News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir to present concert tours

BROWNWOOD – March 31, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will each tour select schools and churches in western and central Texas in April. The band will travel Sunday, April 3, through Tuesday, April 5, on its spring concert tour and the choir will travel Friday, April 8, through Monday, April 11.

“We are always excited to be able to take the name of Howard Payne University and our Lord Jesus on tour through the musical talent of our students,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “We get to connect with prospective students, friends and HPU alumni, and we are proud to get to represent the university in this way.”

The band will present concerts at First Baptist Church in Brady, Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church in Temple, Llano High School, Burnet High School and Gatesville High School. Musical selections will include works by composers Frank Ticheli, Alfred Reed, James Swearingen and Camp Kirkland, as well as “Jesus Loves Me, It is Well” by Gene Currie.

“Music is the universal language,” said Ash. “It’s a blessing to be able to share it everywhere we go.”

This year’s tour will take the Concert Choir to Ballinger High School, Colonial Baptist Church in Snyder, Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, First Baptist Church in Stanton and Trinity Christian School in Midland. The program for the choir tour, titled “Lord, I Believe…,” will include works by Mary MacDonald, Thomas Tallis, Larry Shackley and Morton Lauridsen as well as spiritual arrangements by Jester Hairston, William L. Dawson and the team of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. Additionally, the choir will sing a number of compositions by Sir John Rutter including movements from his famous “Requiem.”

According to Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music and director and conductor of the Concert Choir, the concert is loosely based on the five sections of the Catholic Mass: “Kyrie,” “Gloria,” “Credo,” “Sanctus” and “Agnus Dei.”

“We are looking forward to the tour very much,” he said. “These types of choir tours accomplish a number of goals such as recruiting for the university and the music department, connecting with alumni and friends around the state and sharing wonderful music.”

On tour with the Concert Choir will be the Heritage Singers, conducted and directed by Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

After the groups return, a final choir tour concert will be presented on Tuesday, April 12, at First Baptist Church in Brownwood. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.

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

HPU music faculty to present recital

BROWNWOOD – March 28, 2016 – Three of Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts faculty will present a recital Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. The recital is free to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

“Everyone is welcome to come enjoy this wonderful evening of music,” said Kevin Winter, new adjunct instructor of French horn. “Selections will include works by Schubert, Francaix, Davies and Britten.”

In addition to Winter, faculty members performing include Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, and Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music. Dr. Wallace will perform on the piano, Dr. Church will sing tenor and Winter will perform on the French horn.

“Mr. Winter is a welcome new addition to our faculty as he brings an extremely refined level of artistic performance to his work in the studio and on stage,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music. “Hearing him perform with Dr. Wallace and Dr. Church on our campus is a wonderful opportunity for our community to hear music-making of the highest order.”

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

HPU exhibiting works of senior art students

student art exhibitionBROWNWOOD – March 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University is exhibiting the artwork of three senior art students today through March 31. The artwork of Molly Hull of Brownwood, Cantrell Miller of Rochelle and Emily Peisker of Cedar Park is on exhibit in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The three students are scheduled to graduate in May.

A reception honoring the artists will be held this Wednesday, March 23, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the gallery foyer. The community is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

Each student’s works of art are original artistic statements based upon topics as directed by HPU’s art faculty members including David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography; and Tim Cooper, instructor of multimedia communications and computer information systems.

“The faith and devotion to their artist crafts is evidenced in this three-person exhibition,” said David Harmon. “All three artists have been insightful students, not settling for easy solutions but compelling creative ones resulting in this fine exhibition.”

The art media includes drawing, painting, design, photography, graphic design and other studio art areas.

Gallery hours during school sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Howard Payne University and the gallery will be closed for Good Friday, March 25. The art center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at (325) 649-8088 or


Photo cutline: The artwork of three graduating HPU seniors is on exhibit at the university’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the Doakie Day Art Center.

HPU to host the Assembly Quartet in concert

BROWNWOOD – March 3, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will host the Assembly Quartet, a professional chamber music ensemble of saxophones, in concert on Monday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Assembly Quartet was originally formed in 2003 by graduate students from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Its mission is to promote music education and expand the enjoyment of music for people of all ages. The quartet, now based in Mississippi, is a versatile ensemble that plays a variety of music styles from orchestral pops to virtuosic avant-garde.

“The HPU School of Music and Fine Arts is excited to host this wonderful ensemble,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “We are proud to be able to offer this concert free of charge to all of our students as well as the community at large.”

For more information about the Assembly Quartet, visit or contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU theatre producing “Inventing Montana”

Inventing Montana for webBROWNWOOD – February 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre is producing “Inventing Montana,” a play by Jeanne Murray Walker. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25, through Saturday, February 27, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28. The HPU Theatre is located at 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood.

A comedy, “Inventing Montana” tells the story of Montana Winfield, a university professor and Dickens scholar. A young lady comes to his home to bring him an unpublished Dickens manuscript hoping he will read it and authenticate it. As he reads the manuscript, the Dickens characters arrive and tell their story. Montana’s story alternates with scenes from the Dickens novel, invented by the playwright.

