News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s production of “Stealing Home” to open Christian University Theatre Festival

stealing_home_for_webBROWNWOOD – February 28, 2013 – The Howard Payne University Department of Theatre will present its first spring production, “Stealing Home,” in several performances Thursday, Feb. 28, through Monday, March 4. The final performance of the show will open the Christian University Theatre Festival, held March 4-6, in which HPU will host acting companies from Hardin-Simmons University, Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist University.

The Christian University Theatre Festival was created approximately 20 years ago by the theatre directors from HPU, Hardin-Simmons and Wayland Baptist as a means to come together to share their art and love of theatre in a Christian setting.

“Our students forge friendships which begin at CUTF and last for many years,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, head of the HPU theatre department. “As professors and students, it is fun to see the same folks in different roles through the years of attending CUTF.”

“Stealing Home” is a comedy about two thieves, Cecil and Pug, who get more than anticipated when they accidentally break into a funeral home. Cast members include Gabi Guest, a sophomore from Midlothian; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Brittany Martin, a sophomore from Goldthwaite; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Jared Russell, a junior from Hillsboro; Phoenix Solis, a senior from Brownwood; Alex Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a sophomore from Lolita; Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler; and Kelsan Wolverton, a sophomore from Lampasas.

Performances of “Stealing Home” will be February 28, March 1, March 2 and March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Wayland Baptist University will present its production of David Mamet’s “The Water Engine” on Tuesday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. Lubbock Christian University’s production of “Shadowlands,” the story of C.S. Lewis and his marriage to Joy Davidman Gresham, will be Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. The final performance will be Hardin-Simmons’ production of “Red,” a story about artist Mark Rothko, Wednesday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m.

All performances will be at the HPU Theatre. Tickets for CUTF shows are $5.00 per show, with the exception of HPU’s performance of “Stealing Home” which will be free to HPU faculty, staff and students.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (325) 649-8516.

“We encourage everyone to join us for these wonderful plays that encompass a broad range of theatre genres,” Humfeld said. “What a treat to be able to see four plays in little more than 48 hours! The quality of the shows is always stellar and it is nice to know that they will all be true to our university’s Christian mission.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students Jarrod White (left) and Tucker Hull rehearse a scene from “Stealing Home.” Photo by Katie Mullaney, HPU junior.

HPU to present a “Night at the Movies” musical event

BROWNWOOD – January 31, 2013 – The community is invited to join the fun as faculty from Howard Payne University’s Department of Music present a “Night at the Movies” concert Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, and a popcorn reception will immediately follow the event.

Members of HPU’s music faculty will perform selections from movies and Broadway musicals such as Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, Modern Times, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more.

“We’re excited about our Night at the Movies concert because these songs are easily recognizable and really loved,” said Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education. “We think the audience is going to have a lot of fun as we perform these numbers.”

Performers will include Tucker; Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Monte Garrett, associate professor of music and director of choral activities; Danny Ingram, instructor of music and low brass; and Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

HPU’s Heritage Singers to present Service of Lessons and Carols

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2012 – A Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented by Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at St. John’s Church in Brownwood. The event is free and open to the public.

Through scripture readings and music, the service reflects on the wonder and mystery of the birth of Jesus. The scriptures will be read by members of HPU’s faculty and staff.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, has broadcast annually, even during the Second World War, when the ancient glass had been removed from the Chapel.

The university’s Heritage Singers is under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, director of choral activities at HPU, and accompanied by organist Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music.

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

HPU art exhibit open through December 5

harmon_art_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 26, 2012 – There are still opportunities to view the works of David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Howard Payne University. The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. Harmon’s work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

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

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5.

HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir to present Christmas Celebration

BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas Celebration concert on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation. All of the items collected will go to Brownwood’s Good Samaritan Ministries to aid those in need this winter and holiday season.

“The musical selections are sure to get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “You won’t want to miss this musical holiday experience.”

The program’s selections will include “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “Jingle Bells” by Naohiro Iwai, the “Carol of the Drum” arranged by Floyd Werle, “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” by Claude T. Smith, and many more.

Following the concert will be a reception in the band rehearsal hall of the Davidson Music Complex, with music provided by the HPU Student Brass Quintet.

“We hope to see you there,” said Ash. “But, if not, may your holiday season be filled with the joy of family and friends. Most especially, may you know the joy of the greatest holiday gift of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!”

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HPU’s Tau Beta Sigma to host fundraiser Christmas dinner

BROWNWOOD – November 19, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national honorary band sorority, will host a Christmas dinner on Tuesday, November 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Brownwood. A minimum $5 donation is requested and proceeds will go toward the purchase of new uniforms for the HPU Yellow Jacket Band.

The dinner will consist of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinks will be provided by Chicken Express.

Following the event, HPU will host a concert by the University Singers at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel, and Christmas on the Plaza at 8 p.m. at Old Main Tower.

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 jholamon@hputx.edu.

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HPU’s Concert Choir to present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America”

hpu_concert_choir_-_2011-12_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 12, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America,” on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The patriotic concert will include songs with texts by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Phillis Wheatley as well as pieces by William Billings, who is considered the “Father of American Choral Music.”

In addition, the choir’s premiere performance piece was composed by HPU’s Dr. Elisabeth Greene, adjunct instructor of music. The composition is based on a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, former U.S. President John Adams.

“These students have been working hard to bring the HPU community a fantastic collection of music based on the writings of the American Revolution,” said Dr. Monte Garrett, associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir will present a special performance of words and music inspired by Revolutionary America.

