News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

Present and former HPU choir members invited to participate in 2019 Austria trip

BROWNWOOD – July 6, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Concert Choir, University Singers and HPU choir alumni will travel to Austria June 3-9, 2019, to perform with a larger ensemble of choristers from all over the world. All present and former HPU choir members, including alumni and those from the community who have participated, are invited to be part of this exciting opportunity.

The large ensemble in Austria will be under the umbrella of KI International Tours and the direction of Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Dickson was the featured clinician at HPU’s first annual Conducting Workshop held in the spring.

“There will be a few rehearsals to attend as we plan our individual concerts,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, director of choral activities at HPU. “However, there should be no more than four rehearsal weekends throughout the year.”

Interested alumni and community members are urged to contact Dr. Rosborough soon at crosborough@hputx.edu or 325-649-8503 to secure their place for this event. A $200 deposit is required by August 30, 2018. Also, two Facebook pages are available to join for more information and regular updates: the HPU University Singers page and the HPU Choir Alumni page.

“Please let me know of your interest to participate so we can populate a working list of participants,” said Dr. Rosborough. “I’m so excited to be on this adventure and to connect further with our outstanding HPU alumni and community members.”

For more information, contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or 325-649-8503.

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Kaitlyn Bush pursues ministry and music at HPU

Kaitlyn BushBROWNWOOD – May 30, 2018 – Kaitlyn Bush has long had a connection to Howard Payne University. The HPU senior, majoring in practical theology and minoring in music, said living just a few miles outside of Brownwood meant the university was a familiar feature throughout her early years.

She says her youth pastors, HPU alumni Dustin Wright ’12 and Seth Pitman ’11, MATM ’15, brought their students to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’s discipleship camp Super Summer at HPU. These trips were some of her early experiences at the university.

“While at Super Summer, I got to meet members of the Christian studies department who were helping,” she said. “It seemed like a really encouraging atmosphere.”

This encouraging atmosphere and the closeness of the HPU community, found in the relationships of faculty, staff and students, is a key part of what makes the university special in Bush’s eyes.

“I feel like everyone cares about everyone,” she said. “Where else are you going to see that?”

She has found the School of Christian Studies to be full of great people with meaningful experiences. The faculty’s familiarity with a variety of ministries imparts a unique value to the education that they offer their students.

“What our Christian studies faculty are teaching us is important on its own, but also a lot of it comes from their personal experiences,” she said. “What they have experienced is not going to be very different from what we are going through or will go through as ministers, so their knowledge is very helpful.”

When she first came to HPU, Bush knew God was leading her to pursue a life serving in music ministry.

“I came to HPU to become equipped for music ministry and decided I wanted to focus on the ministry aspect of this and study toward a major in the Christian Studies department,” she said. “However, because music is a part of my calling and also a passion of mine, I chose to minor in music.”

Bush is active in the HPU music department in addition to pursuing a life of ministry. In the fall, she plays the mellophone and marching horn while also serving as a drum major. During the spring concert season, she plays in HPU’s Symphonic Band.

Music has played a significant role in her life. While in high school, Bush said she benefited from her participation in her high school’s band. In addition to spurring personal growth, music brings her enjoyment even when practicing.

“In music, there are compositions from great composers who express feeling through music,” said Bush. “Knowing this and getting to play that expression is meaningful, especially when the expression aligns with your life and experience.”

Thanks to the faculty of HPU’s music department, she has been able to follow God’s leading in an atmosphere conducive to learning about a subject she loves.

“The professors in the music department are so talented and knowledgeable,” said Bush. “They care about our lives, not just about what we are playing, but what is going on in our personal lives.”

As she nears the final year of her time at HPU, Bush reflected on what the university has meant to her life.

“Hopefully when you leave these walls you are a reflection of what you are learning and a reflection of the God you serve,” she said. “The person I was when first arriving on campus two years ago is different than the person I am now. I am definitely shaping and forming as a person and it’s because of the people pouring into my life.”

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: Kaitlyn Bush has chosen to follow the passions God has given her, pursuing a life in music ministry.

National band sorority and fraternity hold district convention at Howard Payne University

TBS & KKY ConventionBROWNWOOD – May 29, 2018 – The Southwest District Convention of national band sorority Tau Beta Sigma and fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi was recently held at Howard Payne University.

Delta Upsilon and Zeta Beta, HPU’s branches of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, served as the hosts of the weekend’s events. More than 700 fraternity and sorority members, representing institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, met at the HPU campus to take part in various events and traditions.

“Howard Payne was represented well through the efforts of these dedicated students,” said Alexia Riggs, Tau Beta Sigma sponsor and HPU dean of libraries. “The national officers noted not only the great facilities but the servant’s heart these two chapters have as they made the weekend a great experience for those in attendance.”

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: National band sorority and fraternity Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi recently held the Southwest District Convention at Howard Payne University.

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.