News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

Students from HPU’s Pre-College Music program earn honors at state music competition

BROWNWOOD – June 5, 2014 – Fifty students from HPU’s Pre-College Music program participated in the District 4A Junior Festival, held on the HPU campus in March. Forty-eight students earned a “Superior” rating, making them eligible to compete in the Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Competition. Of these students, 22 entered the TFMC State Competition, with many taking high honors. The competition was held May 17 at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Listed below are the participants and their ratings:

Vocal Solo
Outstanding: Angie Calfa, Dallas Johnston, Laurel Edmondson, Mary McIver, Sarah Reeves and Jordan Roberts

Vocal Duet
Outstanding: Laurel Edmondson and Dallas Johnston

Piano Solo
Outstanding: James Bautista, Andrew Boren, Dakota Busby, Abe Cooper, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Addison Miller, Michael Morales, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves, Natalee Rose and Trina Wheeless

Superior: Kamry Keese and Jordan Roberts

Excellent: Skyler Moore

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art program, directed by Diane Owens, is part of the university’s School of Music and Fine Arts. The program offers Kindermusik classes to pre-school children, and lessons in art, musical instruments and voice to school-aged children and adults. This past year, 15 teachers, consisting of HPU music and art faculty, students and local teachers, taught more than 100 students who were enrolled in the program.

Enrollment for the Pre-College Music and Art program’s fall semester will begin August 11 and will continue until August 29. Classes begin on September 1, and each semester is 14 weeks in length.
For more information about the Pre-College Music and Art program at HPU, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-850l or dowens@hputx.edu or Jill Holamon, administrative assistant for the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs operates in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The NFMC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to music education and the promotion of creative and performing arts in America. Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of The United States and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, the NFMC conducts annual Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. The NFMC offers more than three quarters of a million dollars in awards through state and national competitions. Federation members work to create a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities through education and sponsorship of musical events.

Dr. Cynthia Clawson performs for HPU Steinway campaign

Photo 1 -Clawson performing for webBROWNWOOD – May 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University hosted alumna and Grammy-award winning artist Dr. Cynthia Clawson in concert last Sunday afternoon. Dr. Clawson, accompanied by Steinway artist Marvin Gaspard, performed several songs at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church in support of HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School.

In addition to her Grammy Award in 1981 for Gospel Album of the Year, Dr. Clawson has been honored with five Dove awards and numerous Dove nominations. Her rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” was featured in the 1985 Oscar-winning motion picture “The Trip to Bountiful.” She is also a member of the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Photo 2 -Clawson and Gaspard onstage for webDr. Clawson received a vocal performance scholarship to attend HPU and was a member of the A Capella Choir and the Oratorio Chorus. She was also an original member of the HPU Heritage Singers. Her career has spanned more than four decades with 22 recordings to her credit. She was named “The most awesome voice in gospel music” by Billboard magazine.

“Not only does the university pride itself in recruiting the very best among music faculty and students, but we also bring in amazing performers throughout the year,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady. “It is always a treat to hear Dr. Clawson perform and she is a true testament to the quality of musicians produced by the university. It is vital that the musical instruments HPU offers its students, faculty and guests are of the same caliber as the performers who will use them.”

The concert was the latest event hosted by the university in celebration of the Steinway campaign. Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas in New York City, visited the campus in early May to preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For more information about HPU’s All-Steinway School campaign, please contact Randy Yeakley, Photo 3- Group at sign for webvice president for development, at (325) 649-8804 or ryeakley@hputx.edu.

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Photo 1: Dr. Cynthia Clawson performs in support of HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School.

Photo 2: Dr. Cynthia Clawson, accompanied by Steinway artist Marvin Gaspard, performs at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church.

Photo 3: HPU is in the process of becoming a prestigious All-Steinway School. Left to right: Dr. Cynthia Clawson, alumna and Grammy-award winning artist; Mrs. Carol Jordan, All-Steinway School campaign committee member, Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady; and Mr. Marvin Gaspard, Steinway artist.

HPU band fraternity and sorority honored at Southwest District Convention

Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma for webBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band fraternity and sorority, brought home three awards from the annual Southwest District Convention at Baylor University.

HPU’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was presented the Outstanding Service to Music Education Award, which recognizes extraordinary service furthering music education at the university or in the community. The university’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma was presented the Patsy Drury Hejl Outstanding Chapter Award for chapters consisting of 17 or more members, the highest award a chapter can receive in the Southwest District.

