Editor: Dr. Rhonda Furr / Assistant Editor: Christina Paz ’06 Vol. 8 Fall 2005
Director’s Letter Mary Ellen Spore — Rhonda Furr
Greetings to you
from the new Director The Miracle Worker
of the School of Music.
We began our fall
quarter with 86 music
For 18 years, Ms. Mary Ellen Spore has been the pillar
students. Auditions for of the School of Music. Her professionalism, attention to
the freshman class were detail, high standards, counseling skills, friendship,
outstanding, and we patience and guidance has led faculty, staff and students
look forward to their contributions to our through one successful year after the next. Her unwavering
program. spirit, regardless of the countless tasks she was juggling at
On May 17th, I participated in a one time, amazed all who stepped into her office. She
“ground-dedication” for the new Fine Arts might be typing a recital program, completing adjunct payroll, filling out a check
building with the Board of Trustees in
request, answering the phone, dealing with a student about recital or forum
attendance. Subsequently, a new road is
being constructed with entry from
credit, fielding questions from faculty, finding a vacant room for an adjunct,
Beechnut and from Fondren. This is a sending instructions for moving the piano in Mabee, talking to a prospective
prelude to the groundbreaking for the new student on the phone, and responding to a request from the Dean or Director all
building which the President hopes will at the same time! Upon her retirement, students paid tribute to her by writing
happen this year. notes, delivering flowers, and showering her with a list of questions that she had
The new building will contain a answered time and again over the years. Praised by students, faculty, staff and
1200-seat auditorium with backstage administrators alike as one that routinely accomplished the impossible, she is
indeed a miracle worker.
Born on January 5, 1940, in Elyria, Ohio, Mary Ellen is
the only child of schoolteacher parents. Her earliest
memories as a child were of air-raid sirens during WW II.
Although frightening, she also fondly remembers summer
train trips to the home of her aunt in Ft. Worth, Texas,
during those war years. Due to gas rationing that prohibited
long distance automobile trips, she and her parents made the
trip by train which she said was “very exciting!” One of the coincidences of fate
capability, an orchestra pit, and even a is the fact that I have spent most of my adult life in the state where I spent so
box office. The architects for our building many happy vacations as a child.
also designed the Hobby Center Mary Ellen’s first introduction to music was watching the marching bands at
downtown, so we anticipate wonderful high school football games. Her father was a high school history teacher and
acoustics. A 500-seat chapel/recital hall in
also served as timekeeper for all the home football and basketball games.
the round will also be part of the new
complex, and its acoustic properties can Timekeeping was done with a stopwatch – nothing high tech in those
be varied depending upon the event. It is days! My mother and I attended all the games. I couldn’t have cared less
our hope that a magnificent pipe organ about the football game, but I loved watching the bands perform at
will be purchased and installed at a future halftime.
The Dunham Family Bible in America One of her parents’ first major purchases after WW II
Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum was a piano, and she began lessons around the second
will also be part of the complex. I grade. I did not like my teacher, as she was either yelling at
encourage you to look at the mock-up and her children or yelling at me. Unfortunately, this
the drawings when you are next on transferred into a dislike of playing the piano which I
campus. They are in the office of our new
Dean of the College of Arts and
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continued on p. 3
Houston Baptist University — School of Music
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The Houston Baptist University School of Music fully supports, reflects and is
Dr. E. D. Hodo, President
bound by the statement of purpose adopted by the Trustees of the University.
Dr. Brian Runnels, Dean, College of Arts & Humanities
VISION, MISSION AND PURPOSE
Dr. John Yarrington, Director, School of Music
To be recognized as one of metropolitan America’s premier academic Christian
HBUpbeat is published each fall by the HBU School of Music.
MISSION This newsletter is sent (free of charge) to alumni and friends of
Houston Baptist University, a Christian, liberal arts institution, prepares students the School of Music. If you wish to be placed on our mailing list,
for meaningful lives and work, and for service to God and the peoples of the
Approved by the Board of Trustees, February 26, 2002
HBUpbeat, School of Music Rhonda Furr, Editor
PURPOSE 7502 Fondren Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org
The University welcomes and extends its resources to those who strive for Houston TX 77074-3298 281-649-3000 x2306
academic excellence. The faculty, staff, and administrators are committed to
providing a responsive and intellectually stimulating environment that:
• fosters spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue as
the foundation for successful living;
• develops professional behaviors and personal characteristics for life-
long learning and service to God and to the community;
• meets the changing needs of the community and society; and
• remains faithful to the “Nature of the Institution.” From the Editor:
The University offers a broad range of programs and services committed to
liberal arts eduction that are designed to promote the growth of the whole
person. The undergraduate programs familiarize students with the principal
bodies of knowledge, cultural viewpoints, belief systems, and aesthetic
perspectives that affect them and their world. The graduate programs provide
advanced educational opportunities to develop ethical and capable scholars and It has been a year of transitions here at
practitioners who can contribute to their academic disciplines and to society. HBU. I hope that this eighth issue of the
The integration of scholarship, service, and spirituality essential to liberal arts
education is nurtured in an environment of open inquiry. HBUpbeat helps connect you with us and
the many changes in our School of Music. A
Approved by the Board of Trustees, February 2000
second “retirement” for Dr. Robert Linder, a first for Mary
The School of Music faculty believes and recognizes that musical talent and
Ellen Spore, a new position for Dr. John Yarrington, a new
ability are gifts from God and that the School of Music has the responsibility
of stewardship with its students. It is also true that the student has Administrative Assistant, a redesigned
responsibility for stewardship of his/her gift, and that the educational church music degree program ... yes, it has
experience at Houston Baptist University must be a mutual effort to develop
truly been a year of change.
