News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Victoria Malone to present junior voice recital

Victoria MaloneBROWNWOOD – November 16, 2016 –Howard Payne University student Victoria Malone will present a junior recital on Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Malone is a music performance voice major from Fort Worth and is a student from the studio of Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness at HPU.

Malone’s program will include three opera arias, “When I am laid in earth” from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, “Voi che sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart and “En vain, pour éviter” from Carmen by Bizet. Art song selections to be performed are Nachtwanderer by Hensel and Sapphische Ode by Brahms. Also, a collection of Five American Revival Songs by Zaninelli will be performed.

Malone will be accompanied on piano by Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music at HPU.

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


Cutline: HPU’s Victoria Malone will present a junior recital Friday, November 18, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU exhibiting sculptures of David Hill

David Hill sculptureBROWNWOOD – November 14, 2016 – Howard Payne University is exhibiting “Whole,” the sculptures of David Hill, through Friday, December 2, in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“David’s ceramic works in this exhibition are very sophisticated,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “They speak of our human condition as broken vessels, a metaphor of human pain and suffering in need of Christ’s healing which makes us whole.”

Hill was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised by missionaries. His artwork focuses on and is inspired by his Christian faith. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, and, in 2010, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Before going to graduate school, Hill worked as a production potter at The Mark of the Potter, a pottery store in the mountains of northern Georgia. As a result of his studies and work experience, he was able to gain an expertise in a wide range of ceramic and sculptural methods.

Hill has exhibited nationally and internationally, at events such as the Workhouse Clay National 2011 Juried Exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, as well as the Medalta International Cup Show 2013 in Alberta, Canada. He currently serves as assistant professor of art at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

Hand-built ceramic coiling technique is present in Hill’s sculptural works, said Harmon, with themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs such as Jim Elliot and Nathan Dabak.

“The holes we see in the sculpture can be made ‘Whole,’ hence the title of this exhibition,” Harmon said.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information about the exhibition, contact David Harmon at (325) 649-8088 or


Cutline: HPU is exhibiting the sculptures of David Hill. Hill’s artwork features themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs and those who exhibit the spirit of martyrdom such as this sculpture of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego).

HPU’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers to present fall concert

BROWNWOOD – November 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and the HPU Heritage Singers will present a fall concert titled “Creator Created Creating: My Maker’s Bounding Line” on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and is free to the public.

A variety of musical selections will be presented including works from Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” which depict the days of creation. During the concert, many allegorical references will be made to Yahweh’s presence through light, water, trees, mankind and the vastness of the firmament, all of which speak to the unfathomable omnipotence of our Creator. Guests can expect to hear a variety of repertoire from Palestrina to Carly Simon, as well as the uproarious depiction of wildlife in Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers.”

Both choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. Accompanists for the concert will be Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, on piano; and Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, on organ. Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, and Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, will play an active role in the musical dialogue of the concert with assistance from HPU alumnus Jesse Smith ’13. Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will also join the choir on soprano saxophone in one song along with a variety of players from HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts.

“The inspiration for this presentation is that we are created by a divine creator who is continually creating us in His divine image,” said Dr. Rosborough. “I am proud of the work that the Concert Choir and Heritage Singers have done in preparing for this concert. I believe it will be glorifying to God and a blessing to those who attend.”

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


Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers will present a fall concert on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU students study nonverbal communication in conjunction with presidential election

Jaclyn BonnerBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2016 – With early voting underway and less than a week until Election Day, Howard Payne University students in Dr. Julie Welker’s Nonverbal Communication course are studying how candidates’ appearance, body language, expressions and other nonverbal cues may impact election results.

“Since the first televised presidential debate in 1960, nonverbal communication has played a major role in how voters consider candidates,” said Dr. Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication. “Without realizing it, audiences are persuaded by such nonverbal cues as the candidates’ dress, posture and even blinking patterns.”

Jaclyn Bonner, senior communication major from Lytle, gave a presentation in class Wednesday afternoon during which students analyzed the expressions of candidates during debates. She discussed how nonverbal cues can negatively or positively influence a candidate’s odds of winning an election. Bonner also encouraged others in class to be aware of their expressions and body language when engaged in public speaking.


Cutline: Jaclyn Bonner, HPU senior communication major from Lytle, recently delivered a presentation on “Nonverbal Communication in Presidential Debates.”

HPU’s Homecoming Play fun for the entire family

BROWNWOOD – October 18, 2016 – In keeping with Howard Payne University’s Homecoming theme – “The HPU Family Tree” – this year’s theatrical production is something the entire family can enjoy. HPU’s Department of Theatre will present “Bone-Chiller!” by Monk Ferris in four performances throughout Homecoming Weekend, October 27-30.

Show times are Thursday, October 27, through Saturday, October 29, at 8 p.m. each evening and Sunday, October 30, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website,, or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at (325) 649-8044.

Despite its name, the play is not “spooky or ooky,” says Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, director, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre.

“The play is definitely family friendly,” she says. “Thirteen people have gathered for the reading of a will on Friday the 13th. The will, however, has been formulated as a rebus or word puzzle. Along with the characters, the audience will try to untangle the puzzle. It should be a lot of fun.”

Cast members include Michael Bell, freshman from Sonora; Jake Bowren, freshman from San Antonio; Brooklyn Britton, freshman from Brownwood; Nathan Brockett, sophomore from Copperas Cove; Katie Cravey, freshman from Huntsville; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Hayden Jacobs, junior from Lytle; Rachel Lilley, freshman from Comanche; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Gabrielle McWhirter, senior from Crosbyton; Deejay Moses, freshman from Bynum; Ashleigh Moss, sophomore from Alvarado; and Cassia Rose, junior from Winnsboro. Nick Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, serves as designer and technical director.