Additionally, Allen Andrus, a May graduate from Anson, was awarded the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award, established in 1991 to recognize student leaders who have made outstanding contributions to college bands and the fraternity. Andrus served as Kappa Kappa Psi chapter president and the district’s vice president.

Allen Andrus Kappa Kappa Psi Award for web“The J. Lee Burke Student Achievement award is one of the highest Kappa Kappa Psi awards an individual can receive in the nation,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of alumni relations and sponsor of the HPU chapter. “Typically this award is selected by the district council, but this year the national council of Kappa Kappa Psi nominated Allen for this award. This speaks volumes to his dedication and the Christian servant leadership that Allen exhibited during his time at HPU.”

The Southwest District consists of colleges and universities of all sizes from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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Photo cutlines: Howard Payne University’s chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band fraternity and sorority, were honored at the annual Southwest District Convention at Baylor University.

HPU Jazz Ensemble receives superior rating at Temple Jazz Festival

HPU Jazz Awards April 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2014 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble was awarded the rating of “Superior” in a three-judge panel unanimous decision at the 24th Annual Temple Jazz Festival held at Temple College last month. Six from HPU were also awarded certificates as Outstanding Soloists at the festival.

The Outstanding Soloists were Ryan Contreras, freshman from Early, tenor saxophone; Joseph Dunlap, 2009 HPU alumnus and staff accompanist, piano; Angel Hernandez, freshman from Brownwood, drums; Juan Hernandez, senior from Brownwood, tenor saxophone; Bobby Martinez, freshman from Lampasas, bass; and Ethan Yeats, senior from Big Spring, trumpet.

Additional members of the Jazz Ensemble include Alex Atkinson, freshman from Haslet, baritone saxophone; Christopher Burnett, senior from Early, trumpet; Savon Caldwell, sophomore from Texas City, alto saxophone; Joshua Farquharson, junior from Iowa Park, alto saxophone; Micah Huebner, junior from Brazoria, bassoon; Megan Irwin, senior from Brownwood, trumpet; Kristin Musgrove, senior from Brownwood, trumpet; and Patrick Welsh, freshman from Frisco, bass clarinet.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble was awarded Outstanding College Band at the 2007 and 2008 Temple Jazz Festivals. In addition, the HPU Jazz Ensemble performed in the 2009 North Texas Jazz Festival and was awarded several prizes for Outstanding Soloists at that event.

The ensemble is directed by Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

“I am always interested in the way learning in the classrooms and rehearsal halls at HPU is shown valid and relevant on the world stage,” he said.

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Photo cutline: The HPU Jazz Ensemble was awarded the rating of “Superior” at the 24th Annual Temple Jazz Festival. Back row: Micah Huebner, Kristin Musgrove, Joshua Farquharson, Savon Caldwell, Patrick Welsh, Christopher Burnett, Alex Atkinson and Megan Irwin. Front row, holding “Outstanding Soloist” certificates: Bobby Martinez, Juan Hernandez, Joseph Dunlap, Angel Hernandez, Ryan Contreras, Ethan Yeats and Steve Goacher, professor of music and director of the Jazz Ensemble.

Tyler January of Brownwood to present senior recital at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 30, 2014 – Howard Payne University senior Tyler January, a music major from Brownwood, will present his senior voice recital on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The public is welcome to attend the recital and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

HPU to host Steinway & Sons president Thursday following American Music Spectacular

Ron Losby for webBROWNWOOD – April 28, 2014 – Howard Payne University will host special guest Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas in New York City, thisThursday, May 1. Losby will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School. The ceremony will follow the 19th annual American Music Spectacular presented by HPU’s Symphonic Band. The evening’s events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium and are free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet reception with Losby will follow in Grace Chapel.

Steinway & Sons, founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway, is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. Losby has served as president of Steinway & Sons for the Americas since 2008. He is an accomplished pianist and has studied at both the San Francisco Conservatory and The Juilliard School in New York City.

“We’re delighted to have Mr. Losby on campus this week as we celebrate our decision to become an All-Steinway School,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Steinway pianos are the best keyboard instruments we can offer our student and faculty musicians as well as all of the musical guests we host on campus. Becoming an All-Steinway School will also benefit our university in recruiting students and faculty in the fine arts.”

The American Music Spectacular is an evening of Americana that has become a tradition within the Central Texas area, said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

wallace steinway for web“We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy,” he said.