God-given potential as far as is possible in the time available. The regulations
and requirements of the varying curricula are intended to help in development My special thanks to Christina Paz, the
of self discipline, an absolutely necessary skill for all musicians which is
necessary to the development of potential and mature stewardship of gifts.
co-editor. She was responsible for the
Grace Notes section and several of the
It is the nature and position of the School of Music to offer traditional training
methods, as well as current technologies so as to present a challenging,
articles. Christina is a senior vocal
fundamental education that will serve each student in whatever musical career Paz performance major. She is a part-time
each is called to pursue. The curricula emphasize enduring styles while church musician and is excited to be part of
equipping students to function in a wide variety of professional musical
situations. Additionally, the School offers exposure to music that is functional
the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for the 2005-2006
or entertainment-oriented in nature (the purpose and use of these types of season. A gifted writer and dependable assistant, her work
music are not questioned or negated, but their limited applicability is was invaluable. Thank you for your help, Christina!
Couldn’t have done it without you!
As its means of realizing the above University Purpose Statement in and
through its curricula and programs, the School of Music offers training and On a final note, this is my last year as editor of
experience to its majors that: HBUpbeat. It has been a wonderful eight years of being
• present literature, theory, history and information about the art of music the facilitator of communication between you and our
that reflects the development of music over past millennia as well as current School of Music. Thank you for your feedback over the
trends; years that has helped us keep in touch.
• challenge majors to develop performance, analytical, aural, and leadership
skills that will serve them as musicians in multiple areas of service and
• offer the opportunities to develop research, compositional, and writing Sincerely,
skills that will stimulate and make possible continued study and learning
for a lifetime; Rhonda Furr, Editor
• encourage healthy competition and cooperative learning in an environment
of support and encouragement from both faculty mentors and peers;
• offer opportunities for solo and ensemble performance with close personal
guidance by professionals.
Unanimous faculty adoption, 19 February 1996
SPORE continued from p. 1 major musical event at my high school each year
was a mid-winter concert featuring band, orchestra
never totally got over. Fortunately, her and choir. For those of us performing with more
fourth grade class learned to play the than one group, it was a major challenge changing
flutophone (a plastic wind instrument from band uniform to formal gown (suits for the
for teaching how breath and fingers guys) to choir robe in a short space of time
work together to create music) and in between performances.
the fifth grade, she learned to play the
violin. Through these two experiences,
her love for music grew, yet it was the The number of musical activities
flute that captured her heart. during her high school years replaced
all study hall periods and lunch breaks.
One of my neighborhood friends played the flute
Yet, as her friend, Carole Cummings
and would let me try her instrument. I liked the
notes, not all of her time was spent in
flute immediately (what’s not to like about that
lovely sound!) and jumped at the chance to learn
to play it when I entered seventh grade. I still Our senior year in high school
continued with violin, but flute was what I really Mary Ellen went steady with a guy named Dennis.
liked. By this time, piano lessons had thankfully On a prom date (I think it was senior prom), he
been dropped. ran over a skunk with his father’s car. Naturally,
her devoted clique would not let her forget this
Other childhood music memories included trips to hear
incident without a great deal of teasing.
the Cleveland (Ohio) Orchestra and attending her first
opera performance, Carmen, in sixth grade. During her Although she continued with violin throughout high
family’s August vacations to Ft. Worth, they attended the school, it became increasingly clear to her that as a college
Dallas Summer Musicals. Mary Ellen recalled the music major, the flute would be her instrument of choice.
experience of these outdoor performances. Following high school, she attended Ohio University
They were performed in the band shell at Fair Park where she majored in music education.
(no air conditioned concert hall), and I loved the She loved the school and enjoyed most
music, drama, dancing, costumes. Every summer aspects of majoring in music, even
we would go to one musical. Eventually the Fair though this meant another four years
Park Music Hall was air conditioned and of marching band. She also admits to
everything moved inside, but there was something having some of the same struggles as
magical about sitting out under the stars on a hot HBU music majors.
August night and watching the performance I struggled with ear training and
unfold. sight singing, and I pulled ‘all-
Mary Ellen has kept in touch with friends throughout nighters’ getting my music history
the years. One friend since elementary papers in on time. While some
school, Carole Cummings, remembered things just don’t change, I might
great slumber parties and camaraderie as note that I typed my papers on a Royal portable non-
they weathered the school years together. electric typewriter!
I remember the summer after our For those of us that know Mary Ellen, imagining her
sophomore year that we took summer entering the men’s dorm her Freshman year to ask for a
school typing together and always snuck sock is beyond belief. Yet this is how she met her future
into the auditorium with a snack for our husband, Chuck Spore.
break, something that was frowned upon.
During Freshman Week, I was on a scavenger hunt
She was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I think as we
with my roommate and had to obtain a man’s
have gotten older and live far away from each other, we
black sock. That meant going to one of the men’s
have actually become closer.
dorms and trying our luck. I came back with
High school filled Mary Ellen’s life with an abundance Chuck’s sock. Although we did not actually date
of musical activities. She played flute in the band, violin in until we were seniors, I had the sock pinned to my
the orchestra, and sang in both the church youth choir and bulletin board for my entire Freshman year. I
high school a capella choir during her junior and senior finally gave it back to him when I was packing up
years. to go home for the summer. He has not forgotten
People in Texas don’t understand that part of a this and takes great delight in mentioning it from
high school band uniform in northern Ohio was an time to time.
overcoat. By early November it was essential, and
yes I did march in snow flurries on occasion. The
continued on p. 4
SPORE continued from p.3 In 1987 her life took a sudden
change of direction. After six years
Following college, Mary Ellen taught public school of university teaching, and 18
music for three years and carried on a “courtship by years as an interior designer and
correspondence” with Chuck. He remained at Ohio U to division vice-president for Sanger-
earn an MFA degree in interior and advertising design. Harris, a Dallas department store,
During her first year of public school teaching, she learned Chuck was transferred to Houston
far more about “life” than she had in all her previous 21 as part of a merger with Foleys.
years of life put together. Teaching vocal music in grades 1 The move was traumatic for Mary
thru 12 was a bigger task than I imagined possible. One of Ellen who had lived in Arlington
my so called ‘music classes’ consisted of 59 eighth grade for 23 years, had over 50 private
boys, some with juvenile court records. After “surviving” flute students, children at UT Arlington and a community
the experience, she spent the next two years teaching of friends. Although admitting to shedding lots of tears, in
general music, grades 4 thru 8, in Dayton, Ohio. retrospect, she notes she wouldn’t have wanted it to be any
Mary Ellen became a other way.
