News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU to present Homecoming theatre performances

homecoming_performance_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 10, 2012 – Howard Payne University will begin its theatrical season with the comedic musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Performances correspond with HPU’s Homecoming 2012 celebration, Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s theatre department and director/choreographer of the play, stated that “Forum” is one of her all-time favorite musicals.

“The songs are delightful and the story keeps you laughing all the way to the end,” she said.

“Forum” opened on Broadway in May of 1962. Humfeld says the musical is inspired by plays of the second century B.C. Roman playwright Plautus and is “gloriously free of serious moments.”

“The show’s action, dialogue, songs and dances are the essence of farce,” she said. “The single goal is to keep the audience laughing deliriously from the first note of the opening number, ‘Comedy Tonight,’ until the final curtain comes down.”

The original production was directed by George Abbott with choreography and musical staging by Jack Cole. Produced by Harold Prince, it ran for 964 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1963.

HPU cast members include Taylor Crow of Brownwood; Katie Dobson, a junior from Garland; Timmy Emery, a freshman from Brady; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Lindsey Jones, a junior from Georgetown; Lawrence Martinez, a freshman from Austin; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Elizabeth Oliver, a freshman from Snyder; Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; Judi Parten, a junior from Goldthwaite; Chris Phelps, a senior from Brownwood; Tiffani Peeples, a freshman from Eastland; Jared Russell, a sophomore from Hillsboro; Alexandra Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a freshman from Lolita; and Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, October 11-13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. Reservations may be made through the box office at (325) 649-8516 or tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: HPU students rehearse a scene from the university’s Homecoming performance, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

HPU music students to present concert Monday night

BROWNWOOD – October 5, 2012 – The public is invited to a special concert at Howard Payne University featuring eight of the university’s music students. The concert will be held, free of charge, on Monday, October 8 at 5 p.m., in the university’s Grace Chapel.

“The hour-long event is a recital of selected music majors performing on their respective instruments or voice,” said Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education. “It promises to be a rewarding musical experience. Everyone is invited to this important event.”

Performing will be Allen Andrus, a senior from Anson – alto saxophone; Kevin Baker, a senior from Brownwood – guitar; Johnathan Cox, a junior from Brownwood – euphonium; Katie Licce, a junior from Bertram – flute; Sarah Moreau, a sophomore from Fort Worth – voice; Alejandro Munoz, a sophomore from Mineral Wells – French horn; Jessica Nymoen, a junior from Aledo – piano; and Jesse Smith, a senior from Brownwood – voice.

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

HPU’s Jazz Ensemble to present fall concert

jazz_ensemble_for_webBROWNWOOD – September 28, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert October 4, at 7:30 p.m., in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome to attend.

The group, led by Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will present a variety of selections from composers such as John Carisi, Paul Lohorn, Andrew Neu, Astor Piazzolla and Billy Strayhorn. In addition, the Jazz Ensemble will play a piece titled “Latin Blue,” composed by Joseph Dunlap, a 2009 HPU graduate.

Dunlap, a native of Brownwood, is influenced by jazz musicians such as Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, and classical artists such as Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, P.I. Tchaikovsky and Philip Glass. While at HPU, his principal teacher was Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music. He went on to complete a Master of Music in Theory and Composition at Hardin-Simmons University in May 2012. Dunlap will perform at the concert with members of the Jazz Ensemble.

HPU’s Jazz Ensemble is composed of Kevin Baker, a senior from Brownwood, guitar; Christopher Burnett, a sophomore from Early, trumpet; Johnathan Cox, a junior from Brownwood, trombone; Joshua Farquharson, a freshman from Iowa Park, soprano and alto saxophone; Jonathan Grady, a senior from Goldthwaite, alto saxophone; Jamison Greenhaw, a freshman from Brownwood, baritone saxophone; Matthew Hazelwood, a freshman from Brownwood, trombone; Juan Hernandez, a sophomore from Brownwood, tenor saxophone; Micah Huebner, a sophomore from Brazoria, tenor saxophone; Megan Irwin, a sophomore from Brownwood, trumpet; Nicholas Johnson, a sophomore from Lockhart, trombone; Jose Lopez, a May 2012 graduate from Brownwood, drums; Tyler Matthews, a senior from Peaster, trombone; Jason Murphy, a freshman from Brownwood, trombone; Kristin Musgrove, a sophomore from Brownwood, trumpet; Dustin Rollings, a sophomore from Mineral Wells, trombone; Zacchaeus Steidel-Santiago, a freshman from San Antonio, bass; and Ethan Yeats, a sophomore from Big Spring, trumpet.

