News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

Tickets available for HPU’s “Rock: Then and Now” concert

BROWNWOOD – March 19, 2013 – Tickets are still available for Howard Payne University’s “Rock: Then and Now” concerts to be held on the HPU campus, March 22-23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

“Rock: Then and Now” will feature HPU faculty, staff and students performing family-friendly songs by a variety of musicians including Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Whitney Houston, Journey, Coldplay, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chicago, Styx and more.

Tickets are $5 each and available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/rock. Tickets are also available at the School of Music and Fine Arts and at the door on the evenings of the concerts.

Prior to Friday’s performance, Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education, will also present a brief history of rock to those interested in a look at the genre from an academic perspective. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no cost for admittance to this pre-concert event.

For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or visit www.hputx.edu/rock.

HPU to present “Rock: Then and Now” concert

Grunge retro sunbeam backgroundBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – “There’s something about music that just draws people closer together,” says Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education at Howard Payne University. Tucker is hoping one of the most recognized and beloved music genres, rock, has that effect at concerts to be held on the HPU campus, March 22-23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

“Rock: Then and Now” will feature HPU faculty, staff and students performing family-friendly songs by a variety of musicians including Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Whitney Houston, Journey, Coldplay, the Beatles and more.

“Rock music just makes people feel good,” Tucker says. “We hope people in the community come out, hear their favorite songs and have a blast singing along.”

Tickets are $5 each and available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/rock. Tickets are also available at the School of Music and Fine Arts and at the door on the evenings of the concerts.

Prior to Friday’s performance, Tucker will also present a brief history of rock to those interested in a look at the genre from an academic perspective. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no cost for admittance to this pre-concert event.

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

HPU Jazz Ensemble to present concert Thursday evening

jazz_ensemble_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a concert this Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium.

Among the selections featured on the program will be famous arrangements of George Gershwin classics including the pop song “Love Walked In,” a medley of songs from the opera “Porgy & Bess” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The arrangement presented on Thursday won the 2012 Grammy for “Best Jazz Arrangement.”

There is no charge for the concert and the public is cordially invited.

HPU’s Jazz Ensemble has received honors for performances at the North Texas Jazz Festival and the Temple Jazz Festival from 2005 to 2010. It is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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Photo cutline: The HPU Jazz Ensemble will present its winter concert Thursday night.

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.