News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

Scholarships awarded to four HPU pre-college music students

Pre-college NSF scholarship awards 2017BROWNWOOD – October 30, 2017 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were recently awarded scholarships at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland during the town’s RipFest. The scholarship awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts).

Students who received scholarships were Angie Calfa (16), a voice and piano student from Santa Anna; Christopher Ivy (7) and Kyle Ivy (13), piano students from Brownwood; and Sarah Ann Reeves (14), a piano and voice student from Bronwood. The four scholarship recipients are students of Diane Owens, director of HPU’s Pre-College Music Program.

“We are so honored that our young students received this recognition,” said Owens. “We are also thankful for the opportunities for study that the scholarships provide to these students.”

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.

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Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were recently awarded each a scholarship presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland. Pictured clockwise from left are Sarah Reeves, Kyle Ivy, Angie Calfa and Christopher Ivy.

HPU Concert Choir and Heritage Singers to present fall concert

BROWNWOOD – October 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers will present a fall concert next Thursday, November 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Titled “Abba’s Child: Longing for the True Self,” the concert will feature a selection of songs about finding oneself through a contemplative seeking of Christ as the core of one’s being. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father.”

“In each portion of the concert, we will traverse the darkness, call upon the name of the Lord and ultimately arrive with our Abba like a child at home,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

Songs in the first portion of the concert include “Lamentation of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Weep O Mine Eyes” by John Bennett, “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” by Paul Manz, “His Yoke is Easy” by G.F. Handel and “I Will Be A Child of Peace” by Elaine Hagenberg. The second portion includes “Daemon” by György Orbán, “O Vos Omnes” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, “Remembering” by Joan Szymko and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” by Mack Wilberg. The final portion of the concert includes “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Michael Tippett, “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder, “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” by Moses Hogan and “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee” by Craig Courtney.

Dr. Rosborough will conduct the program and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, will accompany the groups on piano. Abraham Cooper, senior from Early, will accompany the Heritage Singers on piano on one selection.

The mission of the HPU choral program is to “Change lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the unification of word and song.” For more information about the concert, call the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU’s Buitron to present senior recital this Thursday, October 26

BROWNWOOD – October 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dorian Buitron, a music instrumental all-level certification major from Floresville, will present a senior recital on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and there is no charge to attend. The public is invited and encouraged to come.

On clarinet, Buitron will perform “Opus 73 for Clarinet and Piano” by Robert Schumann, “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” by Leonard Bernstein and “Canzonetta for Clarinet and Piano” by Gabriel Pierne. Dean Kiesling of Brownwood will accompany Buitron on piano.

“We will showcase Miss Buitron’s artistry in Thursday evening’s presentation,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

HPU Student Speaker Bureau hosts British National Debate team

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BROWNWOOD – October 23, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently hosted members of the British National Debate team. While on campus, the British team squared off against two Student Speaker Bureau members in an exhibition debate and led workshops on international affairs and debate skills.

HPU juniors Christopher Freeland of Bangs and Tyler Olin of Howe debated against British team members Rebecca Howarth and Richard Hunter on the topic “This house regrets social media.” The teams debated using the parliamentary debate format.

“We debated using parliamentary debate format, which requires four debaters, as opposed to the British Parliamentary debate format, which is the preferred style of debate in most debates in higher education outside of the United States. BP debate requires eight debaters,” said Dr. Julie Welker, HPU professor of communication, chair of the Department of Communication and Student Speaker Bureau coach. “It was valuable for our students to get an opportunity to compete against two seasoned debaters who are very skilled.”

HPU students and personnel, as well as several community members including prospective students, attended the exhibition debate. While there were no official judges for the event, audience members were given the opportunity to express their opinions of the debaters’ persuasiveness.

“Before the debate, we asked audience members to decide if they were on the affirmative or opposition side of the topic,” Dr. Welker said. “We asked again following the debate and many had changed their opinions. Debate is a wonderful forum for increasing civil dialogue about controversial topics.”

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Cutlines: HPU junior Christopher Freeland, at podium, argues for the affirmative on the topic “This house regrets social media.”

Members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau recently debated members of the British National Debate team. Left to right: Christopher Freeland (Student Speaker Bureau), Tyler Olin (Student Speaker Bureau), Richard Hunter (British National Debate team) and Rebecca Howarth (British National Debate team).

“The Pirates of Penzance,” HPU’s Homecoming musical, opens Thursday evening

Pirates of Penzance dress rehearsalBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts held a dress rehearsal Monday evening for its Homecoming musical, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Performances are Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” a classic comedic operetta, is one of the most famed products of the theatrical partnership of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It follows the story of Frederic, a member of a band of pirates. It is quickly explained that when Frederic was young, his nurse mistakenly apprenticed him to a pirate rather than a pilot. Frederic announces his resolve to forsake the pirate life and work wholeheartedly to their extermination.

