News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

Student Speaker Bureau reps HPU at Colorado tournament

SSB Fall 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – October 8, 2015 – Howard Payne’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at Colorado State University-Pueblo in Parliamentary debate and British Parliamentary debate, as well as in individual events. The competition was cohosted by the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College. Twenty-three schools from 14 states competed.

Christopher Freeland of Brownwood, Reagan Grisham of Arlington, Nashota Isbell of Brownwood and Aimee Orozco of Shepherd engaged in Parliamentary debate.

“This was the first time for these four students to compete in Parliamentary debate,” said Dr. Julie Welker, SSB coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “It’s always overwhelming competing in six debate rounds in one day – and these students improved significantly during the tournament.”

Braxton Clark of Southlake, Ashley Moon of Waxahachie, Luis Ortiz of Early and Morgan Ashmore of Weatherford competed in British Parliamentary debate.

“British Parliamentary debate focuses on international issues and policies,” explained Dr. Welker. “These students debated topics ranging from the EU refugee crisis to gender issues to university accreditation issues.”

In November, these four students will travel to Oxford University to participate in the Oxford IV, the world’s third-largest debate tournament.

Receiving awards were Christopher Freeland, 5th place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and 1st place in Novice Prose; Reagan Grisham and Christopher Freeland, 5th in Dramatic Duo; and Aimee Orozco, 6th place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking.

Students also enjoyed sightseeing at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

The HPU speech and debate team will next compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Tournament Fall Championships in Corpus Christi, Nov. 6-7.

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Photo cutline: The Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s speech and debate team, recently competed at Colorado State University-Pueblo. They are pictured on the HPU campus. Left to right: Christopher Freeland, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Reagan Grisham, Luis Ortiz, Ashley Moon, Dr. Julie Welker, Aimee Orozco and Nashota Isbell.

HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker speaks on developing global citizens

Dr. Julie Welker and Wayne Kraemer for webBROWNWOOD – October 6, 2015 – Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication at Howard Payne University, recently spoke at the 90th annual Texas Speech Communication Association conference on the panel “Hosting and Attending International Debates to Develop Global Citizens.” The conference was held in Irving.

Dr. Welker’s topic was “Developing Intercultural Critical Thinkers: Using Academic Debate to Explore Culture” and highlighted HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team. The Student Speaker Bureau competes in several events each year, including a competition in Oxford, England, the third-largest debate tournament in the world.

Also attending the conference from HPU was Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication. Dr. Welker’s co-presenter was Wayne Kraemer, director of forensics at Texas State University, whose topic was “How to Build a Bridge: Beginning an International Debate Partnership.”

Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, said he highly values Dr. Welker’s leadership of the Student Speaker Bureau as a distinctive feature of the programs within the Department of Communication and her commitment to developing intercultural critical thinkers among her students at HPU.

“I applaud Dr. Welker’s academic accomplishments as well as those of her students,” he said.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker, right, recently spoke at the 90th annual Texas Speech Communication Association conference. She is pictured with co-presenter Wayne Kraemer.

Works by HPU art faculty on exhibit during Homecoming 2015

BROWNWOOD – October 6, 2015 – Works by Howard Payne University’s art faculty will be on exhibit during HPU’s 2015 Homecoming celebrations, October 16-17. The exhibit, titled “Artists in Action,” is housed in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

The artists include David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography. The works feature collage, drawing, ink, painting, pastel and various photographic techniques.

David Harmon said he welcomes art alumni, and all other art enthusiasts, to the exhibit.

“We look forward to seeing former students and meeting new friends during the Homecoming festivities,” he said.

The gallery will be open for special Homecoming hours Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 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.

A complete list of Homecoming 2015 events is available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Photo cutline: Works by HPU’s art faculty, including “Self Portrait – Imagined” by David Harmon, will be on display during Homecoming 2015. Photo by Rachel Ellington, HPU senior.

“Artists in Action” exhibition to showcase works of HPU art faculty

Artists in Action poster for webBROWNWOOD – August 28, 2015 – Works by Howard Payne University’s art faculty will be on exhibit in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center September 11 through October 18.

Titled “Artists in Action,” the exhibition features collage, drawing, ink, painting, pastel and various photographic techniques.

The artists include David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography.

“We’re proud to welcome the community to this exhibition as we kick off the new semester at HPU,” said David Harmon.

David and Susan Harmon are also scheduled to exhibit paintings throughout the month of September at the Abilene Center for the Arts. Additionally, David Harmon will participate in an exhibition titled “40@100,” celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Harmon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Webster in 1977.

HPU’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday 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.

HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority named top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in nation

Tau Beta Sigma fall 2015 for webBy Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – August 27, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Delta Upsilon chapter of the national Tau Beta Sigma sorority recently received the Grace and A. Frank Martin Outstanding Chapter Award at the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, making it the top chapter in the nation.