“Texan by choice,” marrying We moved to Houston on Memorial Day
her college sweetheart and weekend in 1987. One Sunday I was glancing
moving to Arlington, Texas, through the want ads in the Houston Chronicle
where Chuck had accepted a and came upon an ad seeking a ‘part-time music
position at Arlington State secretary in a small liberal arts university.’ I called
College teaching interior and for an interview and as they say, the rest is history!
advertising design. During her I interviewed with Dr. Robert Linder and was told
early years of marriage and the that there were several other candidates that he
beginning of parenthood, she needed to interview, but he thought the prospect of
became active in the music community of Arlington. She my getting the job was quite good. A week or so
joined the Arlington Music Club after the birth of Susan later the phone rang and the job was mine.
and two years later (while pregnant with Pam), helped to Thus began Mary Ellen’s 18 year career in the music
organize the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of SAI (Sigma office at Houston Baptist University. During the first couple
Alpha Iota, a professional music sorority). Both of these years, she worked afternoons following Nancy McCreary,
organizations gave her the chance to meet other women who covered the office in the mornings. When Nancy
musicians, some of whom were also stay-at-home moms, decided to head to Lubbock for a year of advanced study
and gave her a needed musical outlet. at Texas Tech, Bob Linder asked Mary Ellen to take over
Laurel Beavers, a long-time friend of Mary Ellen, met the music office duties on a full-time basis.
her at a National Flute Association Convention. We grew Mary Ellen Spore was exactly what I wanted in a
close while enjoying concerts, Texas Flute Society meetings secretary. She always thought a step ahead of me,
and solo and ensemble contests for our students. Her anticipating my needs. She had an artistic spiritual quality
caring ways and wonderful sense of humor makes her a that I adored. Her motherly instinct was re-enforced with
special friend. At this time Mary Ellen taught private flute the foresight to be a sensitive counselor for our music
lessons in the Arlington Public Schools, a schedule that students. She understood the mechanisms in place for
worked perfectly for a mother with two daughters. I found the smooth running of the University, and she had the
the one-on-one contact with students through teaching strength to deal professionally with off-campus factions.
private flute lessons far more rewarding to me personally Mary Ellen is a ‘detail person,’ a quality essential for a
than teaching classroom music. Teaching flute also person in her position. Our mutual respect and deep
encouraged Mary Ellen to return to professional study, and friendship grew through the years. I felt extremely
she studied with Claire Johnson, flute instructor at SMU in fortunate to have hired Mary Ellen and reap the rewards
Dallas and Dr. George Morey, retired professor of flute at of our outstanding contribution to Houston Baptist
North Texas University in Denton. As a professional University. What ‘a winner’ she turned out to be!!! She
musician in Arlington, Mary was the ‘Rock’ in our School of Music
Ellen played flute with
professional organist Charlene — Dr. Robert Linder
Dorsey. Over the years, they Former Dean of Fine Arts
performed together on SAI
programs, at St. Alban’s
Episcopal Church and at
Christmas gatherings at the
continued on p. 8
A NEW DIRECTOR
— Christina Paz
With the arrival of the new school year, the School of
Music has witnessed many changes. Houston Baptist
University welcomes Dr. John Yarrington, Professor of
Music and Director of Choral Activities, into his newest
title, Director of the School of Music. Dr. Yarrington fills
the void left by Dr. Robert Linder who served as Interim
Director to the School of Music for the 2004-2005 school
year. Although Dr. Yarrington will be the first to admit
that he “never aspired to the administrative side of
things,” the HBU School of Music is very excited to
welcome his friendly presence, sense of humor and good
Dr. Yarrington anticipates a good and productive
school year. During a recent interview, he expressed some
goals for the 2005-2006 school year, his first as Director of
the School of Music.
At the top of his to-do list is to improve the process of
academic advising within the School of Music. Dr.
Yarrington hopes to install a more thorough and involved
process in which students and their advisors can truly take
A warm welcome to Dr. John Yarrington!
the necessary time to plan not only the present quarter but
to also look ahead to the student’s graduation date.
A second improvement Dr. Yarrington advocates is the
Best of luck!
addition of a full-time faculty position in Church Music.
The majority of the School of Music graduates go into
either music education, both in public schools and in the
private capacity, or into church music. In order to fully
prepare the students majoring in church music for a life
after graduation, Dr. Yarrington believes that the Director’s Letter
implementation of a church music faculty position would
continued from p. 1
be most beneficial.
One unique aspect of Dr. Yarrington’s new position of Humanities, Brian Runnels BME ’81.
Director of the School of Music is his dual role as Director Dr. Runnels is a graduate of HBU and holds a Doctorate in
of Choral Activities. Dr. Yarrington has a full load Orchestral Conducting. He has wonderful experience in
keeping up with the responsibilities and duties of both administration and is a welcome addition.
We also welcome Kelly Crosby as our Music Coordinator.
titles. Yet, he is determined not to allow his new duties
Kelly will be an invaluable source for information, and I hope you
interfere with his love of music making. He is very excited will call on her.
to announce that HBU’s Schola Cantorum has been invited What can you as an alum do to help your school? If you are
to sing at the American Choral Director’s Association close, I hope you will come on campus, observe classes, and
(ACDA) Western Division meeting in St. Louis in 2006. attend concerts. I always have a "project" or two which might be
We congratulate Dr. Yarrington and the Schola Cantorum of interest to you. Certainly, you can recommend our school to
and wish them all the best in representing HBU at this your students and to families looking for a quality education in a
prestigious event. Christian atmosphere. I am as close as the phone (281-649-3027)
or email (email@example.com) and welcome your calls.