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Jayland Brown, freshman from Temple; Leland Brown, freshman from Euless; Kayla Chadwick, senior from Tulia; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Camila Cotter, junior from Garden Ridge; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Taylor Davis, sophomore from Alvin; Jarod Dowling, junior from Grandview; Christopher Freeland, junior from Bangs; Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin; Josiah Hughes, sophomore from Katy; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Victoria Malone, senior from Fort Worth; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Ryan Miles, sophomore from Goldthwaite; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Ashleigh Moss, junior from Alvarado; Sadie Perez, freshman from Brownwood; Brendyn Porter, junior from Red Oak; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; Andi Rosenquist, freshman from Brownwood; Penny Stehlik, sophomore from Round Rock; Natalie Stephens, senior from Alvarado; Izzy Vela, freshman from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, serves as the production’s artistic director. The production team includes Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as musical director; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, as choreographer; Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, as set/technical designer; Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, as concert master; and Deejay Moses, junior from May, as stage manager.

For more information about “The Pirates of Penzance,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students recently performed in a dress rehearsal for the university’s Homecoming production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association exhibit through October 27

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2017 – While on the Howard Payne University campus for Homecoming 2017 celebrations this weekend, the community is encouraged to stop by the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. There, the Department of Art is hosting an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2” through Friday, October 27.

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.

Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend, October 20-21, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 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.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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

HPU Student Speaker Bureau members named tournament semifinalists

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau recently competed at The Storm Classic speech and debate tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University with one debate team advancing to the semifinal round.

The debate team of Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, junior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were semifinalists, beating teams from Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma and others.

“This first tournament of the year was a very difficult one, with many large schools from the Midwest,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication, professor of communication and Student Speaker Bureau coach. “For HPU to be in the top four teams of the tournament was a great accomplishment by these two young men.”

Freeland also advanced to semifinals in impromptu speaking.

Other team members who competed in the tournament were Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; 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; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted with the team.

The team’s next event will be hosting the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate this Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau were named semifinalists at a recent tournament. 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.

HPU to present Homecoming musical “The Pirates of Penzance”

Pirates of Penzance logoBROWNWOOD – October 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming 2017 celebrations. Performances are Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming or at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” a classic comedic operetta, is one of the most famed products of the theatrical partnership of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It follows the story of Frederic, a member of a band of pirates. It is quickly explained that when Frederic was young, his nurse mistakenly apprenticed him to a pirate rather than a pilot. Frederic announces his resolve to forsake the pirate life and work wholeheartedly to their extermination.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, serves as the production’s artistic director.

“‘The Pirates of Penzance’ is a well-known and much-loved show that allows the audience to enjoy the humor of opera while keeping it well within the grasp of general audiences,” she said. “Our cast, orchestra and crew have spent weeks rehearsing to put on a great show suitable for the whole family.”

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Jayland Brown, freshman from Temple; Leland Brown, freshman from Euless; Kayla Chadwick, senior from Tulia; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Camila Cotter, junior from Garden Ridge; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Taylor Davis, sophomore from Alvin; Jarod Dowling, junior from Grandview; Christopher Freeland, junior from Bangs; Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin; Josiah Hughes, sophomore from Katy; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Victoria Malone, senior from Fort Worth; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Ryan Miles, sophomore from Goldthwaite; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Ashleigh Moss, junior from Alvarado; Sadie Perez, freshman from Brownwood; Brendyn Porter, junior from Red Oak; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; Andi Rosenquist, freshman from Brownwood; Penny Stehlik, sophomore from Round Rock; Natalie Stephens, senior from Alvarado; Izzy Vela, freshman from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

In addition to Dr. Celeste Church, crew members include Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as musical director; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, as choreographer; Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, as set/technical designer; and Deejay Moses, junior from May, as stage manager.

For more information about “The Pirates of Penzance,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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HPU invites choir alumni to participate in Homecoming choir concert

Alumni_Choir_LogoBROWNWOOD – October 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Homecoming choir concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. All HPU alumni choristers are invited to participate in the program.

During the concert, the alumni choir will present one special piece and then join the HPU Concert Choir for “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by Tom Fettke. Rehearsal for this special concert will take place Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Alumni who are interested in participating will be provided music and more information upon registration.

“The choir concert is an incredible visual and aural representation of the musical heritage of HPU’s choral program, and we look forward to seeing different generations joining in song,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, register at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and follow the prompts to sign up for the HPU Alumni Choir.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts invites all HPU alumni choristers to take part in the Homecoming choir concert on October 21.

HPU theatre to present “The American Dame”

BROWNWOOD – October 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre will present “The American Dame” by Philip C. Lewis this weekend at the HPU Theatre, 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood. Show times are Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Admission is free for all HPU students as well as for HPU personnel and their families.

The performances will be presented in a unique format called a “playout.”

“This is a style of theatre in which you announce a theme and then play it out,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s Department of Theatre and professor of theatre. “This play’s theme is the progression of women from creation to about 1963 when the play was written.”

Styled in a series of narration and vignettes, the play includes verbatim content from historical documents such as letters between John and Abigail Adams, portions of a sermon by Cotton Mather and the works of William Shakespeare and other theatrical writers.

“This has been an interesting experience for our millennial-age actors, many of whom have no first-hand knowledge about the ideas they are performing,” said Dr. Humfeld.

Performers are Brooklyn Britton, sophomore from Brownwood; Trey Carpenter, senior from Hamilton; Katie Cravey, sophomore from Huntsville; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, freshman from Hico; Caleb Kostreva, junior from Clifton, Colorado; Deejay Moses, junior from May; and Laurel Pinkney, freshman from Carrollton. Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro, is stage manager and Shannon Parrish, senior from Brownwood, is the sound designer.

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