News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau earns two places at nationals

BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament, with two of the members earning awards. The competition took place at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas.

Freshman Alek Mendoza, theatre and communication major from Bangs, won fifth place in novice dramatic interpretation, and sophomore Lucy Manning, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication and social science jurisprudence major from Fort Worth, won sixth place in open persuasive speaking.

More than 220 students from 21 universities from across the nation participated in the 2019 championship. All institutions represented are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

“I’m very proud of Alek placing in dramatic interpretation as a freshman,” said Dr. Julie Welker, speech and debate team coach and chair and professor of communication. “He has worked hard this year on his interpretive pieces and the hard work has paid off. Alek is a very talented performer, and I’m thankful the judges recognized that.”

Dr. Welker also praised Manning’s work at the tournament.

“In just her second year of competition, and moving into the open division, Lucy’s sixth place was hard earned,” said Dr. Welker. “Lucy has been a strong competitor this year, winning both speaker awards and placing at every tournament we’ve attended.”
Manning also competed in parliamentary debate.

Other students competing in the tournament were junior Madison Neal, communication major from Chandler; senior Tyler Olin, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and sophomore Esmeralda Maldonado, communication major from Whitney. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, also traveled and assisted in coaching the team.

The team is spending the rest of semester adjudicating district and regional UIL speech and debate meets, and will begin preparing for next year’s competitive season.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament. Pictured from left are Tyler Olin, Alek Mendoza, Madison Neal, Lucy Manning and Esmeralda Maldonado.

HPU students advance at Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament

BROWNWOOD – February 20, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Spring Championship tournament, held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Lucy Manning and Tyler Olin advanced to quarterfinals in parliamentary debate (NPDA).

Additionally, Olin, senior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, earned the fourth place top NPDA speaker and was named to the prestigious Texas All-State Forensics Squad. The squad is a recognition given to students who have excelled in forensics at the two-year or four-year level while maintaining high levels of academic achievement and who exhibit strong character and leadership skills.

Manning, sophomore communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, earned the sixth place top NPDA speaker. Together, the team claimed two of the top six recognized speakers at the tournament.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“It is difficult to express how competitive this tournament is — our students consistently rank high and beat some of the largest state universities in Texas,” said Dr. Welker. “Tyler and Lucy were 5-0 in prelims and headed into quarterfinals the top-ranked team.”

HPU competed against 34 debate teams from 17 colleges and universities from Texas. HPU was one of two small, private, Division III universities competing and the only private Baptist university to advance in debate.

Other students who competed at the tournament were Madison Neal, junior communication major from Chandler, and Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted the team.

The HPU speech and debate team will travel to Salina, Kansas, in March to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament.

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Cutline: Lucy Manning and Tyler Olin, members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team, received speaking awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament.

HPU hosts second annual Choral Conducting Workshop

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its second annual Choral Conducting Workshop. Conductors from area schools, high school students and HPU students attended the two-day workshop, held January 25 and 26.

Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman served as the resident clinician at the workshop. She is the director of choral activities at Southern Methodist University.

A survey conducted by the HPU Department of Music revealed positive feedback from the workshop’s attendees.

“I have never attended a more useful professional development opportunity,” said one survey respondent. “I learned so much about rehearsal techniques and got some excellent, hands-on help with becoming a more clear and intentional conductor. I returned to my students re-energized to tackle the rest of the year. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Over the two days of the clinic, attendees experienced the building blocks of choral conducting by honing physical gesture and pragmatic rehearsal techniques.

“Each conductor grew and was challenged in several ways, including myself as the facilitator, and I’m so thankful for all in attendance,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Special thanks goes to Dr. Huffman, the conductors, the participants, the students and especially the magnificent members of the Howard Payne University Concert Choir.”

To conclude the first day of the clinic, a concert was held featuring workshop attendees and HPU’s Concert Choir. Dr. Huffman directed the choir in a performance of “In this Place” at the concert.

Christina Hallwachs, of Burkburnett High School, and Chris Jarvis, of Wichita Falls High School, directed performances of “5 Hebrew Love Songs.” David Mills, of Chapel Hill ISD and Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church, directed “I am the Rose of Sharon” and Jennifer Reeves of Brownwood High School directed “Locus Iste.” Camila Cotter, an HPU senior music education major from Garden Ridge, directed “Kyla Vuotti Uutta Kuuta.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman, director of choral activities at SMU, served as the resident clinician at the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts Choral Conducting Workshop.

Brownwood Community Band rehearsals begin Monday at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 13, 2019 – The Brownwood Community Band will begin its spring rehearsals on Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Davidson Music Complex (Band Rehearsal Hall) on the Howard Payne University campus.

Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music at HPU, is directing the ensemble along with other guest conductors from the area. Community band is open to anyone high school age and up who would like to play his or her instrument with fellow community members. The band will perform selections from numerous well-known composers at its annual year-end concert in May.

“Do not miss this wonderful chance to share the joy of music with the community of Brownwood,” said Nelson.

HPU music students qualify for international summer programs, accepting donations

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2018 – Four Howard Payne University music students participated last month in the Summer Program Auditions sponsored by the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The auditions are attended by casting representatives from young artist programs within the United States, as well as international programs. Each of the HPU students received multiple offers from artist programs in England and Italy.

Students attending the auditions were Leland Brown, sophomore vocal performance major from Euless; Sadie Perez, junior vocal performance major from Brownwood; Brendyn Porter, senior vocal studies major from Red Oak; and Andreahnna Rosenquist, sophomore vocal performance major from Brownwood. Perez and Rosenquist are students of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and professor of voice. Brown and Porter are students of Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music.

“The fact that each of these students attended their first audition for young artist programs and received two or more offers speaks to the level of talent we have in the vocal program at Howard Payne,” said Dr. Celeste Church. “Our students are comparable with singers from the finest schools in our region.”

Students accepted into these programs may participate in a wealth of opportunities including two to six weeks on location, private coaching, language lessons, recital performances, opera scenes performances, and acting and movement instruction, all from professionally recognized instructors. It is a wonderful opportunity that can provide a foundation for graduate work and a career in performance.

“These programs are an important first step for young singers to begin establishing their careers as professionals,” said Dr. Gregory Church. “The money spent to participate in these programs is an investment in the students’ futures.”

Participation in summer artist programs is a privilege, but it is also costly. For the HPU students to take advantage of one of these opportunities, it will require a significant investment of time, energy and financial resources. There are limited scholarships offered for some of the programs, but it falls to these students to pay for their travel and program tuition.

Those interested in supporting one or more of these students in taking advantage of this opportunity, may contact Randy Yeakley, HPU’s vice president of development at 325-649-8804. You may contribute to the “HPU Fine Arts Enrichment Fund” by sending a check payable to Howard Payne University to P.O. Box 2369, Brownwood, Texas 76804.

For more information, please contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or give@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Four HPU music students recently participated in the Summer Program Auditions sponsored by the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, each receiving multiple offers from artist programs in England and Italy. Left to right: Leland Brown, Sadie Perez, Andreahnna Rosenquist and Brendyn Porter.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes in Oxford, England

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2018 – Members of the Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, recently traveled to Oxford, England, to compete in the Oxford Inter-Varsity Debating Tournament, one of the largest British Parliamentary debate tournaments in the world.

Lucy Manning, sophomore communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, competed in the tournament with two separate debate partners, both from Oxford University. Freshman Alek Mendoza, communication and theatre major from Bangs, served as an adjudicator at the tournament. Also on the trip were Dr. Julie Welker, chair of HPU’s Department of Communication and Student Speaker Bureau coach, and Richelle Hair, instructor of communication.

The British parliamentary style of debate at the tournament consists of four teams of two. The teams are presented with a resolution and then given 15 minutes to prepare for the debate. Debaters may not consult the Internet or coaches but may have some printed material available. Contestants are expected to have a broad, working knowledge of world events and issues. Some of the topics debated at this tournament included research into the possible genetic origins of sex, race and sexuality; environmental advocacy and legislation; compulsory military service in Israel; South African township development; and U.S. political ties with Saudi Arabia.

“The best thing about going to an international debate tournament was viewing the different debate styles and learning more about other cultures,” said Mendoza. “I had the opportunity to use my Spanish to communicate with two competitors from Spain and discuss many things that differ in our cultures.”

The HPU team watched the grand final round, held in the famous Oxford Union Debating Chamber.

“Oxford was amazing,” said Manning. “We had the challenge of a new debate format and the chance to discuss important topics with people from all over the world. We debated in the chamber where brilliant discussions have occurred for generations. The history of the Oxford Union was fantastic.”

While in Oxford, the team toured the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the University Church of St. Mary, the official church of University of Oxford. The HPU group also attended Evensong at Christ Church.

“Experiencing the culture of Oxford is such an important part of our trip,” said Dr. Welker. “Besides the debates, we spend time exploring University of Oxford and learning about the oldest university in Europe.”

After competing in Oxford, the group traveled to London for educational sightseeing. The team visited Parliament, attending debates at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The group visited Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery and other various points of interest.

While in London, the group met with an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary, who is stationed just outside of London. The IMB missionary shared with the group about her work, mission and needs in the greater London area. The group was able to pray with her and share a small gift of financial support.

“I really wanted the team to connect with an American who was doing mission work in the greater London area,” said Dr. Welker. “This was a unique opportunity to combine our academic-based trip with understanding more about sharing the Gospel in European nations.”