Dr. Yarrington notes: Every year, I write on the board I believe that the HBU School of Music has a unique place in
for the first rehearsals, ‘Singing is relational.’ I promise the city of Houston not satisfied by any other school. We continue
each new group that I will always come prepared; I will to graduate quality students who are singing, directing, and
always care about them individually and will expect that performing in our community and beyond. Help us continue this
much from them as well. mission!
This credo will surely serve him well as he assumes his John Yarrington, Director
new position as Director of the School of Music. School of Music
The Kuisk-Scheuch Vocal — Christina Paz
Performance Award has become one
of the most prestigious awards of the
School of Music at HBU. This award
is given to a junior or senior vocal
performance major who meets criteria
including excellence in performance,
the intention to pursue a career in
performance and excellent academic
work. This award was made possible
by the generosity of its donors, Drs.
Linda Kuisk and George Scheuch.
Linda and George have very
international backgrounds, yet both
have lived in Houston longer than
they have lived any place else.
Linda Kuisk was born in Christina Paz with Dr. George Scheuch and Dr. Linda Kuisk.
Moengo, Suriname. Her parents
immigrated to the United States when
she was still a toddler, after the Soviet serving in Viet Nam and Korea. After music, especially classical music.
Union took over their country. Her finishing his service to the Army, he Linda studied piano for her own
family moved to Mexico City, but not resumed his academic studies and enjoyment during her college years
before becoming U.S. citizens. Linda earned his PhD from Bowling Green and was fortunate to experience
graduated from the American High State University in Ohio with exceptionally good choral music
School in Mexico City and moved concentrations in physiological while studying at St. Olaf College.
back to the United States. She psychology and statistics. George has George has also always enjoyed music
continued her education at St. Olaf been an adjunct professor at the even though his wife jokes that the
College in Minnesota where she University of Houston Clear Lake only instrument he has any facility
earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in campus, and currently designs with is a tape recorder!
Psychology and Spanish. After instructional multimedia software for We are honored to have Drs.
relocating to St. Louis, Linda United Space Alliance. Linda Kuisk and George Scheuch as
completed her doctorate in Clinical
This fascinating and cultured part of our extended community at
Psychology at Washington University.
couple was introduced to HBU by HBU. Their kindness and generosity
Her career has evolved from strictly
friend and former dean, Dr. Ann has been helpful to many and is an
clinical psychology to include school
Gebuhr. Dr. Gebuhr recommended inspiration to us all.
psychology and she is currently in her
that Dalma Boronkai (HBU ’00), be
20th year with Aldine Independent
the vocalist at George and Linda’s
School District as a psychologist in
wedding which took place on
the Special Education Department.
October 10, 1998. The couple was so Past winners:
George Scheuch was born in impressed by her talent and beautiful
Washington, D.C. and being part of a voice that they were inspired to help
military family, he moved quite her and other future singers pursue 1999 Dalma Boronkai
frequently. Although he began their careers. Although they do not 2000 Dalma Boronkai
kindergarten in Ankara, Turkey and choose the award recipient, a decision 2001 Lauren Thompson-Shelton
graduated from Izmir American High made by the voice faculty, it is their
School in Izmir, Turkey, he attended hope that they can alleviate some of 2002 Matt Parker
several stateside schools and the anxiety and expense involved in 2003 Matt Parker
universities in between. His pursuing a professional vocal 2004 Breanna Richardson
undergraduate studies were performance degree.
interrupted by the Viet Nam war, and 2005 Christina Paz
Both Linda and George enjoy
he spent the next couple of years
Thank you Dr. Linder!
— Rhonda Furr
After a 10 year hiatus, Dr. Linder returned in 2004-05 to
lead our School of Music for a year of feverish activities. His
action-oriented approach, fast-paced meetings, boundless
energy and insider-information gathering left those of us who
were here before - panting for breath - while the rest of us
wondered if it was the Road-Runner or Tazmanien Devil that
left us breathless in its wake. Yet, through it all, we were
comforted knowing that a master-commander was leading us
forward. Thanks for the fast ride, Bob. It was one we will
Welcome Kelly Crosby - Music Coordinator
Kelly Crosby, Music Coordinator her current position in the School of work with the
of the School of Music, HBU, is an Music. faculty and
HBU graduate with a Bachelor of Originally from East Texas, Kelly students. Please
Music, Church Music degree (2000). has been living in Houston for 18 call or come by the
She has been on staff at HBU since years. Kelly is “mom” to three Music office to say
2002 serving as the Assistant to the children, Keren (23), Caleb (21), “Hello.” I would
Department of Christianity and Candace (18), and Chris (16). love to catch up
Philosophy and the Assistant to the with my former
I am thrilled to be working in the classmates and
Dean of the College of Education and
School of Music. It is a privilege to meet the rest!
Behavioral Sciences before moving to
Can you answer these questions about our new Dean of Arts and
Humanities, Dr. Brian Runnels?
1. What is his relationship to the School of Music?
2. What was his performing area?
3. What was his favorite class?
Find out the answers to these questions and more on page 15!
SPORE continued from p. 4 artist to use for private lessons, typing up a news
release for an upcoming concert, scheduling a
Asked what kept her at HBU for all those years, Mary recital with the Student Affairs Office and trying
Ellen shared several reasons. She explained that she to identify a Baptist hymn that some elderly
enjoyed being part of the educational process and working gentleman wanted to sing to me over the
with students. telephone.
