News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

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.

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.