The HPU debate team has been traveling to Oxford for the international competition since 2011 and plans to continue the tradition of international debate.

HPU pre-college music students receive NSF Arts awards

BROWNWOOD – December 5, 2018 – Five students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were honored at the 20th Annual Music Scholarship Awards presentation in Eastland. The awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts) during the community’s Rip Fest.

The HPU pre-college award recipients included Angie Calfa, 17-year-old voice and piano student; Christopher Ivy, 8-year-old piano student; Kyle Ivy, 14-year-old piano student; Austin Luker, 9-year-old piano student; and Sarah Reeves, 15-year-old voice student.

NSF Arts has sponsored hundreds of music scholarships and concerts across Texas since 1999.

“We are so honored that our young students received this recognition and thankful for the opportunity of study that the scholarship provides,” said Diane Owens, director of the pre-college program.

According to the website for the endowment, Nancy Seaberry Frost left her musical mark on Texas communities with a Sebastian Klotz violin. While enjoying a career in music ensembles, she provided West Texas and beyond with more than 50 years of beautiful stringed music. With her passing, the rare violin continued to be more than an instrument; it became a treasure which introduced her love of music to children and fostered a legacy with the establishment of The Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment. In 1999, the Frost Estate shared the proceeds of the sale of the Klotz violin to create the endowment. The NSF Arts Music Scholarship Program and the Community Performances Program add to this rich legacy by creating and sharing music with future generations.

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Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were honored at the 20th Annual Music Scholarship Awards presentation in Eastland. Left to right: Sarah Reeves, Austin Luker, Angie Calfa, Kyle Ivy and Christopher Ivy.

HPU junior Sarah Abigail Brown named recipient of the first Jack White Character Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – December 3, 2018 – Howard Payne University junior Sarah Abigail “Abi” Brown was recently named the first recipient of the Jack White Character Scholarship.

Brown, an art education major from May, Texas, is active in the HPU Baptist Student Ministry, serving on the BSM leadership team and as a leader of the Pray and Do ministry. She also serves at May First Baptist Church as a youth leader, is a member of honors organization Gamma Beta Phi and is a student worker at the Walker Memorial Library.

“I feel very honored to be the first recipient of the Jack White scholarship,” said Brown. “It’s for being of good, moral character in and out of class, so that makes the scholarship a great honor.”

The scholarship was started in 2018 in memory of Jack White by his wife, Mikki Senkarik, and former Baylor University football head coach Grant Teaff. Funding for the scholarship was aided through the sale of a painting honoring White by Senkarik and a donation from Teaff and his wife, Donell. Teaff and White had a lasting friendship that began shortly after Teaff was hired at Baylor and requested that White create new artwork for the team.

Senkarik, along with Coach Teaff, had the opportunity to meet Brown when the scholarship was presented to her.

“Abi is just precious. Her artwork impressed me very much,” said Senkarik. “She’s a wonderful person with a generous spirit and her faith makes me proud. I know Jack would have loved to have met her and would be proud of her too.”

Jack White graduated from HPU in 1955 and went on to become a Master Oil Painter. Through the course of his career, he painted portraits of President Lyndon B. Johnson, NBA player Julius Erving, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Tom Landry. He was named a State Artist of Texas in 1975.

To learn more about donation options to this scholarship fund and others HPU offers to its students, please visit www.hputx.edu/give.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU junior Sarah Abigail Brown was awarded the first Jack White Character Scholarship in recognition of her character and academic success.

HPU, Lyric Theatre and Arts Council of Brownwood to present Handel’s “Messiah”

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will partner with the Brownwood Lyric Theatre and the Arts Council of Brownwood to present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” The concert will be held Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brownwood Lyric Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the door on the evening of the performance.

This collaborative effort has materialized from many facets of the local fine arts community. Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU, will conduct the newly formed Brown County Festival Chorus with full orchestra.

“This music, in its timelessness, ushers in the joy of the Christmas season for many,” said Dr. Rosborough. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with these community entities and present this masterwork!”

Soloists include HPU alumnae Renée Blackstock ’07 and Danielle Rosborough ’08, as well as Travis Lowery, director of music ministries at First United Methodist in Stephenville, and Dr. Iwao Asakura, associate professor of music at Tarleton State University.

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

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Cutline: HPU will partner with the Brownwood Lyric Theatre and the Arts Council of Brownwood to present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.”

HPU Pre-College Music and Art program to present “Christmas at HPU”

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program will host its “Christmas at HPU” celebration on Sunday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the atrium of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Family and friends of the students and other members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “Additionally, the pre-college art students will have some of their recent work on exhibit.”

The Pre-College Music and Art program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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