I had been around education and educators my Mary Ellen’s attention to detail and her dedication is
entire life. It came very naturally to me. Then, of legendary. Her contribution to the HBUpbeat was a
course, if you are involved with education, you are special gift to the alumni. After completing each edition,
also involved with students. I enjoyed the the editor would bring the copy to Ms. Spore who could
opportunity to relate to music students as always find details missed by the best proof readers. She
individuals. That has always been one of the ‘best’ did the work of at least two full-time employees,
parts of the job. Closely related to that has been balancing tasks that would make most of our heads spin.
the contacts I have had with prospective students Mary Ellen or ‘ME’ (as she referred to herself) was
and their parents. Choosing a school and a career the voice of the music school for 18 years. She knew
path can be intimidating. I always worked very what to do and how to get it done. Often, in my case,
hard to eliminate as much of the ‘scariness’ as I she ‘saved’ me time and again. Thanks, ME for being
could from this process when talking with them there when I needed you!
on the phone or in person.
— Dr. John Yarrington
During her years as secretary, Mary Ellen worked with
a large number of student assistants that helped her in the
day-to-day office tasks. Her friendships extended across campus. She is
Ms. Spore knew the answer to every question a grateful for all of these friendships, particularly during her
student or faculty asked and she was always very helpful own times of personal crises. I learned too, that in times
and reassuring. I loved working for her because she was of personal stress, these were the people who came to
very organized and patient. I will always remember Ms. your aid and got you through the crisis. My mother’s
Spore as a genuine, generous, helping and very passing in 1999, following several months of deteriorating
determined, dedicated person. My heartfelt thanks to you health, was a prime example of such support.
Ms. Spore for all you taught me and for all you did for us. The University expressed their appreciation for Mary
We love you. Ellen publicly on several occasions. She won the
— Dalma Boronkai ’00 Outstanding Employee of the Quarter in 1993 and was
honored with the Ray Mayfield Staff Award in 2003-04.
Friend. Mentor. Mom. Fellow musician. Cheerleader.
Mrs. Spore touched the lives of countless music students
while she served at HBU. My days at HBU were
enriched by her commitment to excellence in her job and
her dedication to my personal success at the School of
Music. The legacy of musicianship and excellence in the
life of Mary Ellen Spore will continue in my life and in the
lives of the students, faculty, and staff that have had the
privilege of serving with her at HBU.
-— Toni Ruffino ’05
She also enjoyed working with the music faculty and
other members of the HBU staff.
What an incredible group of people! The music
faculty’s talent and creativity made it obvious Mary Ellen is enjoying retirement with Chuck, who
early on that I really needed to sharpen my wits retired from Foley’s three years ago. She also enjoys the
and my sense of humor if I expected to survive role of Grandma to her five grandchildren. Retirement
with that independent-minded group! It didn’t also means more time for her hobbies of reading and
take me long to realize that they worked together gardening, as well as visits with her husband to museums
well as a team, especially when it came to the best and home tours. She plans to be a part of the audience at
interests of the students. All part of a day’s work HBU music events and anticipates traveling. My 18 years
would be trying to find a room for an affiliate at HBU have made such a positive impact on my life.
The HBU family is indebted to Mary Ellen Spore for
the years she invested in all of us. Our Vice President for
Academic Affairs offered this tribute:
Any college music student quickly learns who are the
facilitators, the enablers, the bridge builders, the
confidants, the counselors, the friend of students. Mary
Ellen Spore was all these and more. Her unflagging calm
and smile imbued all her friends with a confidence that
she was the miracle worker and could make it all happen.
And she did! Being a buffer between students, faculty,
publics, parents, and administrators is a trying
assignment at best. Someone usually looses out. With
Mary Ellen, no one ever lost out. She is universally loved
and respected by the generations of colleagues she
served. I shall miss her personally, and we shall all Roses were presented with these frequently asked
remain grateful for her extraordinary contribution to the questions by students on May 3, 2005, during a student-
led Farewell Tribute to Ms. Spore. The event was
University's history. organized by Toni Ruffino ’05.
— Dr. Don Looser
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Ms. Spore ...
Where do I get a
Can I look at your copy of the class process form?
Do I really have to write the program
notes for my recital program?
I need the key to the
What is my private lesson number?
When is Do I have to take an Upper
Are the opera programs ready?
What is an Upper Divisional?
Do I have to take Music
I went to the George Strait concert at the rodeo. Can I borrow a pen?
Can I have recital credit?
Do I have to file a
Can I borrow your stapler? degree plan?
Do I have to take
Music Theory? How many more recital credits
do I need?
Who else is performing
at Forum today? Is there Forum today?
Each year HBUpbeat will showcase a music
alumnus. The alumnus selected for this honor
was chosen by a committee.
— Christina Paz ’06
Kevin McBeth envisioned a career in musical theater Kevin really enjoys his work with the Manchester
when he began at Houston Baptist University. He UMC. The chance to combine my faith and love of music
graduated from High School for the Visual and Performing is most
Arts (HSPVA) in 1979 and always assumed he would “do rewarding. I share
the musical theater thing.” He graduated from HBU in the my faith through
spring of 1985 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal the music and
Performance. During his time at HBU, Kevin began to that defines who I
develop an interest in conducting. Conducting just took off am.
for me; I discovered my strengths were focused in
conducting. He gained invaluable experience at HBU and
for music ministry
was given the opportunity to conduct both the choral
work has been
ensembles and the orchestra.
Kevin furthered his education at the University of nationally. In
Houston where he worked towards his Masters degree in 2003, Mr.
Choral Conducting. Now, 20 years after his graduation McBeth was one
from HBU, Kevin is an accomplished and nationally- of the top ten
recognized choral conductor and clinician. honorees in the
Although Kevin has been “doing the church music Ministry of Music
thing” since he was 15, his first full-time position was with Awards.
