecoming weekend, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.

Vanitas is a genre of still-life painting, popular in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. Harmon’s modern vanitas have been created from a Christian perspective, drawn from his experiences, favorite Bible verses and thoughts about life.

“Most of the works were created out of my personal experiences, but I encourage viewers to take the time for self-reflection and ponder what the drawings may mean to their own lives,” he said.

For more information about the exhibition, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. A complete list of Homecoming 2018 activities is located at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art, poses with artwork from his “Contemporary Vanitas” exhibition. Photo by Katie Cravey, HPU junior.

HPU senior Kathryn Grice to perform Senior Recital on Oct. 25

Kathryn Grice photo webBROWNWOOD – October 22, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Kathryn Grice, a music education major from Water Valley, will present her Senior Recital on the flute at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free of charge and the public is invited.

Grice was an All-State Flutist for two years of high school as well as a first-prize winner in the Texas State Solo Competitions.

“During the last four years, the public attending our concerts have commented on her beautiful tone and distinctive expression,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and Grice’s flute instructor. “On Thursday, they will have the opportunity to enjoy her playing in a recital culminating her work at HPU.”

Grice will perform works by Schumann, Brahms and Bizet. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and music department chair, will accompany Grice for these pieces. A performance of Chelsea Komschlies’ “Steam,” featuring clarinetist Paige Bowers from Corpus Christi, will serve as the chamber music portion of the recital.

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

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 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: Kathryn Grice, a senior music education major, will present her Senior Recital on Oct. 25 in HPU’s Grace Chapel.

HPU’s community choral group to present inaugural Hymn Sing

Hymn Sing 2018 for webBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus will host its inaugural Hymn Sing on Sunday, October 21, at First Baptist Church of Brownwood. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.

“In its genesis, the idea of a hymn festival in Brown County was to cultivate a community event where local residents could join together in singing the beloved hymns of our Christian faith,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU.

The choir will sing several anthems and lead the entire audience in a variety of hymns. Accompanists are Dean Kiesling on organ/piano; Joseph Lahmann, HPU junior from Georgetown, on organ; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music on piano. Also accompanying the choir is HPU’s Brass Quintet comprised of Jayland Brown, junior from Temple, on trombone; Jared Dowling, senior from Grandview, on trombone; Lindsey Krueger, junior from Howe, on horn; Luis Moreno, junior from Springtown, on trumpet; and Dalton Pendergrass, sophomore from Paradise, on trumpet.

The mission of HPU’s University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus 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.