News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – September 29, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27. This free exhibit is open to the public and available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

The art exhibit, by members of the Brownwood Art Association, features works of art including photography, acrylic and oil paintings, and pencil and watercolor sketches.

“The Brownwood Art Association is a wonderful group of local artists who have ‘The Art Spirit,’” said David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art. “In 2013, we hosted a self-curated exhibition that involved the artists’ selections of their best works and have decided to repeat the process with this exhibit. I am sure everyone will be delighted to see the best of local Brownwood visual talent.”

The exhibit will be open to the public on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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 at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27.

HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace publishes article in professional piano magazine

Elizabeth Wallace 2017BROWNWOOD – September 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article titled “Reflections of a Guild Adjudicator” published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

Dr. Wallace’s article is one of three features in the summer 2017 edition of the magazine, which is the official publication of the American College of Musicians and its teacher division, the National Guild of Piano Teachers. It has a circulation of more than 10,000.

“Dr. Wallace has built an impressive career through compassionately demanding excellence of herself and her students in the studio and the classroom and on the performance stage,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “She has increasingly been involved with sharing her expertise through publication, and her efforts in this area provide a model and an encouragement for HPU students. Dr. Wallace is to be commended for her ongoing achievements.”

Dr. Wallace attributes her success, in part, to Dr. Fiese and the School of Music and Fine Arts.

“Dr. Fiese has encouraged me to submit my writing for consideration in professional publications many times,” said Dr. Wallace. “I have thought about writing for submission for years but it is his support that has given me the courage to take action.”

This is the second article Dr. Wallace has had published in recent years. Both were personal reflections on the importance of organizations such as the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

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Cutline: HPU professor Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

HPU names six faculty promotions

Faculty Promotions Fall 17BROWNWOOD – September 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University announced the promotion of six faculty members at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Receiving promotions are Dr. Celeste Church, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Kevin Kelley, Dr. Paul Lilly, Dr. José Romero and Dr. Rusty Wheelington.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these individuals,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “The promotions granted are indicative of their hard work and faithful service to the university.”

Dr. Celeste Church, HPU faculty member since 2005 and formerly associate professor of music, was named professor of music. She additionally retains the title of dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

Dr. Gregory Church, formerly associate professor of music, has been named professor of music. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2004.

Dr. Kevin Kelley, who joined the HPU faculty in 2013, was named associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Family Studies. He was formerly assistant professor of organizational psychology and business.

Dr. Paul Lilly, formerly assistant professor of criminal justice, was named associate professor of criminal justice. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2011 and also served as director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. José Romero, previously associate professor of mathematics, was named professor of mathematics. He joined HPU’s faculty in 1996 and additionally serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Dr. Rusty Wheelington, who joined the HPU faculty in 2006, was named professor of Christian studies. Dr. Wheelington formerly served as associate professor of Christian studies.

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Cutline: Six HPU faculty members were promoted at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Left to right: Dr. José Romero, Dr. Rusty Wheelington, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Celeste Church and Dr. Paul Lilly. Not pictured is Dr. Kevin Kelley.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau prepares for upcoming debates and events

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team is preparing for a busy fall semester of tournaments and events.

A group of students from across majors and disciplines, Student Speaker Bureau members compete at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, host high school UIL speech and debate workshops and adjudicate elementary, middle and high school UIL tournaments. Team members are also called upon often to emcee events on campus and in the community.

At the end of September, the group will compete at the Storm Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The team will then host the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate on Sunday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

In November, the team will travel to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association fall championships tournament. HPU will also host its annual UIL Speech and Debate Workshop for area high school students in November.

Fall 2017 team members include Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, junior psychology, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is an excellent team of speakers and debaters,” said Dr. Welker. “They all have heavy course loads and active lives but spend a great deal of their time keeping up with current events and honing their debate and presentational skills to prepare for competition. I’m looking forward to seeing their achievements this fall.”

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb. The exhibition debate with the British National Debate team is open to the public. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.

Reminder: HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

BROWNWOOD – September 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles.

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can 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.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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HPU representatives among cast and crew of Lyric’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo

BallyhooBROWNWOOD – September 11, 2017 – Howard Payne University faculty, students and alumni will be among the cast and crew as Brownwood Lyric Theatre presents the comedy/drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Performances are September 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and September 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

Written by Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. Uhry is also the playwright of Driving Miss Daisy. Set in 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ballyhoo follows the experiences of the wealthy Jewish family, the Freitags.

“Brownwood Lyric Theatre invites you to come out for laughs, drama and romance as this very relatable crew of quirky Southern characters learns what love and family really mean,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, director and professor of theatre at HPU and frequent director of Lyric performances. “The play would not be the same without the wonderful talents of several Howard Payne faculty members, students and alumni.”

HPU cast members include Dr. Humfeld as Reba; Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, assistant professor of theatre, as Peachy; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government, as Joe; and Joy-Renee Blackstock, 2007 HPU graduate, as Sunny. Caitlyn Tidwell, 2006 HPU graduate, is directing the performances. Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood, and Deejay Moses, junior from May, are running sound, and Kashtyn Eoff, sophomore from Zephyr, is stage managing and running lights. Additional cast members include Suzi Harkey, Doug House, Larry Mathis and Melanie Potter.

