HPU faculty and students perform in Italy and Austria
A group of 24 from Howard Payne University recently traveled to Italy and Austria during part of a special studies course in music and history.
Accompanying the students were HPU President and First Lady, Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, trustee Dr. Nell Hoffman, Drs. Gregory and Celeste Church, Mr. Alan and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace and Tabitha Livingston.
The group visited many significant cultural and historic landmarks including the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. Several students and faculty were also given the opportunity to perform at Rome Baptist Church and the Salzburg Cathedral in Austria.
“These students can now say they’ve performed internationally,” said Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music at HPU.
“We weren’t sure how many students would participate because of the economy, but they recognized the value of international travel and found a way to go,” she said. “It is a great investment.”
Students on the trip included Trey Wegenhoft, Jeff Toyne, Jake Shelton, Grant Newman, Allen Andrus, Kevin Baker, Jesse Smith, William Massey, Emilio Diaz, Jessica Nymoen, Kara Cheney, Kassie Laughlin, Talitha Cook and Timber Curtis.