Westbury United Methodist Church. While at HBU, Kevin The awards
met Dr. Herman Barlow* (BA ’72 and former Vice- are given each
President of Development and University Affairs) who was year to ministers
the director of music at Westbury UMC. Kevin started as of music for
an intern but was promoted to Director of Music upon Dr. developing outstanding religious music programs within
Barlow’s retirement. Kevin moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa their places of worship. Our aim is to recognize men and
where he served for a brief amount of time at St. Paul’s women for exceptional performance in the ministry of
United Methodist Church. From there, he traveled to St. music. By focusing on the accomplishments of these
Louis, Missouri which has become his permanent home. leaders, we encourage and support the work of all
In August 2005, Mr. McBeth celebrated his 10th year ministers of music.
as Director of Music for Manchester United Methodist — Kevin Samblanet
Church in St. Louis. Manchester UMC is commonly known Chairman of the Awards Committee
to be “the largest Methodist church in Missouri” with over
3600 members. There are almost 500 children, youth and
adults involved in the different music programs which In addition to his position with Manchester UMC, Mr.
include nineteen choral and handbell ensembles. The adult McBeth is also the Music Director of the St. Louis Metro
choir alone has over 100 singers. The ability of the singers Singers, an appointment he began in August of 2001. This
is exceptional and the rate at which they learn and improve talented civic chorus was invited to sing back-up for Sarah
is such that it allows the chorus to perform impressive Brightman on her La Luna Tour.
masterworks including the Mozart Requiem, the Vivaldi
Gloria and Haydn’s Creation.
continued on p. 14
G race Notes
MUSIC ALUMNI U P D AT E
1969 1972 1975
CAROL SUE COLE VICKI WILSON ELIZABETH BEESON
(Bond) (Drews, Davis) P.O. Box 55436
P.O. Box 10536 2704 Saint Andrews Dr. Houston, TX 77255-5436
College Station, TX 77842 Belden, MS 38826 713-688-3346
firstname.lastname@example.org During the 2004-2005 season, Beeson
B.M. Music/English School of Music performed at several
Celebrating her 30th year of teaching. retirement homes and churches. Ms.
1970 Currently serving as Supervisor of Beeson also gave a solo piano concert
Choral Activities at Tupelo H.S., MS. at Memorial Drive United Methodist in
Also sings with First Presbyterian in February.
LEW KING Tupelo and has performed as a soloist
102 Lowe Circle
Clinton, MS 39056
with the Corinth Symphony, 1982
Germantown Symphony and the Tupelo
601-924-6535 Symphony. Also awarded the 2005
email@example.com Outstanding Mississippi Music ZVART MINASSIAN
Educator Award from the (Kazandjian)
Composed “Praise God” commissioned MMEA/ACDA. 2119 Brinton Oaks Ct.
by the Mississippi State Young Katy, TX 77450
Musicians Festival 2005. Also 281-492-8989
composed choral arrangement of “I
Earnestly Seek You” which was
published by Genevox Music in January KARL R. MANGRUM Private piano teacher
2005. 5246 Woodlawn Place
Bellaire, TX 77401 THOMAS EMERICK
MINNIE MOSLEY Hm (713) 349-0947, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Pierceall, Moore) Off (713) 453-5151
217 La Costa Dr. email@example.com Just completed his sixteenth year as
Montgomery, TX 77356 firstname.lastname@example.org part-time Minister of Music at First
936-448-4027 email@example.com Presbyterian Church of Ewing, N.J.
Golf, and Guitar get 1989
Currently serving as pianist at Walden most of my
Community Church on Lake Conroe recreational time; son
where her husband, Roy, serves as Zachary married to LORENA UNGER
music director. Together they lead the Christine West (Short)
youth department for grades 7-12. Mangrum; 404 Gleneagles
daughter Karley 2003 Graduate of Friendswood, TX 77546
DR. BILL ROBERTS TAMU and currently attending SBTS in 281-992-1862
9801 Forest Grove Drive Ft. Worth; daughter Jillian graduated firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver Spring, MD 20902 from Bellaire High School, ’05.
301-592-8228 B.M. Ed. from HBU; currently working
Working on Master of Divinity – as COTA at The Pointe Rehabilitation
email@example.com SWBTS in Houston. Celebrating 35 Ctr. Also directs orchestra at Heritage
years of Marriage to Cynthia Coufal Park Baptist. She and her husband
B.A. in Music (voice and Music Ed.); Mangrum on June 26, 2005. Currently:
Currently serving as Director of Music Richard have 4 wonderful children:
Associate Pastor (Worship and Remington (15), Mackenzie (12),
Ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Administration), Treasurer Woodforest
Lafayette Square, Washington D.C. Katarina (9) and Donovan (4).
Active work as a composer, conductor
and clinician. Celebrating first birthday
of new grandbaby, Eleanor Ann
Roberts born 09/19/04.
1990 CHARLES (Chuck) REID 1995
CAZANDRA CAMPOS GERMANY TASHA MOSS FOX
(MacDonald) 49(0) 621-862-4239 315 Magnolia
9910 Villa Verde firstname.lastname@example.org Channelview, TX 77530
Houston, TX 77064 281-862-9588
She and her husband are associate
B.M. Ed. from HBU. pastors at Lindale Assembly of God.
National Marketing Manager for Mother to two daughters, 6 and 3.
Hemophilia Options. Mother of Julian
(9) and expecting a new addition in TIFFANY HAMMOCK
Chuck and his family recently relocated Route 2, Box 2869
MARY ENA KEAN to Germany where he will begin a Fest Jacksonville, TX 75766
(Kelso) position at the National Theater. Roles 903-541-2417
13146 Kimberly for the season include Belmonte, email@example.com
Houston, TX 77079 Ferrando, Tamino, Tito, and Aceste.
713-465-6841 Chuck and his wife Julie are the proud Currently serves as Elementary Region
parents of Samuel (2). Chair for TMEA Region 21. Married
for 11 years and mother to daughters
1992 Samantha (11) and Eva (8).
MICHAEL (Mike) GAINEY 3822 Oak Dale SHARLA L. ROGERS
P.O. Box 33398 Pearland, TX 77581 1524 De Walt St.