Several members of Delta Upsilon and its brother chapter, Zeta Beta, traveled to Lexington for the conference in August after both chapters were selected as finalists during the spring semester.

“I am so proud to be a part of Tau Beta Sigma and have an opportunity to serve with and be around such amazing people,” said Ruby Johnson, president of the HPU chapter. “This organization has taught me to pursue excellence and strive to become great.”

Delta Upsilon competed against chapters from the University of Arkansas, the University of Massachusetts, the University of California, Los Angeles, Georgia Tech University, the University of Missouri, Auburn University and the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

“This award is very difficult to earn, so we’re proud that an organization from Howard Payne was able to do so,” said Johnson.

Zeta Beta competed against chapters from institutions such as the University of Michigan, Kansas State University and the University of Washington.

“Our brothers have been an integral part of our organization and we would not have been able to receive this award without their love, support and dedication for music to flourish,” said Johnson.
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Photo cutline: HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority was recently named the top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in the nation.

Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 12, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program, part of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves the community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults.

Music lessons, which begin the week of September 7, will include instruction in piano, voice, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons begin the week of September 14 and include beginning and intermediate drawing and painting.

“Fine art education is very important for both young students and adults,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

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

HPU’s Pre-College Music students earn state honors

BROWNWOOD – July 7, 2015 – Twenty-eight students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program participated in the Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC) State Competition recently, with many taking high honors. The program, part of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults.

The competition was held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Listed are the participants in the state competition and their ratings:

Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre
All State: Alex Fowler
Outstanding: Hannah Bessent, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Kamry Keese, Mary McIver, Addison Miller, Sydney Neel, Shayna Oliver, Sarah Reeves, Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts and Ava Sparks-Hansen

Vocal Solo/Art Song
Outstanding: Addison Miller

Piano Solo
Outstanding: James Bautista, Michelle Cabrera, Becca Church, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Alex Fowler, Kyle Ivy, Addison Miller, Michael Morales, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves, Natalee Rose, Cate Smith, Carter Wheeless and Trina Wheeless
Superior: Andrew Boren, Raya Hakim, Kamry Keese and Jordan Roberts

Forty-five students from the Pre-College program participated in the District 4A Junior Festival, held on the HPU campus in March. Of those students, 40 earned a “Superior” rating, making them eligible to compete in the TFMC Competition.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, directed by Diane Owens, offers Kindermusik classes to pre-school children and lessons in art, musical instruments and voice to school-aged students and adults.

Enrollment for the fall semester will begin in mid-August. Classes begin on Labor Day and continue through mid-December. For more information, contact Owens at (325) 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu or Jill Holamon 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 charted 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 120,000 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.

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HPU hosts Congressional Art Competition

congressman conaway and hpu faculty for webBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Congressional Art Competition for the 11th Congressional District of Texas. Congressman Mike Conaway and high school students from across the district were on campus for the event.

According to house.gov, hundreds of thousands of high school students from around the country have participated in the Congressional Art Competition since it began in 1982. A winning entry from each congressional district is displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

“HPU was honored to host this event,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “The students are all very talented and we were proud to display their artwork in our Doakie Day Art Center.”

The 2015 winning entries will be posted online at www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.

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Photo cutline: Congressman Mike Conaway (right), U.S. Representative for Texas’s 11th congressional district, was recently at HPU for the Congressional Art Competition. He is pictured with Dr. Richard Fiese (left), dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, and David Harmon, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. Photo by Chandler Condra, HPU senior.

HPU concert raises more than $700 for Wounded Warrior Project

American Music Spectacular for webBROWNWOOD – May 8, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the 20th Annual American Music Spectacular, a musical tribute to the United States, its armed forces and the many who serve as first responders in our communities. In lieu of ticket sales, HPU’s Department of Music accepted donations on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project. More than $700 was raised for the national charity, an organization that offers resources and support for injured service members.

During the concert, the band performed a special piece titled “Armed Forces Salute,” honoring the men and women of our armed forces.

“I was really pleased we were able to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project and we were honored to recognize the men and women who serve us on a daily basis,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

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Photo cutline: Band and audience members watch as the Color Guard posts the American and Texan flags prior to the 20th Annual American Music Spectacular. Photo by Kevin Holamon ’14.

HPU to celebrate armed forces with 20th annual American Music Spectacular

BROWNWOOD – April 24, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present the 20th annual American Music Spectacular on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be collected on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, a national charity that offers resources and support for injured service members.

“This evening of Americana has become a true tradition within the Central Texas area,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

The band will perform music from composers who have helped to shape the American musical landscape. The selections include “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “American Overture,” “The Fire of Eternal Glory” and many more.

“We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy,” said Ash.

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.

“We will have many special guests from our armed services as well as leadership from many of the area’s first-responder organizations,” he said. “We will recognize these men and women who serve us on a daily basis.”

A reception will follow the concert.

“You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America and her heroes,” said Ash.