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 its fall concert on October 4.

HPU to host organ dedication ceremony

dr__limBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2012 – Dr. Yoon-Mi Lim will be the featured performer at a special organ dedication ceremony at Howard Payne University on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium and a reception will immediately follow. Admission is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Dr. Lim is associate professor of organ and holds the Albert L. Travis Chair of Organ in the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where she teaches courses in organ literature, organ pedagogy, service playing and applied organ. She also maintains an active schedule as a concert organist performing throughout the United States and overseas.

Originally from South Korea, Dr. Lim received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul and her Doctor of Music in organ performance and literature from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has been an active church musician from an early age as a singer in youth choirs, organist, pianist and director of both choral and handbell choirs. Dr. Lim has served churches and led their music programs in diverse capacities.

The organ, originally installed in the El Paso Symphony Hall approximately 30 years ago, was secured for HPU in 2003 by Dr. and Mrs. Burton Patterson of Colleyville. The organ has been completely refurbished through the Pattersons’ continued generosity.

Having served as a church organist for many years, Dr. Patterson has a great love for organ music and promotes the use of the organ, particularly in the worship of God. The Pattersons have been privileged to place organs, both pipe and electronic, in a number of colleges in the hope that the “King of Instruments” will lead students to learn to play the organ.

For more information about the ceremony, 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: Dr. Yoon-Mi Lim will perform at a special organ dedication ceremony at Howard Payne University.

HPU music professor spends summer teaching English in Southeast Asia

garretts_in_southeast_asia_for_web2BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music at Howard Payne University, spent two weeks in Southeast Asia this summer, teaching English to men and women who will, in turn, teach the language to local children.

Garrett and his wife, Tricia, traveled with the support of Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church and joined other Central Texas missionaries from churches in Glen Rose and Dublin. Once they arrived in Southeast Asia, they met with HPU graduates Tim (’08) and Molly (’09) Heinze, who are Coggin Avenue missionaries permanently stationed in a remote village there.

The group partnered with a local school to work with English teachers to improve their skills with the language.

“We did activities and asked them questions in English to help them feel more comfortable with the language,” Garrett said. “Many of the teachers were fluent but had not had the opportunity to practice with a native English speaker for more than 10 years.”

The Garretts had been told they might experience some resistance among the teachers, but found them to be very receptive to instruction.

“Though I couldn’t communicate in their native language, I didn’t find it hard to teach English,” Garrett said. “All of the teachers were willing to try the activities we had prepared.”

Garrett and his wife also spent four days in Beijing, China, visiting tourist sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Village and the Forbidden City at the Imperial Palace.

“It was my first time in China,” Garrett said. “It was a great experience – a lot of fun and very rewarding.”

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Photo cutline: Dr. Monte Garrett and his wife, Tricia, far left, joined other representatives from Texas to teach the English language to teachers in Southeast Asia.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program announces fall classes

BROWNWOOD – August 31, 2012 – The Pre-College Music and Art Program at Howard Payne University is hosting fall classes in music and art. Classes and lessons are available for both children and adults, and the registration deadline for the fall semester is Friday, September 7.

Music classes offered this fall include: Piano, Voice, Strings, Guitar, Band Instruments, Kindermusik and the new Kids’ Musical Theatre Chorus, “Stinger Singers.” Art classes include Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting.

“The Pre-College Music and Art Program at HPU is designed to serve Brownwood and the surrounding communities in providing music and art lessons to children and adults,” said Diane Owens, program director. “Our program fosters the love of music and art inherent in all students and seeks to develop these abilities in each individual. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope that your experiences will be fulfilling and rewarding.”

For more information about the program, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or via e-mail at dowens@hputx.edu. You may also contact Jill Holamon, administrative assistant in the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

Public invited to tomorrow’s memorial service for former HPU dean

BROWNWOOD – Aug. 24, 2012 – The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Dr. George Baker, former dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Music, tomorrow, August 25, at 2 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

george_bakerDr. Baker, who resided in Granbury, passed away Sunday, July 22, after a lengthy illness. He and his wife, Sara, who was an associate professor of music, retired from HPU in 1998. Along with Mrs. Baker, Dr. Baker served on the President’s Development Council at HPU.

