News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir to present Christmas Celebration concert

BROWNWOOD – November 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas Celebration concert Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public.

“We hope that many will make the walk over to Mims Auditorium after the Brownwood Christmas parade and join us for a fun evening of celebration through music at HPU,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

The musical selections will get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites. Selections include “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson; “The Christmas Song” arranged by John Higgins and featuring Stephen Goacher, professor of music, on alto saxophone; “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” by Claude T. Smith; “White Christmas” arranged by John Moss; and many more.

There will be a reception following the concert in the band rehearsal hall of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. The HPU Student Brass Quintet will provide music at the reception.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food item as a donation for admission. All canned goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand this holiday season.

The HPU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Ash and the HPU Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“We are excited to share our music again this Christmas season while celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Ash. “We hope that you may know the joy of the greatest holiday gift of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”

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

HPU to celebrate birth of Christ through “Lessons and Carols”

Lessons and Carols Poster 2017BROWNWOOD – November 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present its annual tradition of “A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood. The service includes Scripture readings about the prophecies and fulfillment of the coming Christ, in coordination with music that reflects the passages.

HPU faculty and staff members will read the Scriptures and the university’s Heritage Singers will perform the musical selections with Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, accompanying.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and has broadcast annually, with the exception of 1930. In the United States, the service airs on approximately 300 radio stations.

The Heritage Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher B. Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“The service of Lessons and Carols is a poignant reminder of the prophecies and their fulfillment of the coming of Christ,” said Dr. Rosborough. “With the busyness of this time of year as well as the bits of turmoil we see in the world around us, this service provides an opportunity for contemplation as we focus on the tangibility of our Messiah.”

St. John’s Anglican Church is located at 700 Main Street in Brownwood. For more information about the event, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.


Cutline: HPU will present its annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood.

HPU’s Marissa Godbey to present senior recital

Godbey senior recital 2017BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University student Marissa Godbey will present a senior recital Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the university’s Grace Chapel. Admission is free for this recital and the public is encouraged to attend.

Godbey, a mezzo-soprano from Austin, is a music education major from the studio of Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

“There will be art songs and arias in various languages as well as an interesting yet spooky contemporary piece titled ‘Will the Wind Whisper?,’ written and composed by Elaine M. Ross,” said Godbey. “This piece was premiered in 2000 by Dr. Celeste Church, one of my dearest professors and mentors. I am proud to perform the same piece at this recital.”

Abraham Cooper, senior from Early, will accompany Godbey on the piano.

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


Cutline: HPU’s Marissa Godbey will present a senior recital on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. Pictured are Godbey (right) and senior Abraham Cooper (left).

HPU’s Malone will present senior recital this Friday, November 17

BROWNWOOD – November 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University student Victoria Malone of Fort Worth will present a senior recital on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Malone is pursuing a bachelor of music in performance with a voice concentration. She is a student from the studio of Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness at HPU.

Malone’s mezzo-soprano recital will include selections by Hӓndel, Mozart, Poulenc, Schubert, Strauss and others. The closing set will include gospel pieces arranged by Moses Hogan.

Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music at HPU, will accompany Malone on piano.

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


Two HPU faculty members to present recital on Tuesday, November 14

faculty recital 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – November 10, 2017 – Dr. Gregory Church and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, two of Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts faculty members, will present a recital Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and there is no charge for the public to attend.

Tenor vocalist Dr. Gregory Church, HPU professor of music, and pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor in HPU’s Department of Music, will perform “In Native Worth” from Franz Josef Haydn’s The Creation as well as selections by Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc and Hal Hopson.

“I am looking forward to performing again with my colleague and friend Dr. Elizabeth Wallace,” said Dr. Church. “It has been some time since we have done a recital together and I have enjoyed working with her on this project.”

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


HPU art faculty members exhibit work, publish article

Of Jimmy for webBROWNWOOD – November 10, 2017 – Works by Howard Payne University’s David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, and his wife, Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art, are available for viewing in a variety of locations this month with exhibitions in Temple, Austin and Brownwood and an article published in the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

The couple has a two-person exhibition of their paintings at the Saulsbury Gallery of the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, open to the public through November 15. In conjunction with the Temple exhibition, the couple recently held a combination lecture and workshop in watercolor with 35 people in attendance.

The Harmons’ works are also featured in a group exhibition at the Austin Artists Gallery throughout the month of November.

The paintings of Susan Harmon are on exhibit in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. The exhibition consists of large-format abstract paintings based on her study of tragic events during the 21st century. She has extensively exhibited her work both domestically and internationally with recent gallery and museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe. HPU’s gallery hours are Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Her work is full of expressive painterly marks with the goal of providing healing amidst tragic circumstances,” said David Harmon.

