News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU to host Steinway & Sons president Thursday following American Music Spectacular

Ron Losby for webBROWNWOOD – April 28, 2014 – Howard Payne University will host special guest Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas in New York City, thisThursday, May 1. Losby will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School. The ceremony will follow the 19th annual American Music Spectacular presented by HPU’s Symphonic Band. The evening’s events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium and are free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet reception with Losby will follow in Grace Chapel.

Steinway & Sons, founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway, is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. Losby has served as president of Steinway & Sons for the Americas since 2008. He is an accomplished pianist and has studied at both the San Francisco Conservatory and The Juilliard School in New York City.

“We’re delighted to have Mr. Losby on campus this week as we celebrate our decision to become an All-Steinway School,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Steinway pianos are the best keyboard instruments we can offer our student and faculty musicians as well as all of the musical guests we host on campus. Becoming an All-Steinway School will also benefit our university in recruiting students and faculty in the fine arts.”

The American Music Spectacular is an evening of Americana that has become a tradition within the Central Texas area, said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

wallace steinway for web“We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy,” he said.

Song selections include “American Civil War Fantasy,” “America the Beautiful,” “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral” and more.

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

For more information about the concert, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. More information about the university’s Steinway campaign can be obtained by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music, performs on a Steinway piano during a recent campus event. HPU has begun the process of becoming an All-Steinway School.

HPU will host Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons, on campus this Thursday.

Judi Parten of Killeen to present senior recital at HPU

Judi Parten for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University senior Judi Parten, a music major from Killeen, will present her senior voice recital on Monday, April 28, at 6 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.

HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert

HPU Concert Choir for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its spring concert next Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel, located inside the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Students will present music from the 16th century to the present time, including two hymn arrangements, two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium” and two settings of Psalm 100 (“O Be Joyful”). In addition, two works of Jackson Berkey, co-founder of Mannheim Steamroller, will be performed: “View Me, Lord, A Work of Thine,” a setting of the English composer and poet Thomas Campsion; and “Certain Am I,” a setting of Emily Dickinson’s well-known poem “I Never Saw a Moor.” Accompanists for the program are HPU professors of music Dr. Allen Reed, organ, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, piano.

The Concert Choir is conducted by Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities, who joined the HPU faculty in 2001. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, Dr. David Keith and Dr. James Morrow. He has participated in conducting master classes with Dr. Ken Fulton (Louisiana State University), Dr. Joshua Habermann (Dallas Symphony Chorus) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir).

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, will present its spring concert on April 29.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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