Song selections include “American Civil War Fantasy,” “America the Beautiful,” “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral” and more.

“The band will also perform a special piece titled ‘Armed Forces Salute’ during which the men and women of our armed forces will be honored,” said Ash. “You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America!”

For more information about the concert, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. More information about the university’s Steinway campaign can be obtained by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music, performs on a Steinway piano during a recent campus event. HPU has begun the process of becoming an All-Steinway School.

HPU will host Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons, on campus this Thursday.

Judi Parten of Killeen to present senior recital at HPU

Judi Parten for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University senior Judi Parten, a music major from Killeen, will present her senior voice recital on Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The public is welcome to attend the recital and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert

HPU Concert Choir for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its spring concert next Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel, located inside the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Students will present music from the 16th century to the present time, including two hymn arrangements, two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium” and two settings of Psalm 100 (“O Be Joyful”). In addition, two works of Jackson Berkey, co-founder of Mannheim Steamroller, will be performed: “View Me, Lord, A Work of Thine,” a setting of the English composer and poet Thomas Campsion; and “Certain Am I,” a setting of Emily Dickinson’s well-known poem “I Never Saw a Moor.” Accompanists for the program are HPU professors of music Dr. Allen Reed, organ, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, piano.

The Concert Choir is conducted by Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities, who joined the HPU faculty in 2001. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, Dr. David Keith and Dr. James Morrow. He has participated in conducting master classes with Dr. Ken Fulton (Louisiana State University), Dr. Joshua Habermann (Dallas Symphony Chorus) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir).

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, will present its spring concert on April 29.

HPU student artwork on exhibition through May 2

student art work for webBROWNWOOD – April 1, 2014 – The artwork of several Howard Payne University students is on exhibition in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through May 2.

The show includes drawings, paintings, photographs, graphic designs and three-dimensional designs created by students in nine different HPU art classes.

According to David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, the students are guided through individual instruction and spend large amounts of time outside of class working to finalize their pieces.

“For them, this is a labor of love as the creative spirit resides within them,” Harmon said.

Harmon is proud of the work produced by the students.

“It is a testament to the diversity of talent we have in our art department from the hands and minds of the art majors, minors and non-art students here at Howard Payne University,” Harmon said. “It is also a good pat on the back to our art professors who have committed their time and energies in instructing these students.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the show, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

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Photo cutline: The artwork of several HPU students is on display at the university through April 29. Pictured is a drawing by Asiyel Smith, a sophomore from Fredericksburg.

HPU student named national debate champion

ssb riverside for webBROWNWOOD – March 25, 2014 – Jaclyn Bonner, a Howard Payne University freshman and student debater from Lytle, was named a national champion during the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament held at California Baptist University in Riverside. HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, a speech and debate team, competed in the tournament over Spring Break. Bonner was awarded 1st place and a national champion title in Novice Informative Speaking.

Additionally, Andres Zambrano, a sophomore from Brownwood, was the first student to advance to a finals round in International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate. He competed in the bronze round.

“This was our first tournament to compete in IPDA debate, one of the fastest-growing styles of debate in the U.S.,” said Dr. Julie Welker, head of the communication department and Student Speaker Bureau coach. “To have two first-year competitors receive awards is outstanding.”

Jared Russell, a senior from Hillsboro, was named a Recognized Debater in IPDA debate, while Adam Jones, a sophomore from Irving, received 3rd place in Novice Impromptu Speaking and was named 9th Top Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) speaker. Meg Eakin, a freshman from Plano, was also in the top 20 novice NPDA speakers.

Other competitors included Marcos Corley, a junior from Corpus Christi; Catherine Mullaney, a senior from Boylston, Mass.; Ben Palmer, a senior from Brownwood; and Adrianna Perez, a junior from Rowlett. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also helps coach the team.

Almost 30 institutions affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities – and more than 300 competitors – were represented at the tournament.

“We had an outstanding year for HPU speech and debate,” Dr. Welker said. “The results at this national tournament just confirm what a great team we have. I’m so proud of each of our competitors.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau recently traveled to the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament at California Baptist University in Riverside. From left are: Kim Bryant, Andres Zambrano, Jared Russell, Katie Mullaney, Adrianna Perez, Jaclyn Bonner, Meg Eakin, Ben Palmer, Adam Jones, Marcos Corley and Dr. Julie Welker.