News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

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.


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.”


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.

HPU’s Symphonic Band to present spring concert

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2014 – The Howard Payne University Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the spring semester on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no admission charge for the concert, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The band will perform a varied and exciting program, including the Sinfonians, a symphonic concert march; October by Eric Whitacre; Abram’s Pursuit by David Holsinger; Pastime by Jack Stamp; Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst; and much more.

“There is sure to be something to delight the musical tastes of everyone in attendance,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “Come enjoy an evening of exciting music, compliments of Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts and the HPU Symphonic Band.”

Juan Hernandez of Brownwood to present senior recital at HPU

angel and juan hernandez for webBROWNWOOD – February 28, 2014 – Juan Hernandez, a Howard Payne University music education major and saxophonist from Brownwood, will present his senior recital on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The recital is titled “Latin American Music for the Classical Saxophone.”

“Music is the universal language and the language that goes beyond words,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of the jazz orchestra. “I am pleased that Juan has chosen a recital program highlighting his interest in cultural diversity through the arts. The artistic thoughts of the Latin American music will have universal appeal.”

Assisting Juan will be his brother Angel Hernandez, a freshman music education major, on marimba. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of piano at HPU, will also accompany Juan.

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.


Photo cutline: Juan Hernandez, right, will present his senior recital at Howard Payne University on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by his brother, Angel Hernandez, left.

HPU art professor to be featured in national exhibition

David Harmon HPU for webBROWNWOOD – February 26, 2014 – The artwork of David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Howard Payne University, was selected for inclusion in a national exhibition. Two of Harmon’s pastel pieces will be featured in The Pastel National 2014 Exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan.

The exhibit will be showcased at the Wichita Center March 28 through May 11, with an opening reception to be held on Friday, March 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Professor Harmon is very talented, both as an artist and as a teacher,” said Lawson Hager, interim dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “We’re very pleased that his work is being recognized at the national level.”


Photo cutline: Artwork by David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the art department at HPU, will be showcased in a national exhibition.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes at Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association championship tournament

BROWNWOOD – February 19, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, recently competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association spring championship tournament at Rice University. The team won 5th place overall sweepstakes, losing only to Division I universities.

“This is a great accomplishment,” said Dr. Julie Welker, head of the communication department and SSB coach. “It is outstanding when a university the size of HPU comes in right behind larger universities. Most of those schools have upwards of 20 students on their team and enter twice as many events. We are competing with eight students. Our students pack a lot of bang for their buck!”

The team had a strong showing in debate, as the open division team of Katie Mullaney, senior English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boylston, Mass., and Ben Palmer, senior youth ministry major from Brownwood, advanced to quarterfinals.

HPU had four speakers in the top 20 for parliamentary debate speaker awards. Winning top speaker awards were Mullaney and Adam Jones, freshman communication, youth ministry and Academy major from Irving, both of whom ranked in the top 10. Palmer and Andres Zambrano, freshman Academy and political science major from Brownwood, ranked in the top 20.

Palmer also advanced to semifinals in extemporaneous speaking, and Jones advanced to semifinals in impromptu speaking.

“I am extremely proud of all of these students,” said Welker. “This was our first parliamentary debate tournament since last September, so we were a little rusty. It’s impressive that we had a team break to quarters and receive such great speaking awards.”

Welker added that the HPU students have been able to step in and succeed, even with such a young team.

“We only have two graduating seniors on our team, Katie and Ben, and they are great leaders,” she said. “Their debating experience really shines through at these tough tournaments.”

Other students who competed at the tournament were Marcos Corley, junior criminal justice major from Corpus Christi; Meg Eakin, freshman political science major from Plano; Jaclyn Bonner, freshman communication major from Lytle; and Adrianna Perez, junior political science major from Rowlett. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also helps coach the team.

HPU students receive prestigious music scholarship

Allen Andrus for webHannah Strebeck for webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University students Allen Andrus, a senior music education major from Anson, and Hannah Strebeck, a sophomore music education major from Royse City, recently had scholarships renewed through the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS). Both students, who originally received the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship during their sophomore years at HPU, are eligible to renew the awards each year until they graduate.

The Clara Freshour Nelson family provides scholarships for students studying music in Texas schools. The endowment is administered by TAMS, an organization comprised of music executives from colleges and universities in the state of Texas.

Andrus is a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, Concert Choir and Winds of Triumph. He also serves as president of the local Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and as vice president for the Kappa Kappa Psi Southwest District.

Strebeck is a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, University Singers and serves as treasurer for the local Delta Upsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.

To be selected for this scholarship, a student must be a music major at a Texas institution holding full membership in TAMS in good standing. He or she must have at least 12 semester hours not including transfer credits, demonstrate quality musical performance and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The student must then complete the application to be eligible for selection. The application includes a performance audio recording, letter of recommendation and an essay.

