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Students in HPU’s Pre-College Music program honored

Thirty-six students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently participated in the District 8-4 Junior Festival, held in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs and hosted on the HPU campus.

Students entered in the competitive category who receive a superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 18.

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

The superior rating in the piano solo category was awarded to Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Maddox Butka, Sophia Butka, Vic Cooper, Abigail Dean, Emma Ewen, Christian Fijer, Kirsten Fijer, Christopher Ivy, Cashlyn Kearney, Austin Luker, Avery Luker, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith, Evan Smith and Matthew Till. The excellent rating in the same category was awarded to Abigail Burks, Brooklyn Butka, Angie Calfa, Tony Calfa and Bethanie Ewen.

The superior rating in the vocal solo: musical theatre category was awarded to Riley Abernathy, Angie Calfa, Kylie Harris, Marti Millwee, Emmagrace Quillin, and Jordan Roberts. The superior rating in the vocal solo: art song category was awarded to Angie Calfa, Marti Millwee, Sydney Neel and Jordan Roberts. Michael Morales, Emma Soto, Ava Sparks-Hansen and Drew Walker participated in the non-competitive category.

For more information about the National Federation of Music Clubs or to inquire about HPU’s Pre-College Music program, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 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

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