HPU’s Jazz Ensemble to present “The Very Best of Times”

jazz_ensemble_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 9, 2012 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a special concert Thursday evening, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. with the theme: “The Very Best of Times.” The concert, open to the public and free of charge, will take place in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

The program will open with the 2011 big band composition “The Very Best of Times” by Hollywood composer Gordon Goodwin. Following will be a collection of Christmas Carols and Christmas songs in a big band setting including “Hot Chocolate,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Yo Tannenbaum!,” a selection from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Special guests on the program will be HPU’s Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett. Heritage Singers will perform “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me” accompanied by the Jazz Ensemble in addition to other vocal jazz selections.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Jazz Ensemble will present a special concert Thursday evening.

HPU exhibits work of new art professor, department chair

harmon_art_for_webBy Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – October 29, 2012 – Howard Payne University will host a reception and viewing of paintings by David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center on November 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will also be a lecture by Harmon from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the art center. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend both the reception and the lecture.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

“It is our hope that the community will take this opportunity to view Mr. Harmon’s work and get to know an outstanding new addition to the HPU faculty,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5. Photo by Rachel Ellington, HPU freshman.

HPU’s Winds of Triumph bring London experiences back to the classroom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABROWNWOOD – October 25, 2012 – Howard Payne University is known for providing unique educational experiences, but quite a few people on campus are still in awe of one such opportunity presented to students this summer. One of the most discussed events of the summer, the 2012 Olympic Games, was held in London and HPU students not only were in attendance – they were on stage.

Winds of Triumph, HPU’s highly lauded instrumental ensemble comprised of 13 students and recent graduates, was invited by the Greater London Authority to play in a number of venues throughout London in conjunction with the Olympic Games. HPU was one of only four university musical groups invited to perform.

“The students were selected to represent Howard Payne University, the state of Texas and the United States of America as musical ambassadors at the Olympic Games,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of Winds of Triumph.

Though a few months have passed since the performances, the memories are still fresh. Before arriving in London, the group traveled to Paris to play the Arène de Montmartre.

“In both Paris and London the students received standing ovations and had requests for multiple encores,” he said. “We were told that people in London were very reserved and never asked for encores. But they did for our group.”

The students were strengthened and encouraged by the audiences.

“We were the smallest group performing,” said Allen Andrus, a senior from Anson. “We were worried about how we would sound against the bigger bands in an audience situation. But the crowd was very responsive, very receptive. We were playing spiritual pieces and I could see people mouthing the words.”

London venues included Exhibition Road, Victoria Park and Olympic Park.

“The most memorable moment of the trip for me was at Victoria Park,” said Tyler Cooper, a senior from Brownwood. “It was a very special performance because it had been raining all day and it seemed like it was never going to stop. As soon as we played the first note, the rain stopped completely.”

According to Cooper, the group played the entire set without a drop of rain. When they played the last chord, the rain returned.

Said Goacher, “We really felt like God was caring for us and looking out for us. All of our needs were met.”

When they arrived at Olympic Park, the group was treated to a unique performing experience.

“We had the opportunity to play in the world’s first inflatable acoustic shell,” Goacher said. “Our ensemble fit perfectly in the shell. Though no microphones were used, our music could be heard throughout Olympic Park as if there were theater speakers right next to the ears of each member of the audience.”

By the time of their second performance at Olympic Park, word about Winds of Triumph had spread.

“Entire groups of Olympic Park workers took their break during our performance and came just to hear our band,” Goacher said. “It was a wonderful reception for our students.”

Goacher described a photo taken at that particular performance.

“People of every nation, every color, every land, every tribe were all seated on the grounds of the park listening to the music,” he said. “The music we played was to the glory of God and presented in an upbeat style with pleasant harmonies. The people were just drawn to it. Maybe that’s a scene of Heaven. The weather was perfect and people from every nation were gathered in a beautiful outdoor spot listening to the music that praises God.”

Goacher and the students expressed appreciation to the many people who made the trip possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Obviously when you undertake something like this, it is fantastically expensive,” Goacher said. “Everyone shouldered the expense. We found we were greatly blessed and greatly supported by donors. The response was wonderful. In fact, it was overwhelming. We more than met our goal for fundraising.”

Tyler Matthews, a senior from Peaster, expressed appreciation on behalf of the students.
“As a group, we want to thank our faithful fans and new fans we received along the way,” he said. “Winds of Triumph would not be the experience it is for us if were not able to provide the music for them. Above all, I want to thank God because without Him this would not have happened.”

According to Goacher, the students proved to everyone, including themselves, that they are capable of great feats.

“What our students learned back in the classrooms and rehearsal halls in Brownwood, Texas, was still relevant on the world stage.”

In addition to Andrus, Cooper and Matthews, other performers on the trip included Elizabeth Bates, a May 2011 graduate from Austin; Christopher Burnett, a sophomore from Early; Mercedes Cardenas, a junior from Brownwood; Kimberly Collins, an August 2012 graduate from Bay City; Talitha Cook, a May 2012 graduate from Howe; Taylor Cook, a junior from Howe; Megan Irwin, a sophomore from Brownwood; Grant Newman, a senior from Springtown; Ethan Yeats, a sophomore from Big Spring; and Kyle Ziegler, a senior from Brownwood. Sponsors included Doris Goacher and Kevin and Jill Holamon.

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Photo cutlines: Audiences gather to watch HPU’s Winds of Triumph perform at Olympic Park in London.

Winds of Triumph perform onstage at Exhibition Road in London.