News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Symphonic Band to present winter concert

SpringBandConcert18BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its annual late-winter concert, titled “How Suite It Is,” on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for the concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

The concert will feature “First Suite in E-Flat,” a band masterpiece by Gustav Holst. Other selections include “October” by award-winning American composer Eric Whitacre; “Commando March” by Samuel Barber, a titan of 20th-century American music; “Arabian Dances,” a newly released piece by Brian Balmages based on Middle Eastern folk music; “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3,” one of four by Clare Grundman; and “On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason” by David R. Holsinger and based on Lowell Mason’s 1832 work “My Faith Looks Up To Thee.”

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

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to present these band masterworks to our community,” said Ash. “We hope everyone will tell a friend and join us for the exhilarating concert.”

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

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: HPU’s Symphonic Band will present its winter concert Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes at championship tournament

Spring TIFA 2018BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team placed fifth overall at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament, held recently at Blinn College in Bryan.

Christopher Freeland, junior theatre major from Bangs, was named to the prestigious Texas All-State Forensics Squad. The honor is bestowed on students who have excelled in competitive forensics and academics and who demonstrate leadership and character. Freeland advanced to finals in poetry and parliamentary debate.

The debate team of Freeland and Tyler Olin, junior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were semifinalists in parliamentary debate. Olin earned ninth place top speaker at the tournament. These debaters were in the top four teams from Texas, earning their semifinalist ranking by defeating institutions such as Texas A&M University, Rice University, Texas State University and the University of North Texas. The team competed against a total of 17 universities from Texas.

“Advancing to semifinals is a great accomplishment at this tournament,” said Dr. Julie Welker, head of HPU’s communication department and SSB coach. “We are competing against some of the top teams in the state.”

Additionally, Esmeralda Maldonado, communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney, and Lucy Manning, communication, public policy and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, were named top novice team at the tournament.

“These two freshmen have been honing their debate skills this season and it paid off at the tournament,” said Dr. Welker.

Madison Neal, sophomore communication major from Chandler, also competed at the tournament. Student Speaker Bureau will next travel to the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament in March.

Applications for admission 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: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau placed fifth overall at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament. Left to right: Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Lucy Manning, Esmeralda Maldonado and Tyler Olin.

HPU professor to perform with San Angelo Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Goacher 1BROWNWOOD – February 1, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, has been invited to perform as principal saxophone with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra at the group’s concert Saturday, February 3. The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. in The Murphey Performance Hall in San Angelo.

Goacher has frequently performed with the San Angelo Symphony and with the Loveland Chamber Orchestra in Loveland, Colorado, as principal oboe from 1996-1999. During the 1980s and 1990s, Goacher performed as an adjunct member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on oboe, saxophone and clarinet including a performance with the city’s Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A member of the HPU faculty since 1999, Goacher teaches students who play woodwind instruments and conducts Winds of Triumph, the university’s church music ensemble that performed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He is also director of HPU’s Jazz Ensemble.

“Mr. Goacher is widely acknowledged as a sought-after and highly skilled performer in many musical settings and on multiple instruments,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “His accomplishments inspire both his students and colleagues to pursue excellence. Mr. Goacher is a true treasure to HPU.”

The concert, titled “Gypsy Jazz,” will include selections such as “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, scenes from “The Moldau” by Smetana and “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert’s conductor is Maestro Hector Guzman of San Angelo. Featured performers are accordion star Julien Labro of Toronto, Canada, and Vinny Raniolo of New York who has performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world.

The concert is open to the public and tickets are available at http://sanangelosymphony.org/event/gypsyjazz. For more information, contact the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra at 325-658-5877.

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: HPU’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will perform with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 3, at the group’s concert titled “Gypsy Jazz.” The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Murphey Performance Hall in San Angelo.

HPU hosts art show by four Waco artists

Art Show Photo 2 Art Show photo 1BROWNWOOD – January 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art show through February 27 titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms.” The exhibit is available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on the university’s campus. There is no cost to view this exhibit.

“The work in this exhibition is comprised of four Waco-based artists who all studied visual art at Baylor University,” said David Harmon, professor and chair of the Department of Art. “Each artist brings her unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms in various art media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.”

Featured works of art in the exhibit are by artists Kim Abercrombie, Katherine Makowsky, Jennifer Seo and Trisstah Wagstaff.

According to Abercrombie, her work, a lithograph titled “Flower Study #4,” is a visual interpretation and documentation of the familiar. She captures reflections of the past and present and takes in what draws her to nature by bringing it to the canvas.

Makowsky, a native of Waco, was trained as a printmaker but says her artistic influences derive from a wide variety of mediums in nature. Her featured work is graphite on Mylar and paper and titled “Forest Track I.” Makowsky’s says her art seeks to uphold the classical ideals of goodness, truth and beauty and is inspired by local and familiar landscapes.

Seo is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas-San Antonio. She says her artwork, including her exhibited acrylic and charcoal work titled “Sanctum,” is based in personal memories to explore the cognitive process of an experience becoming a memory and how those memories are built into self-perception.

Wagstaff is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She says her acrylic on canvas painting titled “The Kind Storm” explores how people are affected by beauty and how that beauty is found and experienced even through deep loss and sadness. She says her paintings also acknowledge hope as something sacred and spiritual.

“We are pleased to have these artists exhibit their artwork here at HPU and encourage the public to come view each of the pieces,” said Harmon. “Information on each of the artists’ inspirations and works will be available at the exhibit.”

