News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU band fraternity and sorority dedicate enhanced trailer in memory of former students

Band groups with trailer for webBROWNWOOD – October 1, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band fraternity and sorority, recently transformed the trailer which hauls equipment and instruments for the Yellow Jacket Band. The groups have dedicated the trailer in memory of two students who passed away while members of the band – Chris Jones (1987-2011) and Jeremy Lewis (1979-2000).

The upgraded trailer features a vinyl wrap which depicts images of the band and commemorates the lives of Jones and Lewis.

“We’re pleased to not only have a great looking trailer for the band but to be able to honor Chris and Jeremy in this way,” said Corey Ash, director of bands. “They were very special to us and we miss them both very much.”

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Photo cutline: Members and sponsors of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma stand in front of their recently upgraded trailer. The trailer has been dedicated in memory of Chris Jones and Jeremy Lewis, former Yellow Jacket Band members.

HPU to host “Blood Moons” concert in observance of total lunar eclipse

Stephen Goacher for webBROWNWOOD – September 30, 2014 – When the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon during a total lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish hue. This phenomenon is often referred to as a “blood moon,” and people in many parts of the world, including the western United States, will have the opportunity to observe one on October 8 during the last total lunar eclipse of 2014.

Stephen Goacher, professor of music at Howard Payne University, will present a concert this Thursday, October 2, inspired by the signs, symbols and scripture of the four blood moons and the total solar eclipse of the 2014-15 biblical year. A pre-concert discussion of the science, mathematics and theology surrounding the heavenly events will also be presented by Goacher at 7:00 p.m. in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus. The concert will follow in Mims Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Both the discussion and concert are free and the public is invited to attend either or both.

Goacher will be accompanied by Dean Kiesling on the piano and organ and assisted by Gannon Phillips on bass and Dillon Phillips on drums.

“My instruments are the woodwind instruments,” said Goacher. “The audience is encouraged to think of these instruments as voices, especially as they relate to the stories and scriptures inspiring the musical selections.”

A tetrad occurs when four lunar eclipses take place within a specified amount of time. October’s lunar eclipse is part of a tetrad, with eclipses having occurred during April 2014 and taking place again in April and September 2015. Additionally, a total solar eclipse will occur on March 20, 2015.

Many around the world have taken note of the fact that each of these dates corresponds with Passover and Old Testament feast dates which are still observed in present-day Jewish culture.

“These facts have encouraged some to engage in theories about the symbolism of the tetrads, super moons, solar eclipses and the feasts,” said Goacher. “For every theory advanced, counter views are equally prevalent.”

According to Goacher, as heirs of the New Testament, God’s children will ponder His heavenly signs.

“The theologians will write their books,” he said. “The pastors will preach. The scientists will calculate the mathematics and physics. As a musician, I ponder these silent vivid signs in a vivid, invisible language of sound.”

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

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Photo cutline: Stephen Goacher, HPU professor of music, will perform a special concert in observance of October’s “blood moon.”

HPU exhibiting work of Brownwood photographer Roger Levesque

By Chandler Condra, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD –September 25, 2014– Howard Payne University is exhibiting the work of Brownwood photographer Roger Levesque in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibit, “A Retrospective of Fine Art Photography,” is available for viewing until November 21.

Levesque’s work focuses on the use of digital photography and manipulation to explore more artistic possibilities. His art has been featured in dozens of exhibits in recent years.

David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art, is excited to exhibit Levesque’s work.

Tree Dancer for web“Mr. Levesque is a very talented artist and we’re honored to host his original work here at HPU,” said Harmon. “The students and community will benefit from this exhibition in seeing a range of work spanning more than 30 years. This is the intent of the retrospective exhibition, to reveal the artist’s visual journey in his medium of choice.”

Levesque’s work has won at several competitions both locally and nationally. In 2009, he became the first photographer to be awarded the title “Artist of the Year” by the Brownwood Art Association.

Levesque said the computer opens infinite possibilities to create works of art. The analog darkroom of the past has been replaced with the digital version on the computer with Photoshop and other related programs.

“The sheer numbers of galleries and museums now showing the works of digital photographers and a growing respect from colleagues and critics only adds to my belief in the possibilities of the medium,” he said.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (excluding school holidays) 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: Among the works featured in the Roger Levesque exhibit at HPU is “Tree Dancer,” photographed at the Grand Canyon in 2011.

Deans among new faculty at HPU

BROWNWOOD – September 23, 2014 – Two deans are among the nine new Howard Payne University faculty members this semester. Dr. Richard Fiese serves as dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music, while Alexia Riggs joins HPU as dean of libraries and associate professor of library science.

Richard Fiese for webDr. Fiese most recently served as professor in music education at Houston Baptist University from 2000 to 2014. Additionally, he has served as associate professor of music education at the University of Miami from 1995 to 2000; associate professor of music education at the University of Houston from 1989 to 1995; and director of bands at Henry L. West Laboratory School in Coral Gables, Fla. from 1986 to 1989. He earned his doctorate from the University of Miami in 1989.

Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business, co-chaired the selection committee in the search to fill the position.

“Dr. Fiese brings both depth and breadth in higher education administrative experience to this dean position at HPU,” he said. “He has accomplished a significant body of scholarly activity nationally and has produced an impressive record of service for the music education profession in Texas.”

Alexia Riggs is a 2002 HPU graduate. Her previous experience includes serving as reference librarian at Del Mar College from 2012 to 2014; technical services librarian at Paris Junior College from 2009 to 2012; government document librarian intern at Texas Christian University in 2009; and as a music library assistant at Hardin-Simmons University from 2004 to 2005. She has completed all but her dissertation toward a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

Alexia Riggs for web“Alexia is a wonderful addition to our faculty and we’re delighted that she chose to return to serve her alma mater,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

According to Dr. Tew, choosing those who will serve as leaders among the HPU faculty is a tremendously important task.

“The semester has only just begun and we’re already benefiting from their knowledge, experience and leadership,” he said. “I am deeply appreciative of the faculty and deans who worked tirelessly as members of the search committees that recommended these two extraordinary candidates.”

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Photo cutlines: Two deans are among the new faculty at HPU.

Dr. Richard Fiese serves as dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music.

Alexia Riggs serves as dean of libraries and associate professor of library science.

HPU to host Sorores Duo in soprano and clarinet recital

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Dr. Amy Rosine

BROWNWOOD – September 11, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will host guest soprano Dr. Amy Rosine in recital on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. The recital is free to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Dr. Rosine, a former HPU faculty member, will be accompanied by Dr. Sandra Mosteller on the clarinet and assisted by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, HPU professor of music, on piano. Known as the Sorores Duo, Drs. Rosine and Mosteller have been performing together for 10 years. Their programs focus on contemporary music for soprano and clarinet.

Dr. Rosine is an active recitalist and oratorio performer. Known for her clear voice and expressive singing, she has performed in a variety of venues, including the Lyric Theatre of Dallas, Fort Worth Opera, Brownwood Regional Theatre and Regal Opera, Civic Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Lyric Opera Express and Kansas Concert Opera and Kansas State University Opera. Opera roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Merry Widow, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Goodwife and Mary in The Wise Women and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has performed with Opera in the Ozarks, St. Charles Music and Arts Festival and Lake Placid Institute Vocal Seminar. She is a past recipient of the Alpha Corrine Mayfield Award in Opera Performance from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Recital performances have taken her to the Čzech Republic, where she collaborated with pianist Jaroslav Šaroun from the Music Academy of Prague. Most recently, Dr. Rosine was the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Kansas State Choir at the prestigious Kaufmann Center in Kansas City.

Dr. Rosine is associate professor of music at Kansas State University, where she teaches applied voice, vocal techniques and serves as vocal coach for the K-State Players Broadway musicals. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Kansas, Master of Music degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University. Voice teachers include Inci Bashar, Norman Paige and Kathleen Dawson. Dr. Rosine has served on the faculties of Rockhurst College, St. Mary’s University, Howard Payne University and Texas Woman’s University. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, where she serves as the Kansas president and Sigma Alpha Iota, where she is the faculty advisor for the Kappa Upsilon chapter.

Dr. Sandra Mosteller frequently performs as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has been a featured soloist throughout

Dr. Sandra Mosteller

Dr. Sandra Mosteller

the United States and in Belgium, Spain and Russia.

Dr. Mosteller has performed works for several composers including Thea Musgrave, Donald Erb, Bruce Mahin, Mark Kilstofte and Rodney Washka. She has premiered several works, including Ebbtide for clarinet, cello and piano, which was written for her by Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. She commissioned and performed Monologues for clarinet and piano and Piccolo and Chalumeau for clarinet, flute and piano, both by Gary Belshaw.

Dr. Mosteller is on the faculty of Wayland Baptist University, where she teaches applied clarinet and saxophone, chamber music ensembles, music education and world music courses, as well as serving as junior and senior recital coordinator. Her private students have achieved success at the state, regional and national level, including scholarships to major universities, summer music institutions, all-state and honor band festivals.

Dr. Mosteller earned a doctorate in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master’s degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education at Truman State University. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kelly Burke, Dr. Robert Spring, Ted Gurch (Atlanta Symphony), Dr. Richard Weerts, David C. Nichols, Debbie Augsberger and Paul Brizzi. She is a life member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda.

“HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts is very pleased to welcome back Dr. Rosine along with Dr. Mosteller,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean. “We’re looking forward to an evening of excellent music and hope the community makes plans to join us.”

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Photo cutline: Drs. Rosine and Mosteller will perform a soprano and clarinet recital at Howard Payne University on Thursday, September 18.

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.