News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

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.

HPU Concert Choir and University Singers to present “Requiem”

Requiem PosterBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Concert Choir and University Singers will present a concert Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Brownwood. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The program, titled “Requiem,” is written by Sir John Rutter who is one of Britain’s foremost composers of our day. A requiem uses additional elements within the context of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass and makes use of Latin texts. Rutter not only uses the Latin texts but also uses English texts to create his interpretation of “Requiem,” which is infused with depth and elegance while being quite simple.

Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, will conduct the performance which will feature the combined choirs of the HPU Concert Choir and University Singers. One of the most well-known movements in the concert is “The Lord is My Shepherd” which will feature Stephen Goacher, professor of music, playing oboe. Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, will accompany the performance on the organ and Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, will be featured as the soprano soloist.

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.

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HPU dean presents scholarly papers at regional conference

Dr. FieseBROWNWOOD – April 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts, recently presented two scholarly papers during lectures at the annual South Central Regional Conference of the College Music Society. The conference was held this year at the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts on the campus of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Dr. Fiese presented his papers, titled “Creativity and the Uncertain Future” and “Developing the Leader in You,” at the three-day conference at which attendees gathered to discuss the changing landscape of music in higher education. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Transformation” and presentations were given by representatives of 28 colleges and universities across the country.

“While HPU has no requirements for faculty members to conduct scholarly research, it is vitally important that we model for our students the habits of and commitment to learning and sharing of knowledge,” said Dr. Fiese. “The process of scholarship nurtures professional relationships with our peers at other institutions and within other disciplines which ultimately enhances our abilities to teach the students in our classes.”

Also, this month, the Texas Association of Music Schools named Dr. Fiese to a three-year term as chair of the Commission of Music in General Education.

“HPU is blessed by extraordinary faculty members who demonstrate their professional competence in the classroom and through research,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “I am delighted that Dr. Fiese has chosen to fulfill his calling here. Our students are the beneficiaries of his extensive talent and leadership ability.”

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

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Photo cutline: Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, presented two scholarly papers during a recent conference at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

HPU Jazz Combo performs at Eastland Jazz Festival

Eastland Jazz FestivalBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Combo was featured in concert at the third annual Eastland Jazz Festival held recently at the Majestic Theatre in Eastland. In addition to performing a concert, the HPU Jazz Combo, a small group of musicians selected from the HPU Jazz Ensemble, presented a workshop on jazz improvisation for the attendees of the festival with Stephen Cox, festival host and HPU alumnus.

The HPU jazz program has been under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music, since 1999.

“We are tremendously proud of our students in the jazz ensembles and of the mentoring leadership provided by Professor Goacher,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “The creativity and performance skills practiced and demonstrated by the students in our jazz groups reflect the core of what we are trying to impart to all of our music graduates as 21st century musicians.”

Performers at the Eastland Jazz Festival included Alex Atkinson, junior from Haslett; Ryan Contreras, junior from Early; Abraham Cooper, freshman from Early; Angel Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Steven Ray Palousek, freshman from Holland; Garrett Ratliff, junior from Cherokee; and Isaac Williams, freshman from May.

HPU’s jazz program has a longstanding tradition of excellence. HPU jazz musicians were featured at the Opening Ceremonies of the Texas Music Educator Association conference in San Antonio in 2003 and the jazz ensembles were awarded “Outstanding College Band” awards at the Temple Jazz Festivals in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014 in both the Big Band and Combo Divisions. The HPU Big Band also performed at the prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival in 2009 and at the first Eastland Jazz Festival in 2014.

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.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Jazz Combo was featured in concert recently at the Eastland Jazz Festival. Pictured, from left, are Abraham Cooper, Steven Ray Palousek, Garrett Ratliff, Ryan Contreras, Angel Hernandez, Alex Atkinson, Isaac Williams and Stephen Goacher.

HPU Heritage Singers to present concert

Heritage SingersBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Heritage Singers will present a spring concert titled “God So Loved the World,” Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert is open to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The program will include mainstream hits such as “My Funny Valentine,” “And So It Goes,” and “Unforgettable.” There will also be a medley of songs from HPU’s fall production of “Godspell,” and a challenging vocal setting of “Flight of the Bumblebee” that the singers have re-named “Flight of the Yellow Jacket.” The audience will also get to hear several songs that express the believer’s relationship to God and the call to share that love with others. One of the ensemble’s favorites is “Prayer of the Children,” a song written by Kurt Bestor to express the heartbreak of families torn apart in Yugoslavia during the country’s civil war. This song encompasses the title of the concert, “God So Loved the World.”

Heritage Singers is a select ensemble chosen from members of HPU’s Concert Choir. This group serves as ambassadors for the university, performing for churches and schools across the state, as well as alumni events and recruiting opportunities.

This semester, the ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music. Members of the ensemble include Brett Ellis, Timothy Emery, Josiah Horton, Isaac Howell, Marissa Godbey, Gabriella Guest, Victoria Malone, Brendyn Porter, Danielle Strickland, Elizabeth Wallace and Joshua Wood. They are accompanied by Joseph Dunlap, adjunct instructor of music.

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.
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Cutline: HPU’s Heritage Singers will perform in concert Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.