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HPU hosts Pre-College Music students at festival and competition

BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Thirty students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently competed in the District 8-4 Junior Festival in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The festival was hosted at HPU.

Students entered in the Competitive category who received a Superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 19.

Students who received the Superior rating in Piano Solo were James Bautista, Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Brooklyn Butka, Sophia Butka, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Christopher Ivy, Kyle Ivy, Austin Luker, Michael Morales, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Evan Smith. The Excellent rating in Piano Solo was awarded to Tony Calfa.

Students awarded the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Musical Theater were Alecs Butka, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Emmagrace Quillin, Sarah Reeves, and Jordan Roberts. Students who received the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Art Song are Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel.

Students who participated in the Non-Competitive category and also received high ratings are Abigail Burks, Maddox Butka, Wayne Knight, Avery Luker, Sarah Mitchell and Mia Moreno.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. HPU Pre-College Music students competing in this junior festival ranged in age from 5 to 17 years of age.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music and Art Program. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

For more information about HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, contact Diane Owens at 649-8501 or

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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



Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Located in Brownwood, Texas, HPU offers a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in a traditional residential academic community. The university also offers selected undergraduate and graduate course work by electronic means and at extension centers in El Paso, Texas, and New Braunfels, Texas. HPU maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, which contributes to the university’s reputation of being “a place where everybody is somebody.”