University News Service

Thirty students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music program participated in the recent Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Festival, with many taking high honors.

The competition was held on May 19 at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Students from the Pre-College Music program who competed in the State Festival qualified by earning a “superior” rating at the Junior Festival held on the HPU campus in March.

Participants and their ratings included:

Piano Solo: Outstanding: Marina Conner, Emily Dick, Melia Edmondson, Andrea Guthrie, Devin Keese, Kamry Keese, Aubrey Lawrence, Jenna Lyons, Macie Maxfield, Bethany Pittman, Ashley Strong and Tres Underwood; Superior: Laurel Edmondson, Robert Lynch and David Morales.

Vocal Solo: All State: Samuel Kinnin, Lizzie McCrane, Judi Parten, Jamie Smith and Jesse Smith; Outstanding: Abraham Cooper, Emily Harding and Meredith Underwood. Superior: Ciarra Day and Katelyn Murphy.

Flute Solo: All State: Brock Allen.

HPU’s Pre-College Music program, under the direction of Diane Owens, is a part of the School of Music and Fine Arts.

The program offers Kindermusik classes to pre-school children, and lessons in all instruments and voice to school-aged children and adults.

This past year, 21 teachers, consisting of HPU music faculty and music majors, taught the 80-plus students who were enrolled in the Pre-College Music program.

Enrollment for the Pre-College Music program’s fall semester will begin Aug. 13 and will continue until Aug. 30. Classes begin on Sept. 4. Each semester is 14 weeks long and consists of one 45-minute private lesson each week plus 30 minutes in the music computer lab. One-hour classes are offered for Kindermusik students.

For more information about the Pre-College Music program at HPU, contact either Diane Owens at 649-850l,, or Jan Sartain at 646-2502, Ext. 5507,