Fort Sill, OK 73503 281-648-2202 Houston, TX 77088
580-917-3992 firstname.lastname@example.org 281-445-1970
In addition to being a full-time mother,
B.M. Ed. from HBU. she also teaches voice and piano. Works Awarded as Teacher of the Year at
Reassigned to Fort Sill, OK in with children’s choir program at Reece Academy and is performing with
March ’05. Sagemont Church. Opera in the Heights for the 2005-2006
DANNA BARNES 914 Richmond St. CHRISTY DUNNAM
(Dapkus) Tallahassee, FL 32304 12101 Cedar Gully
5014 Opal Sky Dr. 850-224-3693 Road
Katy, TX 77449 email@example.com Beach City, TX 77520
RUSSELL WOODS firstname.lastname@example.org
JOE MACDONALD 225 Geovanna Ct.
9910 Villa Verde Rio Rico, AZ 85648 B.M. Ed. from HBU.
Houston, TX 77064 email@example.com Mother to Carleigh (3)
281-970-6334 and Luke (1).
firstname.lastname@example.org Teaches band, orchestra, jazz and
mariachi courses at Desert Shadows KARL R. MANGRUM (See 1974)
B.A. in Music from HBU. Middle School in Nogales, AZ. 5246 Woodlawn Place
Currently serving as choir director at Bellaire, TX 77401
Cypress Ridge H.S. and as music Hm (713) 349-0947,
director at Holy Covenant UMC in Off (713) 453-5151
Katy. He and his wife Cazandra (’90) email@example.com
are expecting their second child in firstname.lastname@example.org
1999 2001 LYDIA TATE
7623 Wovenwood Ln.
RYAN CLARK SARAH CARRAHER Houston, TX 77041
308 Clayton St. (Laine) 713-896-1715
Grand Prairie, TX 75052 5012 SW Malcom Rd. Lydia@tatephotography.com
972-237-4686 Lawton, OK 73505
email@example.com 580-536-7741 B.M. Ed. from HBU. Currently serving
firstname.lastname@example.org as Executive Director of Sigma Phi
B.M. in Church Music from HBU. Lambda.
Called to Inglewood Baptist Church Proud mom of two sons: Shawn
after serving for three years at Michael Larry born June 5, 2002 and
Wedgwood Baptist. Moved to Grand Charles Eugene Lewis born April 20,
Prairie in February 2005. 2004. Pianist at First Baptist West in
Lawton, OK. WAYNE B. MAYDWELL
SUZANNE NORMAN 11415 Willow Field Dr.
2115 S. Shadow Grove DONNA RAE FENDER Cypress, TX 77429
Richmond, TX 77469 1046 Dominion Dr. 281-894-5005
281-344-1009 Katy, TX 77450 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org B.M. in Performance from HBU;
Currently serving as music teacher at Masters Degree in Musicology at
The Westview School for Autism Music teacher at Hutshell Elementary in University of Houston. Currently
teaching music to two year olds. Also Katy. Working on her masters degree. working as Director of Music
grandmother to Grace (5) and Cade (1). Ministries, Bear Creek Community
2002 Church, as well as Teaching Assistant at
2000 Moores School of Music, UH.
Daughter Ashley (bassoonist) made
KATHRYN CHANCEY TMEA Texas All-State for fourth year
ADRIENNE WALLS (Kratz) in a row in February 2005. Ashley is
(Fry) 7805 Rue St. Cyr pursuing a B.M. at USC on a full music
1803 Shady Glen Drive #2092 Houston, TX scholarship. Son Chad and daughter
Arlington, TX 76015 713-981-6928 Victoria are both honors students and
email@example.com 832-368-6961 (cell) perform in Bleyl Middle School
firstname.lastname@example.org Symphonic Band. Son Luke (9) plays
B.M. in Church Music from HBU. piano. Celebrated 20 years of marriage
Moved to Arlington so that her B.M. Ed. from HBU. to Kim in February 2005.
husband Wes can finish his masters Anticipates applying to the doctoral
degree. She has been hired as a full-time programs at University of Houston and
Assistant Choir Director at Martin Sam Houston State University.
JOSH HORTMAN LAURA C. HARDY
EVE WOODARD Saint Louis, MO 4418 Stanford St.
8006 Wind Forest Drive 314-621-9397 Houston, TX 77006
Houston, TX 77040 Christiandevreich@yahoo.com 713-528-4292
email@example.com B.M. in Theory and Composition from
HBU. Also earned an M.A. in B.M. in Performance from
Teaches private guitar and piano. Historical Musicology from NYU. HBU. Currently teaching
Performs as guitarist and bassist with Married on 12/12/04 to Jennifer violin to children at Sagemont Church
local jazz and variety bands. Performed (Puckett). Baby girl, Madeleine Lee Center for the Arts. Also works with
with Houston Ballet in February and Hortman, born 9/8/05. her father in their piano business.
March of 2004. Featured artist at Jazz
Festival in San Antonio in April. ROXAN SILVA
426 Nottingham Oaks Trail 306 Stratford St. #2 DAVID ALLAN
Houston, TX 77079 Houston, TX 77006 WILSON ’71
Attending University of New Orleans David earned a
B.A. in Music and Christianity from for MM in Conducting. Acted as Guest Bachelor of Arts
HBU. Serves as Contemporary Music Conductor with Houston Civic degree from HBU in
Director at St. Thomas Presbyterian Orchestra for their May 2005 concert. 1971. Member of the
Church. Currently a visiting student at U/H in College Singers.
the Masters in Conducting.
David loved HBU and talked often
about the friends he had there and the
enjoyment he felt for having been there.