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


HPU Jazz Band to present fall concert featuring Dr. Tarik Hassan of New Orleans

BROWNWOOD – October 13, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Band’s fall concert will feature jazz bassist Dr. Tarik Hassan and will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

Dr. Hassan is a distinguished scholar, performer and composer from New Orleans who has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Les Cultures du Monde in France, and Snug Harbor and House of Blues jazz clubs in New Orleans.

This year, the band’s program will present classic jazz styles such as Cool, Bebop and Latin Jazz. A new jazz arrangement of George Gershwin’s 1932 orchestral work “Cuban Overture” will be presented as well as a big-band adaptation of the Modern Jazz Quartet’s 1953 tribute to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.

“We are pleased to present our students and Dr. Hassan to our campus and community,” said Stephen Goacher, director of the ensemble and professor of music. “This concert will be a celebration of this great American music – jazz.”

The HPU Jazz Band has garnered numerous accolades in its rich history. More recently, it won consecutive Outstanding Collegiate Band awards at the Temple Jazz Festival from 2006 to 2009 and gave other performances and awards at the festival in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Additionally, the band performed at the North Texas Jazz Festival in 2010.

For more information, call HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.


Cutline: New Orleans jazz bassist Dr. Tarik Hassan will perform during the HPU Jazz Band’s fall concert on Thursday, October 20.

Scholarships awarded to three HPU pre-college music students

BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2016 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were recently awarded scholarships at the 18th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland during the town’s Rip Festival. The scholarship awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment.

The Mary Frances Bishop Memorial Scholarship was awarded to 13-year-old Sarah Ann Reeves, a piano and voice student from Goldthwaite. The Wilda Dragoo Music Scholarship was awarded to piano students Christopher Ivy, age 6, and Kyle Ivy, age 12, both of Brownwood. The three scholarship recipients are students of Diane Owens, director of HPU’s Pre-College Music Program.

Each student must present letters of recommendation to the scholarship committee and write a personal letter explaining why he or she is deserving of this monetary award. Academic accomplishments and community service are also factors in becoming a recipient of one of the scholarships.

“I am very proud of these three students,” said Owens. “They all work hard to do their best, are always well-prepared for their lessons and have a love of music. It is a great pleasure to work with them and see them develop into fine musicians.”

NSF Arts has awarded hundreds of music scholarships and sponsored more than 100 concerts across Texas since 1999. NSF Arts is a proud sponsor of many youth music programs in the state that provide concert tickets and music education experiences for Texas school children.

For more information about HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, call 325-649-8500.


HPU’s Yellow Jacket Band given new drum major stand

BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2016 –  Howard Payne University’s Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma groups recently purchased a new drum major stand for the HPU Yellow Jacket Band. Pictured are HPU’s Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma group members along with Corey Ash, director of bands and associate professor of music (second row, far right), and Dr. Robert Mangrum, group sponsor, university historian and professor of history and government (third row, far right).



HPU to host UIL speech and debate workshop for area schools

BROWNWOOD – October 7, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau, the university’s award-winning speech and debate team, will host a University Interscholastic League speech and debate workshop for area high schools. The workshop will take place on Thursday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center. The cost is $25 per student and coaches are admitted at no charge.

Workshops will be held for both novice and experienced competitors. Events will include prose, poetry, informative and persuasive extemporaneous speaking and Lincoln-Douglas and Cross-Examination debate. Experienced competitors are encouraged to bring competition pieces and cases. Students will receive experiential learning and coaching help from college competitors with innovative ideas, creative instruction and results-driven performance.

“We are pleased to be offering this annual speech and debate workshop for area schools,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication.
“We have an exceptional team of 14 forensic competitors on our HPU team this year and they have both the experience and expertise to help coach high school students.”

For registration and other details, please contact Dr. Julie Welker at

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HPU students advance at Rice University Speech and Debate Tournament

dsc_0418BROWNWOOD – October 7, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Rice University Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Rice University, in Houston. Two of HPU’s debate teams advanced to the partial-octofinal round at the tournament.

HPU students who advanced in competition include Braxton Clark, senior social science global studies major from Southlake; and Christopher Freeland, sophomore biochemistry and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Bangs; Reagan Grisham, junior communication major from Arlington; and Andrea Balderas, junior biology major from Lytle.

Students must have had a winning record in preliminary rounds to advance. Thirty-two teams from 21 participating schools competed at the tournament.

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

“For our first tournament of the year, this is a great accomplishment,” Dr. Welker said. “The tournament at Rice University always draws very competitive teams, so for HPU to advance two teams is quite an accomplishment.”

Students also competed in eight other speech events, including impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, poetry, prose, programmed oral interpretation, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and dramatic interpretation.

Freshman Erin Haley, communication major from Mason, said that her first collegiate speech tournament was a good learning experience.

“It was unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m excited to continue competing and developing my pieces,” said Haley.

Also competing at the tournament were Morgan Ashmore, senior communication major from Weatherford; Brooklyn Britton, freshman theatre major from Brownwood; Gabrielle McWhirter, senior theatre major from Brownwood; Madison Neal, freshman social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, sophomore social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; Aimee Orozco, junior communication major from Shepherd; Isabelle Stahrfisher, freshman communication major from Fort Worth; and Haylee Williams, freshman communication major from Bellville.

Sidni Kirby, instructor of communication, assisted by travelling with and coaching the team as well.


Photo cutline: Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau competed at Rice University recently with two teams advancing in competition. Pictured from left are: Dr. Julie Welker, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Aimee Orozco, Isabella Stahrfisher, Madison Neal, Christopher Freeland, Gabi McWhirter, Erin Haley, Brooklyn Britton, Isaac Sommers, Andrea Balderas, Haylee Williams, Reagan Grisham, Tyler Olin and Ms. Sidni Kirby.