The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on weekends. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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: Photo 1: HPU’s Department of Art will feature the works of four Waco-based artists who each bring unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms.
Photo 2: Available for viewing through February 27, HPU’s art show titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms” features artwork in various media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.

HPU’s University Singers group gears up for spring rehearsals

BROWNWOOD – January 12, 2018 – The University Singers, Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral opportunity, is welcoming new and returning musical enthusiasts into its membership for the spring 2018 semester. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays starting January 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the choral rehearsal hall, room 503, in the university’s Davidson Music Complex. No childcare is provided.

This unique entity within Howard Payne presents two concerts per year (one at Christmastime and one in the spring). 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.

“It is the goal of this ensemble 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,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor or music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we will prepare a concert centered on the American choral tradition and will sing a variety of music from sacred harp and Broadway to African-American spirituals and more.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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’s jazz ensemble to present concert Thursday, January 18

BROWNWOOD – January 11, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a winter concert titled “January Jazz” on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

The ensemble will perform songs that span many jazz styles including Swing, Bop, Cool and Latin. Selections will include original arrangements from the popular bands of Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton as well as big band adaptations of jazz classics by Chick Corea, John Mahoney, John Lewis and Wayne Shorter.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 10, 2018 – It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2018 season on Tuesday, January 16, at Howard Payne University. Rehearsals will be held in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert,” said Ash. “From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

HPU’s Davidson Music Complex is located on the university’s campus. For more information, contact Ash at 325- 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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 students meet professional sport teams’ communication staff members

Communication students and faculty at Ranger ballpark for webBROWNWOOD – December 4, 2017 – Students in Howard Payne University’s Sport, Media and Culture course within the university’s Department of Communication took two academic trips to professional sporting events this fall – a Texas Rangers baseball game and San Antonio Spurs basketball game – to meet with the communications staff of each organization.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, created the course.

“This communication studies course is designed to examine the interrelationship between sport and media in society and to examine how sport and sport discourse shapes cultural values,” she said. “Understanding how sport, media and culture intersect is important now more than ever with our instant access to information.”

Communication students and faculty at Alamo for webThe class attended a Texas Rangers game during the last week of the Major League Baseball regular season in September. The students met with four members of the Rangers’ marketing, communications and social media staff. Each staff member explained his or her role in the organization and answered questions from the students.

Madison Neal, sophomore communication major from Chandler, said she really enjoyed getting to meet the organizations’ social media directors.

“One person who really sparked my interest was Kaylan Eastepp, who is over all of the social media for the Rangers. She discussed the details of her job and her role as a woman in a professional men’s sports world,” Neal said.

Neal added that Eastepp was entertaining and informative because she talked about the huge impact of social media on our society and demonstrated that women can and do work in sports.

Jared Sandler, broadcaster for the Rangers, also spoke with the class, encouraging students entering the communications field to never give up. He told the class that he got both his job and internship from consistently e-mailing people and networking.

The students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rangers’ facility, including a trip to the press box, the media room and a personal meeting with “Mr. Rangers,” Tom Grieve, himself. The students met with three other communications and marketing staff members.

The class also traveled to a Spurs game in San Antonio and met with four members of the Spurs communications staff, including marketing, public relations, social media and advertising personnel.

“We met Megan Julian, who is responsible for social media for the Spurs,” said Neal. “I always find the people who work in social media to be fascinating because they have such a large outreach.”

Julian is responsible for managing the Spurs’ Facebook and Twitter during the games, as well as for the layout and design of GIF images and highlight layouts.

“All of the speakers had a vast level of experience with internships, and each speaker recommended doing several internships, even if they are unpaid,” said Neal. “The trips provided us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what holds the public image of a sports team together as well as the final product in the enactment of the game. These opportunities allowed our class to learn more about communication careers in sports.”

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Cutlines: Students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication pose in front of a Texas Rangers’ backdrop. While at the ballpark, they met with members of the Rangers’ communications staff.

Students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication visited the Alamo on the way to a San Antonio Spurs basketball game. At the game, they had the opportunity to meet with members of the Spurs’ communications staff.

HPU’s University Singers and Concert Choir to present Christmas concert

MessiahPosterBROWNWOOD – November 30, 2017 – The University Singers and Concert Choir of Howard Payne University will present a Christmas Concert Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

The choirs will perform selections from Handel’s timeless work titled “Messiah.” The Festival Chamber Orchestra, a group of area and collegiate musicians, will accompany the choirs.

Featured soloists for the concert are soprano Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness; mezzo-soprano Danielle Rosborough, 2008 HPU alumna; tenor Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music; and baritone Dr. Iwao Asakura, associate professor of music at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

The University Singers, Concert Choir and Festival Chamber Orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“Bringing this specific work to Brown County has been a dream of mine since 2016 when I became the choral director at HPU,” said Dr. Rosborough. “It is a brilliant and festive composition that crosses many cultural and generational gaps.”

Dr. Rosborough also said that it is the goal of this combined choir 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.

Coggin Avenue Baptist Church is located at 1815 Coggin Avenue in Brownwood. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Cutline: HPU’s University Singers and Concert Choir will present a Christmas concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

HPU’s Pre-College Music students to perform at railroad museum

Pre-College Music & Art Program Logo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – November 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music students will hold their Christmas performance on Saturday, December 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum in Brownwood.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections to family and friends,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in the School of Music and Fine Arts.

The Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum is located across from the Depot at 700 E. Adams Street in Brownwood.

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

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