“We hope you make plans to attend this remembrance and celebration of Dr. Baker’s life,” said Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music and fine arts and extended education at HPU. “Please remember also to keep his family and friends in your prayers during this time.”

There will be a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the George and Sara Baker Music Endowed Scholarship Fund at HPU.

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Photo cutline: HPU will hold a memorial service for Dr. George Baker, former dean of the School of Music.

HPU welcomes new faculty for fall 2012

BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2012 – Howard Payne University welcomes two new faculty members beginning this fall. David Harmon will serve as professor of art and chair of the art department and Dr. Shane Kendell will serve as assistant professor of chemistry.

new_faculty_fall_2012_for_webHarmon received his bachelor’s degree from Webster University and master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as associate professor of art, director of the Red Planes Art Gallery and temporary chair at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.; as professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.; and as the chair and associate professor of art at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind.

Kendell received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of New England at Armidale in Australia. He previously served at R.G. Cole High School in San Antonio and as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Northwest Vista College. He also taught freshman chemistry lab courses at Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition, Kendell had a chemistry lecturing appointment and served as a teaching assistant at the University of New England.

“These two gentlemen will make excellent additions to the faculty here at HPU,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Howard Payne University faculty members demonstrate the highest academic standards and we are confident Mr. Harmon and Dr. Kendell will help foster our students’ intellect while also guiding them to become Godly men and women.”

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Photo cutline: David Harmon, left, and Dr. Shane Kendell, recently joined the faculty at HPU

HPU dean publishes book on autism

BROWNWOOD – Aug. 7, 2012 – Though not a student or employee at Howard Payne University, Joel Tucker is widely recognized on campus. His father, Dr. Robert Tucker, serves as the dean of music and fine arts and extended education at HPU, and Joel is on campus often, visiting his father or stopping by Fambrough’s Grill and Eatery for a burger and Coke. Dr. Tucker recently wrote a book inspired by Joel, titled “Like a Crown: Adventures in Autism.”

like_a_crown_coverTucker’s book discusses the trials and joys of raising Joel, 22, autistic from birth. Tucker and his wife, Clairissa, have two other sons – Jacob, 25, and Jordan, 19.

A television reporter from Abilene was on campus recently to interview Dr. Tucker and Joel.

“My other children excelled academically, but Joel is gifted in his own way,” Tucker told the reporter. “Raising him was a different set of challenges, so that changed our family dynamic quite a bit.”

Dr. Tucker began chronicling his experiences, which eventually led to 49 chapters of anecdotes, advice, conversations with his son and more.

The chapters are of different lengths and can be read in any order. The book is intended for parents, educators, employers, community leaders and anyone else whose life might intersect with autism in some way.

Clairissa Tucker designed the book jacket, which features a photo of Joel when he was 14. The meaning of the title, “Like a Crown,” is revealed at the end of the book.rob_tucker

Dr. Tucker said that Joel does not fully grasp the concept of having a book written about him, but that his son did enjoy seeing himself on television.

Published by AuthorHouse, the book is available in paperback and hardcover as well as electronically, and can be purchased from Barnes and Noble, Buy.com, Amazon.com and Apple iBooks.

“‘Like a Crown’ is a delightful addition to Dr. Tucker’s record of scholarly contributions,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “In addition to this important work on autism, Dr. Tucker is a published composer, a sought-after music adjudicator and a frequent author in music education journals. I am proud of and appreciate his leadership as an educator, scholar and citizen.”

The Tuckers are available for workshops and presentations on Autism Spectrum Disorders. They hope their experiences will be beneficial to other families.

Writes Dr. Tucker, “We now recognize the blessing poured upon us in the form of this incredible boy – Joel. We did not deserve him, but he is ours just the same. For that we are lucky and thankful.”

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Photo cutline: Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music and fine arts and extended education at HPU, recently published his first book, “Like a Crown: Adventures in Autism.”

HPU students on campus to rehearse for Scotland performances

BROWNWOOD – July 27, 2012 – A group of theatre students from Howard Payne University are on campus this week, rehearsing Grimaldi: King of the Clowns, which they will perform in August at the International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

grimaldi_rehearsal_for_webThe group will present the play for local audiences at the HPU Theatre on Sunday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m., and Monday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door. Donations will also be accepted, and proceeds will go toward covering expenses for the trip.

For more information, call the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Rivers Shotwell, foreground, and (from left) Dorie Walton, Jarrod White and Jared Russell, rehearse a scene from Grimaldi: King of the Clowns.