For more information, visit www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

BROWNWOOD – September 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

“We all recognize that the recovery following Hurricane Harvey will take time and there are many in our community who desire to find a way to help,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “As those living in southeast Texas move toward restoration following the devastation left in Harvey’s wake, the students and faculty of HPU’s Department of Music feel compelled to use the gifts that God has given them to provide a conduit for our community to help.”

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles. Selections include “Jesus Shall Reign,” arranged by Steve Dunn and performed by Winds of Triumph; “Jesus Loves Me” and “America, the Beautiful,” performed by the HPU Wind Ensemble; “Mourning Into Dancing,” performed by the Heritage Singers with Winds of Triumph; and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” performed by the HPU Concert Choir. A collaboration of “Give Me Jesus” will be performed by Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. The audience will have the opportunity to participate by singing “God of Our Fathers.”

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can 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.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

Eleven full-time faculty members join HPU for fall semester

new faculty fall 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – August 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2017 semester this week with eleven new full-time faculty members among its ranks.

“Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and the university as a whole,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “HPU’s entire body of faculty demonstrates the highest of academic standards, and we look forward to the year ahead.”

New full-time faculty members include Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Dave Claborn, professor of government; David Clemons, instructor of history; Dr. Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical science; Dr. Leslie Griffin, associate professor of psychology and family studies; Dr. Rick Grimes; associate professor of kinesiology; Richelle Hair, instructor of communication; Dr. Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing; and James Wunderle, Jr., instructor of psychology.

Teresa Cavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from HPU. She served as an adjunct instructor at HPU from 1999 to 2017 and as an aerobics instructor for Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church from 1990 to 1998.

Dr. Dave Claborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served at Olivet Nazarene University from 2011 to 2016 as associate professor and from 2006 to 2011 as assistant professor. Prior to that, he served as assistant to the pre-law advisor and as teaching assistant, advisor and instructor at the University of Massachusetts.

David Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as an HPU adjunct instructor and as a doctoral teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as a history instructor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Dennis Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Leslie Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Human Services from 2015 to 2017 and as family and consumer services teacher for Crowley ISD from 2011 to 2017. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University from 2012 to 2015 and as an adjunct faculty member at American Public University from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Rick Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston. He served as senior lecturer at the University of North Texas from 2014 to 2017, as assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville from 2007 to 2012, and as assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2000 to 2002 and as instructor and chair of the physical education department at Lone Star College District (Tomball College) from 1988 to 1999.

Richelle Hair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her previous experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2015 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant consultant at Texas Tech University from 2016 to 2017.

Dr. Jill Heupel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from Tarleton State University. She served as a graduate assistant in teaching at Tarleton State University from 2016 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant in research from 2015 to 2016. She also served as an assistant principal in Stephenville ISD from 2011 to 2015, as a physical education teacher with Stephenville ISD from 1996 to 2011 and as a physical education teacher/junior high coach with Mexia ISD from 1995 to 1996.

Dr. Jane Metty-Samons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. She served as professor of education at Mercer University from 2010 to 2016 and as instructor at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2010. She has developed and delivered various programs and courses for a number of schools and universities.

Dr. Nina Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002.

James Wunderle, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He served as instructor at Ecclesia College from 2015 to 2017, as therapist at Ozark Guidance from 2015 to 2017 and as therapist/CEO at Cornerstone Counseling from 2004 to present. Additionally, he served as therapist/CEO of NWA Family Counseling, Inc., from 2005 to 2015 and as therapist at the Counseling Center of Denton from 1998 to 1999.

(Updated October 12, 2017)

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Cutline: HPU’s new faculty members include, from left, Dr. Rick Grimes, Teresa Cavitt, Dr. Jill Heupel, Dr. Dennis Gibson, Dr. Dave Claborn, David Clemons, Dr. Nina Ouimette (front row), Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Richelle Hair. Not pictured is James Wunderle, Jr.

HPU’s University Singers group encourages music enthusiasts to join

BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s University Singers would like to encourage music enthusiasts in Brownwood and the surrounding areas to join the group as it prepares for the Christmas concert from Handel’s “Messiah.”

“The Christmas portion of ‘Messiah’ is a timeless and festive work celebrating the birth of our Savior,” said Dr. Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Choristers will find this a rewarding and unifying experience for our community.”

HPU’s University Singers is a community and collegiate choral opportunity that presents two concerts per year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. The group’s goal is 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.

Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning August 28 in room 503 of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex.

For more information, or to join HPU’s University Singers, contact Dr. Christopher Rosborough at 325-649-8503 or crosborough@hputx.edu.

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HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program now enrolling for fall semester

Pre-College Music & Art Program Logo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the fall 2017 semester with music lessons set to begin the week of August 28 and art lessons beginning the week of September 11. Registration for music ends August 21 and the deadline to register for art classes is September 8.

The program, presented by HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves Brownwood and the surrounding communities by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Music lessons, which will be 45 minutes in length each week for 14 weeks, include instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons, which will be one hour in length each week for 12 weeks, will feature beginning and intermediate drawing and painting. Instructors in the program include the HPU music and art faculty, experienced area teachers and student teachers.

“We enjoy the opportunity to supplement the fine arts education of our local and area students with a variety of lessons and events each year,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re looking forward to a fun and busy semester.”

For more information, contact Owens at dowens@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at jholamon@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8500.