For renewal of the scholarship, the student must achieve all previous requirements, complete an annual “thank you” acknowledgement and provide an annual update of academic, teaching and/or performance activities.

“We’re very pleased that Allen and Hannah were not only selected to receive the scholarship during their sophomore years at HPU, but that they have been diligent in their academic and musical pursuits,” said Lawson Hager, interim dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “They are fine students and fine performers.”


Photo cutlines: Allen Andrus and Hannah Strebeck received the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

HPU showcasing artwork of Chad Hines

hines for webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s art department is featuring the work of Temple artist Chad Hines in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Titled “Find Frields,” the exhibit will run through March 5. The university will host a closing reception for the artist on March 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

David Harmon, professor of art and head of HPU art’s department, said that he is pleased to bring an artist of Hines’ caliber to HPU.

“Chad Hines is a fine artist and we’re excited to host this meaningful body of work,” he said.

According to Hines, the show pays homage to his professor, mentor and friend, Gary Q. Frields.

“Gary passed away at the end of August 2013, but his teachings will always be part of my work and his legacy will live on through art.”

According to Hines, one of Frields’ intuitive art-making techniques was to “find” something in his work.

“He would begin to draw or paint, with no objective in mind, and often an image or essence could be found,” Hinds said. “To “Find Elvis” was one of his favorite starting points. Ultimately, it is a way for the artist or the viewer to search and find. On these artistic journeys, one never really knows what he is going to find. It may be werewolves, monkeys, Elvis or Mr. Peanut, but the most important part of the process is the journey and its discoveries. I will always be searching for Frields.”

The exhibit will feature “assemblage” art, pieces created from recycled and found objects.

“The materials and objects that I have collected and incorporated into my work have been acquired over time from my family’s property,” Hinds said. “These personal relics are much like family photographs or fleeting memories that have a tendency to disappear if they are not regenerated and sustained.”

Hines received an Associate of Arts degree in 2003 from Temple College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2006. In 2007, he entered the graduate program of the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a Master of Arts degree in December 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in December 2009.

He has taught college art courses at Stephen F. Austin State University, McLennan Community College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 2010, he was hired by Central Texas College in Killeen as the head of the visual arts program and gallery coordinator for campus visual art exhibitions. He lives in Temple with his wife, Cynnamon, and two daughters.

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.


Photo cutline: Chad Hines installs a work of art at HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. His artwork will be showcased through March 5.

HPU to host area professional singers in “The True Story of Cinderella” this Friday

BROWNWOOD – January 28, 2014 – This Friday evening, January 31, Howard Payne University will host 13 professional singers from Brownwood, Abilene and San Angelo as they gather to present Warren Martin’s tale, The True Story of Cinderella. The concert will be presented in the university’s Grace Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Martin composed Cinderella in 1955 and the premiere at Westminster Choir College was performed by 13 graduate students with the composer at the piano. Cinderella is not a staged work, but is sung in “oratorio style,” with the singers in a row across the front of the platform, facing forward. This performance maintains Martin’s directions for presentation, but there is plenty of interplay between characters to bring out the story and relationships.

The cast includes HPU faculty members Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music, and Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, as well as Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady. Other performers include Lynette Chambers, Karen Hogue, Christopher Hollingsworth, Jaynne Middleton, Elisabeth Moss, Paul Piersall, Rick Piersall, Melody Rich and Michael Scarbrough of Abilene and Scott Raines of San Angelo. Cheryl Lemmons of Abilene will accompany the performance on piano.

“It is a rare treat for Brownwood to have so many beautiful voices in one place, but what makes this concert unique is that they come together to tell a story that is loved by both children and adults,” said Dr. Celeste Church. “In the space of an hour, you will hear the story of Cinderella and her dysfunctional family told through music in a humorous and unique way.”

The production is a project of the Great Plains Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The Great Plains Chapter, formed in 1970, serves the region of West Texas from Midland/Odessa to Brownwood, and from Abilene to San Angelo. In addition to HPU, the schools currently represented by chapter membership are Abilene Christian University, Angelo State University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. Membership is not limited to these schools, however.

Grace Chapel is located in HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center, next to Mims Auditorium. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

HPU’s Tau Beta Sigma to host band fundraiser dinner

BROWNWOOD – November 26, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national honorary band sorority, will host its second annual Christmas Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall of Brownwood’s First Baptist Church. A minimum $5 donation is requested and proceeds will go toward the purchase of new instruments for the HPU Yellow Jacket Band.

HPU music students will perform live as guests enjoy a meal of lasagna, garlic bread, salad and chocolate cake.

“The Yellow Jacket Band creates music the entire community can enjoy,” said Tau Beta Sigma member Ruby Johnson, a junior from Alvarado. “We would appreciate people coming to support the band.”

For more information about the dinner, contact Tau Beta Sigma sponsor Jill Holamon, administrative assistant for the School of Music and Fine Arts, at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at