News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU celebrates restoration of Steinway piano

Steinway dedication 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2015 – Amid the flurried activity during Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2015 festivities, a group of people assembled in the choral hall of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex to celebrate friendship, music and a very special piano.

The university hosted a rededication of one of its Steinway pianos in conjunction with the Department of Music’s Homecoming reunion. The Steinway & Sons Model D, also known as the “Concert Grand” piano, was originally donated to the university in 1968 by the late Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Eddie Trussell, 1929 Howard Payne graduates. The 9-foot long, 990-pound piano was used for decades before falling into disrepair.

“Fortunately, Steinway pianos have wonderfully long lifespans,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady. “We knew the piano was crafted in such a way that it could be restored rather than replaced.”

Dr. Ellis, along with award-winning Christian artist and HPU alumna Dr. Cynthia Clawson Courtney, co-chairs HPU’s campaign to become a prestigious “All-Steinway School.”

“Steinway & Sons flawless reputation, quality and long lifespan of its instruments will provide outstanding service and performance for our students and faculty for many decades to come,” said Dr. Ellis.

Pattersons for webDr. Burton and Mrs. Virginia Patterson, who have given faithfully to HPU for a number of years, learned of the restoration needs for the grand piano. Dallas Steinway artisan and technician Mr. Steve Claunch fully restored the instrument to its original grandeur. The Pattersons and their family foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of Christianity, graciously funded this restoration in memory and honor of Frank and Pauline Patterson, missionaries to Latin America (1938-1972). Dr. and Mrs. Patterson additionally have an HPU endowed scholarship in their name and donated the organs located in the university’s Mims Auditorium and Grace Chapel.

“The Pattersons have hearts for restoring musical instruments and for Baptist causes,” said Randy Yeakley, HPU’s vice president for development. “We’re very grateful for their love of music, their dedication to HPU and their continued generosity.”

The Trussells’ daughter, the late Lucile McDaniel, graduated from Howard Payne in 1944. Her husband, the late Bill McDaniel, was also a 1944 graduate. Their three children attended HPU and were present at the rededication: Sophia (McDaniel) Faulkner ’70, B.J. McDaniel ’77 and Ruth (McDaniel) Thames ’68. Also present were Steve Faulkner (Sophia’s husband and 1972 HPU graduate), Kristen Ivy (Sophia’s daughter and 2001 HPU graduate), Craig Ivy (Kristen’s son), Julie Ivy (Kristen’s daughter) and Roxanne McDaniel (B.J.’s wife).

“Looking at the piano now, you would not believe it was donated to Howard Payne almost 50 years ago,” said Dr. Ellis. “That’s what makes Steinway pianos the very best. We’re so thankful for the Trussells’ generosity and their gift that still benefits our students today.”

For more information about HPU’s All-Steinway School campaign, visit www.hputx.edu/steinway or call HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

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Photo cutlines: Members of the family that donated a Steinway piano to HPU in 1968, as well as HPU faculty and staff members, gather around the piano. Left to right: B.J. McDaniel; Roxanne McDaniel; Ruth Thames; Steve Faulkner; Sophia Faulkner; Julie Ivy; Kristen Ivy; Craig Ivy; Randy Yeakley, vice president for development; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music.

Dr. Burton and Mrs. Virginia Patterson and their family foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of Christianity, funded the restoration of the piano.

HPU’s Farquharson and Johnson to perform senior recital

Josh Farquharson

BROWNWOOD – November 2, 2015 –Howard Payne University students Josh Farquharson and Ruby Johnson will present a senior recital on Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m. The recital will be in the university’s Grace Chapel. Farquharson, a music major from Wichita Falls, will perform on the alto saxophone. Johnson, a music education major from Alvarado, will perform on the clarinet. Both Farquharson and Johnson are students from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU.

“These seniors close four years’ intensive study with the time-honored tradition of a Debut Recital – an ending and a beginning,” said Goacher. “We are proud to present these students in concert.”

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.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Josh Farquharson and Ruby Johnson will perform a senior recital on November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Ruby Johnson

HPU to present “Godspell” musical during Homecoming 2015

By Christy Ash, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – October 13, 2015 – Howard Payne University will present the musical Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz, in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming 2015 festivities. The showings will be October 15, 16 and 17, beginning at 8:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for HPU students and children under 13.

Godspell portrays Jesus’ followers as they experience His parables through a variety of games, storytelling and comedy. The show uses musical styles that range from pop to vaudeville.

Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, serves as director of the musical.

“I’m sure the fun and games in this show are not exactly the dynamic between Jesus and His disciples, but there must have been more of that than we realize between these dear friends who traveled together during Jesus’ ministry on earth,” she said. “Jesus invested His life in teaching the disciples what it means to love and care for others. He did it in ways they could understand – parables.”

Cast members include Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; Brett Ellis, senior from Brownwood; Timothy Emery, junior from Brownwood; Marissa Godbey, sophomore from Austin; Josiah Horton, senior from Lockhart; Isaac Howell, junior from Georgetown; Victoria Malone, junior from Fort Worth; Brittany Martin, senior from Goldthwaite; Danielle Strickland, sophomore from Boerne; and Elizabeth Wallace, senior from Snyder. Nick Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, serves as technical director and Bryce McWhirter, sophomore from Pflugerville, serves as stage manager.

Band members are Joseph Dunlap, adjunct instructor of music; Jonathan Grady, 2014 HPU graduate; Angel Hernandez, junior from Brownwood; Micah Huebner, senior from Brazoria; Drew Lambert, senior from Brownwood; Dillon Phillips, music consultant; and Garrett Ratliff, sophomore from Cherokee.

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Photo cutline: HPU will present the musical Godspell during Homecoming 2015. Dress rehearsal photo by Christy Ash, HPU junior.

HPU Concert Choir to preview fall concert at Homecoming

hc choir 2014 for webBy Amy Pitman, HPU communications assistant

BROWNWOOD – October 8, 2015 – The Howard Payne University Concert Choir will perform a brief preview of the group’s fall concert as part of HPU’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 17, 11:00-11:30 a.m. The concert will be held in Grace Chapel in the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus. The HPU Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities.

Selections to be performed include “Sing a Mighty Song,” by Daniel Gawthrop; “Esto Les Digo,” by Kinley Lange, a former HPU student; “Psalm 23” by Paul Basler, featuring sophomore Carissa Cromer, playing French horn; “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, arranged by Harry Simeone; and “The Storm is Passing Over,” arranged by Larry Nickel. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, is the accompanist for the choir.

The HPU Heritage Singers, also under Dr. Garrett’s direction, will also perform one piece, “Seasons of Love,” from the musical Rent. The accompanist for the Heritage Singers is Joseph Dunlap, adjunct instructor of music. As is HPU custom, the concert will end with alumni and former choir members joining the current choir to sing “Send Me, O Lord, Send Me.”

“The choir’s Homecoming concert is a great opportunity for us to give a preview of our fall concert,” says Dr. Garrett. “We are always grateful for the support we receive from the HPU family.”

The public is encouraged to attend this concert, 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: The HPU Concert Choir is pictured during Homecoming 2014 at Grace Chapel.

Student Speaker Bureau reps HPU at Colorado tournament

SSB Fall 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – October 8, 2015 – Howard Payne’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at Colorado State University-Pueblo in Parliamentary debate and British Parliamentary debate, as well as in individual events. The competition was cohosted by the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College. Twenty-three schools from 14 states competed.

Christopher Freeland of Brownwood, Reagan Grisham of Arlington, Nashota Isbell of Brownwood and Aimee Orozco of Shepherd engaged in Parliamentary debate.

“This was the first time for these four students to compete in Parliamentary debate,” said Dr. Julie Welker, SSB coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “It’s always overwhelming competing in six debate rounds in one day – and these students improved significantly during the tournament.”

Braxton Clark of Southlake, Ashley Moon of Waxahachie, Luis Ortiz of Early and Morgan Ashmore of Weatherford competed in British Parliamentary debate.

“British Parliamentary debate focuses on international issues and policies,” explained Dr. Welker. “These students debated topics ranging from the EU refugee crisis to gender issues to university accreditation issues.”

In November, these four students will travel to Oxford University to participate in the Oxford IV, the world’s third-largest debate tournament.

Receiving awards were Christopher Freeland, 5th place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and 1st place in Novice Prose; Reagan Grisham and Christopher Freeland, 5th in Dramatic Duo; and Aimee Orozco, 6th place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking.

Students also enjoyed sightseeing at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

The HPU speech and debate team will next compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Tournament Fall Championships in Corpus Christi, Nov. 6-7.

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Photo cutline: The Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s speech and debate team, recently competed at Colorado State University-Pueblo. They are pictured on the HPU campus. Left to right: Christopher Freeland, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Reagan Grisham, Luis Ortiz, Ashley Moon, Dr. Julie Welker, Aimee Orozco and Nashota Isbell.

HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker speaks on developing global citizens

Dr. Julie Welker and Wayne Kraemer for webBROWNWOOD – October 6, 2015 – Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication at Howard Payne University, recently spoke at the 90th annual Texas Speech Communication Association conference on the panel “Hosting and Attending International Debates to Develop Global Citizens.” The conference was held in Irving.

Dr. Welker’s topic was “Developing Intercultural Critical Thinkers: Using Academic Debate to Explore Culture” and highlighted HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team. The Student Speaker Bureau competes in several events each year, including a competition in Oxford, England, the third-largest debate tournament in the world.

Also attending the conference from HPU was Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication. Dr. Welker’s co-presenter was Wayne Kraemer, director of forensics at Texas State University, whose topic was “How to Build a Bridge: Beginning an International Debate Partnership.”

Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, said he highly values Dr. Welker’s leadership of the Student Speaker Bureau as a distinctive feature of the programs within the Department of Communication and her commitment to developing intercultural critical thinkers among her students at HPU.

“I applaud Dr. Welker’s academic accomplishments as well as those of her students,” he said.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker, right, recently spoke at the 90th annual Texas Speech Communication Association conference. She is pictured with co-presenter Wayne Kraemer.

Works by HPU art faculty on exhibit during Homecoming 2015

BROWNWOOD – October 6, 2015 – Works by Howard Payne University’s art faculty will be on exhibit during HPU’s 2015 Homecoming celebrations, October 16-17. The exhibit, titled “Artists in Action,” is housed in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

The artists include David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography. The works feature collage, drawing, ink, painting, pastel and various photographic techniques.

David Harmon said he welcomes art alumni, and all other art enthusiasts, to the exhibit.

“We look forward to seeing former students and meeting new friends during the Homecoming festivities,” he said.

The gallery will be open for special Homecoming hours Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 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.

A complete list of Homecoming 2015 events is available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Photo cutline: Works by HPU’s art faculty, including “Self Portrait – Imagined” by David Harmon, will be on display during Homecoming 2015. Photo by Rachel Ellington, HPU senior.

“Artists in Action” exhibition to showcase works of HPU art faculty

Artists in Action poster for webBROWNWOOD – August 28, 2015 – Works by Howard Payne University’s art faculty will be on exhibit in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center September 11 through October 18.

Titled “Artists in Action,” the exhibition features collage, drawing, ink, painting, pastel and various photographic techniques.

The artists include David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography.

“We’re proud to welcome the community to this exhibition as we kick off the new semester at HPU,” said David Harmon.

David and Susan Harmon are also scheduled to exhibit paintings throughout the month of September at the Abilene Center for the Arts. Additionally, David Harmon will participate in an exhibition titled “40@100,” celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Harmon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Webster in 1977.

HPU’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday 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.

HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority named top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in nation

Tau Beta Sigma fall 2015 for webBy Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – August 27, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Delta Upsilon chapter of the national Tau Beta Sigma sorority recently received the Grace and A. Frank Martin Outstanding Chapter Award at the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, making it the top chapter in the nation.

Several members of Delta Upsilon and its brother chapter, Zeta Beta, traveled to Lexington for the conference in August after both chapters were selected as finalists during the spring semester.

“I am so proud to be a part of Tau Beta Sigma and have an opportunity to serve with and be around such amazing people,” said Ruby Johnson, president of the HPU chapter. “This organization has taught me to pursue excellence and strive to become great.”

Delta Upsilon competed against chapters from the University of Arkansas, the University of Massachusetts, the University of California, Los Angeles, Georgia Tech University, the University of Missouri, Auburn University and the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

“This award is very difficult to earn, so we’re proud that an organization from Howard Payne was able to do so,” said Johnson.

Zeta Beta competed against chapters from institutions such as the University of Michigan, Kansas State University and the University of Washington.

“Our brothers have been an integral part of our organization and we would not have been able to receive this award without their love, support and dedication for music to flourish,” said Johnson.
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Photo cutline: HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority was recently named the top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in the nation.

Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 12, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program, part of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves the community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults.

Music lessons, which begin the week of September 7, will include instruction in piano, voice, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons begin the week of September 14 and include beginning and intermediate drawing and painting.

“Fine art education is very important for both young students and adults,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

For more information, contact Owens at dowens@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at jholamon@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8500.