David Harmon was recently notified that his article, titled “Modernism and the Machine,” will be published in the November issue of the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

For more information please contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or via e-mail at


Cutline: The artwork of Susan Harmon is on display in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. Pictured is a painting titled “Of Jimmy.”

HPU hosts U.I.L. workshop

UIL Workshop for webBROWNWOOD – November 9, 2017 – Students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication hosted more than 200 students from 13 area high schools today for a workshop on U.I.L. Speech, Debate and Journalism.

Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, is pictured delivering a presentation on speech and debate.

HPU students and employees share in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Baseball team hurricane relief group photo for webBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2017 – Many Howard Payne University departments, teams, students and personnel were recently involved in various projects to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas coastal areas. Three projects in particular – the supply collection and fundraiser by the HPU baseball team, the Department of Music hurricane relief concert and the stuffed animal/small blanket drive by the School of Education – were part of campus-wide efforts to help those in need in southeast Texas.

At the Saturday, September 2, supply and donation drive, the HPU baseball team partnered with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood and collected 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food. The weekend after the collection event, 41 HPU baseball players, five coaches, the athletic director and then-alumni/development director traveled to First Baptist Church Port Lavaca to deliver the supplies. While there, the team of volunteers provided assistance with unloading donations, tree and brush removal, fence and roof repair as well as general clean-up efforts. The team clocked an estimated 1,060 hours of volunteer service for hurricane relief.

Choir at benefit concert for webAcross campus, HPU’s Department of Music also wanted to help those affected by the hurricane. The department presented a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, that was titled “The Sounds of Restoration” and featured many of the university’s musical ensembles. Admission to the concert was by donation and all proceeds went to the organization Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery. Approximately $3,000 was collected that evening at the door and more was collected online.

HPU’s School of Education came up with another creative way to assist in relief efforts. The school coordinated a “Comfort for Kids” drive throughout September, collecting stuffed animals and small blankets to comfort children whose families may have lost all of their belongings. The school was able to collect 50 stuffed animals and 30 small blankets for the children. Dr. Sam Goff, minister of missions at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, delivered the items on behalf of HPU to the greater Beaumont area on October 4. Goff is the husband of Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education.

Stuffed animal and blanket drive for web“None of these hurricane-relief efforts could have been done without the support of the people in Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as the HPU community,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “It is wonderful how all involved came together to be a blessing to those devastated by the recent hurricane and flooding in southeast Texas.”

Those interested in assisting with ongoing relief efforts may donate to Texas Baptist Men’s hurricane relief and recovery fund. Visit to donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.


Cutlines: (1) HPU’s baseball team and staff are shown at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca where they assisted the people in that area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

(2) HPU’s Concert Choir is shown performing during the benefit concert presented by the Department of Music’s various ensembles.

(3) HPU’s School of Education hosted a stuffed animal/small blanket drive benefiting children affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding.

HPU to present Evening of Theatre

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present an Evening of Theatre this Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the HPU Theatre, 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood. Tickets are $5 per person and free for all HPU personnel and students.

HPU theatre students will perform a variety of monologues, musical numbers and audience-suggested improv scenes.

Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, called the annual Evening of Theatre event a “one-of-a-kind theatre extravaganza.”

“Audiences will enjoy a broad range of performances from our very talented theatre students including both upperclassmen and our newest actors in the program,” he said. “You definitely won’t want to miss this event.”

Performers include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Katie Cravey, sophomore from Huntsville; Tanner Crow, freshman from Brownwood; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, freshman from Hico; Isaac Howell, senior from Georgetown; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Ransome Looper, sophomore from Abilene; Deejay Moses, junior from May; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Gabby McWhirter, senior from Crosbyton; Shannon Parrish, senior from Brownwood; Laurel Pinkney, freshman from Carrollton; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

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

Senior recital recently presented by HPU student Judy Pack

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Judy Pack, a music instrumental all-level certification major from Fort Worth, presented her senior flute recital on Tuesday, October 24. The recital was held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Recital selections included “Suite de Trios Morceaux, Opus 116” by Benjamin Goddard, “Sonata No. 3, Opus 1, No. 4” by George Frederic Handel and “Slow Tears for Alto Flute and Piano” by Rhonda Larson. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, accompanied Pack on the piano.

Pack is from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music. He offered his thoughts on Pack’s recital.

“The programmatic variety afforded by performing both the concert flute and the alto flute gave Judy’s program exceptional interest,” said Goacher. “Few students have worked more diligently to make a public presentation representing the sum of their academic career.”