Bulletin Staff Report

Advance tickets are available for a “Southern Gospel Christmas” to be hosted by Howard Payne University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the HPU Theatre.

The holiday program will feature the The Melody Boys Quartet from Little Rock, Ark.

Tickets are $10 per person and seating is limited, university officials said, so purchase of tickets in advance is encouraged. They are available at HPU’s Harrison House, 803 Center Ave., or in the cashier’s office in the Packer Administration Building. Tickets can also be ordered by credit card at 649-8006 or (800) 950-8465.

The Melody Boys will be performing songs from their new Christmas CD, in addition to other Southern Gospel favorites. HPU is welcoming this special quartet back after having them as the featured performers at the first two “Singin’ with the Saints” concerts in 2004 and 2005.

Gerald Williams, bass singer for the quartet, was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame in October 2006. Williams has been singing for The Melody Boys Quartet for more than 50 years.

The quartet’s youngest member is Caleb Matheny, baritone. His skill in classic Southern Gospel piano style, and his baritone singing and Gospel piano style have made him a favorite of younger members of the Melody Boys’ audiences.

Indiana native Scott Baker sings tenor for the quartet. He is an alumnus of the Stamps Baxter School of Music.

Lead singer Terry Robertson has a rich background in church music leadership, and traveled for many years singing with local quartets before joining The Melody Boys Quartet in December 2006. He is from Bryant, Ark.