“The interspersing of the modern-day characters and the Dickens characters provides an intriguing evening’s entertainment,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre.

Following the run in Brownwood, the theatre department will tour the show to the Christian University Theatre Festival, to be held this year at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview March 2-4.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. They are available for purchase on the evenings of the performances. Admission is free for HPU faculty, staff and students. For more information, call HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


Photo cutline: Bryce McWhirter (Montana Winfield), sophomore from Pflugerville, and Hailey Green (Margaret), sophomore from Kennedale, rehearse a scene from “Inventing Montana.”

HPU debaters win big at home tournament

SSB at HPU for webBROWNWOOD – February 23, 2016 – Howard Payne University debaters Braxton Clark, junior from Southlake, and Isaac Sommers, junior from Boerne, won the open parliamentary debate division at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament held at Howard Payne University February 5-7. HPU hosted and competed against 22 teams from 16 colleges and universities.

Clark was named to the Texas All-State Forensics Squad, a prestigious group of students who are nominated by coaches and meet stringent criteria including win/loss records in speech and debate, grade-point average, community service and leadership.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, directs HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) speech and debate team.

“Braxton has been a tremendous leader for SSB over the last two years,” she said. “His leadership has helped to grow our team as he has taken an active role in coaching the freshmen and sophomores.”

Clark also won sixth place top debate speaker and Sommers was named 10th place top debate speaker.

Students on the team also competed in individual events, including extemporaneous speaking (current events), impromptu speaking, prose, poetry, informative speaking and persuasive speaking. Also competing were team members Morgan Ashmore, senior from Weatherford; Andrea Balderas, junior from Lytle; Christopher Freeland, sophomore from Bangs; Reagan Grisham, sophomore from Arlington; and Aimee Orozco, sophomore from Shepherd.

“Our team did exceptionally well,” said Dr. Welker. “Braxton and Isaac fought hard to advance and their victory was well earned. I’m proud of the way our team performed and we are continuing to prepare for upcoming tournaments.”

Student Speaker Bureau hosted the three-day tournament on the HPU campus. Almost 200 competitors, judges and coaches were on campus for the weekend.

HPU will travel to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., in March to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Association national championship tournament.


Photo cutline: HPU Student Speaker Bureau members that competed in a tournament on the HPU campus earlier this month included, from left, Isaac Sommers, Braxton Clark, Morgan Ashmore, Reagan Grisham, Andrea Balderas and Christopher Freeland. Not pictured is team member Aimee Orozco.

HPU’s symphonic band to present concert

BROWNWOOD – February 12, 2016 – The School of Music at Howard Payne University will present the symphonic band in its first concert of the spring semester on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

The band will present a varied and exciting program, including selections from Gallop, from First Suite for Band, and El Camino Real-A Latin Fantasy, both by the legendary American composer, Alfred Reed. Other selections include Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance; Undertow, by the new American composer for band, John Mackey, as well as selections from Les Miserables, arranged by Warren Barker.

“This is an exciting slate of music that our students have been working really hard to prepare,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “There is sure to be music to delight the musical tastes of everyone in attendance.”

There is no charge for this concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

“Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of exciting music, compliments of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts and the symphonic band,” Ash added.

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

HPU’s Gabriella Glenn Guest to perform senior recital

Gabriella GuestBROWNWOOD – February 9, 2016 – Howard Payne University student Gabriella Glenn Guest will present a senior recital on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be in the university’s Grace Chapel. Guest, a mezzo-soprano, is a music major from Midlothian. She is a student of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music at HPU.

“Gabi has been an eager and consistent student of voice throughout her years at HPU,” said Dr. Church. “She has a particular interest in modern compositions and her recital reflects that repertoire in fun and interesting ways.”

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.


Photo cutline: HPU’s Gabriella Glenn Guest will perform a senior recital February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

HPU to exhibit works by artist Ruben Salinas

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2016 – The artwork of Ruben Salinas, painter and digital design artist, will be on exhibit at Howard Payne University January 25 through March 5. The collection, titled “Aspects of Black and White,” will be exhibited in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, and following the footsteps of his father, who worked as an illustrator and art director, Salinas studied communications and majored in advertising at Universidad Regiomontana. He moved to Houston in 1980 where he continued his education in visual communications at The Art Institute of Houston. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University. Salinas moved to Savannah, Ga., in 2005 to teach at Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, he continues work as a freelance illustrator and painter.

Salinas is the author of “The Spirit of Gesture,” a practical drawing guide for capturing the essence and energy of the subject, written for illustration, animation and concept development students and enthusiasts. He is also the founder of Art Studio Press, a graphic design, illustration, publishing and giclee printing studio.

“Mr. Salinas is a very talented illustrator and painter,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “We’re pleased to exhibit his work and invite the community to come take a look.”

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 exhibit, 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.


Attached: Promotional poster for Ruben Salinas exhibit at Howard Payne University

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2016 – It’s time to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for the spring 2016 season on Monday, January 25, at Howard Payne University.

The band will meet in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m. Corey Ash, director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“Everyone is invited to be a part of this exciting group,” said Ash. “The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert. From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

For more information, contact Ash at (325) 649-8502 or