ALUMNI SHOWCASE continued from p.10
Other conducting credits include serving as assistant Dr. Robert Linder, former Dean of the College of Fine
conductor with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus from Arts and Dr. David Wehr, former Director of Choral
1999-2001. Mr. McBeth has also performed three times at Activities, were most influential in his career. Former vocal
Carnegie Hall, twice as a singer and the third time as the faculty members Dr. Robert Reid and Dr. Eugene Tally-
maestro. Kevin conducted the Rutter Requiem in 2000. Schmidt* also gave Kevin lots of encouragement. He found
Apart from conducting and performing, Mr. McBeth the smaller size and intimate atmosphere of HBU to be a
regularly serves on the board of several musical very good learning environment. Dr. Robert Linder recently
organizations including the Missouri Choral Directors shared his memory of Kevin’s student years ...
Association (MCDA) and the American Guild of English Kevin McBeth never had to take a lesson in leadership
Handbell Ringers (AGEHR). He has also prepared several because he was a born leader. He was an absolute sponge
of his choral ensembles for participation in both the state as a conducting student and had an excitement about
and division American Choral Directors Association learning that was exceptional. I could turn over a
(ACDA) conventions. In recent news, Mr. McBeth currently rehearsal or a concert to him and know that standards
represents the Southwestern Division in the National would be high and that the musicians would be challenged.
Convention Music in Worship. Kevin had dreams and has been lucky enough to fulfill
I met Kevin McBeth through ACDA work and liked quite a few. What a talent!
him before I knew he was an HBU grad. We were in a — Dr. Robert Linder,
couple of seminars together, one in which I conducted and Former Dean of Fine Arts
he was the tenor soloist. I worked with his church choir in
Kevin has always been grateful for the learning
St. Louis and felt right at home. He gets good results
experiences he received at HBU. The intimacy of the school
because he is such a fine musician and also really likes the
gave me a chance to dabble before I found out what I
people with whom he works. Kevin is extremely talented
wanted to do.
and fun to be around ... even if he is a tenor!
— Dr. John Yarrington
Director of the School of Music * deceased
he pastor will preach his
farewell message, after
which the choir will sing
“Break Forth into Joy.”
From Choir Crackups - the Church Musician’s Book of Humor
Compiled by Dr. John Yarrington. Copied with permission of author.
Dr. Brian Runnels, HBU Music Alumnus, 1981
Dean of Arts and Humanities
1 What is your relationship to the School of Music? with other students. I performed with concert band, jazz
band (bass guitar), orchestra, choir, opera workshop,
percussion ensemble as well as conducting opportunities
My faculty appointment is in the School of Music at the
with the concert band and the Houston Civic Symphony. I
rank of Professor. Beginning in the winter quarter, I will
loved the variety of musical experiences I had during those
teach one course per term. It has not yet been determined
what I will teach. John Yarrington and I will determine this
5 Why are you excited about HBU’s future?
I have very high regard for the educational experiences I
2 What is your performing area?
had at HBU and for the future opportunities I was blessed
with as a result. I believe HBU is well positioned for a
Percussion is my major performing area. Graduating from future of significant contribution and influence in Christian
HBU in 1981, I earned a BME degree. My masters degree higher education. The students who come to this school will
was in church music and choral conducting and my benefit from a strong and dedicated faculty who will help
doctorate was in orchestral conducting. At HBU I took them move closer to reaching their current and future goals
advantage of many performing opportunities to both sing and so much more than they can now imagine. That is
and play my instrument. exciting!
The University is working hard to raise funds for the
construction of the Cultural Arts Center. This facility will
3 What was your favorite class?
provide a much needed performance venue to the HBU
campus. Phase 2 of that project will address instructional
My high school band experience was one that helped me
space such as classrooms, teaching studios for music and
develop abilities in playing non-pitched percussion
art, and other needs as well. Music and art disciplines will
instruments and timpani but did not include playing other
have greater opportunity for interaction for a more rich arts
pitched instruments like xylophone or marimba. As a result,
education environment. This will tremendously impact the
I entered the university still having to count lines and spaces
way instruction is delivered on campus.
to name the notes so I could tune the timpani. Starting right
away in music theory courses could have been The city of Houston is a rich and active arts community
overwhelming but instead it was invigorating and with so much to offer our students. I remember the energy
enlightening. The world of music began to open up for me of the coupling of my education at HBU with attending
once I developed more knowledge. I loved music theory and Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Houston
still do. I also loved conducting and symphonic literature Ballet, Theater Under the Stars, and other musical
courses in particular. performances, as well as having ready access to the
Museum of Fine Arts and so much more. HBU students
have so much available to them.
4 What was your best memory from the
I am blessed to be back to be near family in Houston and
surrounding areas. And let’s not forget the Astros! I’ve been
I have many wonderful memories of my years at HBU. I a fan since the days of the Colt 45s. This is their year!
would say that my best memories are of the many and
varied performance experiences I had both with faculty and
HBU SCHOOL OF MUSIC REUNION HELD AT TMEA
— Robert McElroy
The Texas Music Educators Association meets in convention in San Antonio in February each
year. An annual highlight of the meetings occurs on Friday evening when most of the colleges
and universities of the state invite graduates for food, fun and fellowship in hospitality rooms
located in the various hotels around the downtown convention center.
Houston Baptist University participated in this event for the first time at the 2004 convention
and we had such a good time – we decided to do it AGAIN! Robert and Marie McElroy and
Dr. Richard Fiese of HBU’s School of Music entertained a group that included former students,
as well as several current HBU students.
San Antonio’s famous Hyatt Regency Hotel was the site for plenty of great HUSKY food,
conversation, reminiscences and catching-up with old friends. The reunion for 2006 is already
planned and details will be available as the convention approaches. Please check HBU and
TMEA publications for exact location, but mark your calendars NOW!
HBU Reunion at TMEA
February 17, 2006, 9:00-10:30 p.m.
Join HBU for the
annual tour of Europe
Germany, Austria, Italy
Contact Dr. Rhonda Furr
281-649-3000 x 2306
firstname.lastname@example.org HBU students in Rome.
Keeping in Touch
WITH MUSIC FACULTY
This addition to our newsletter will help you stay in contact with your former faculty.
They would love to hear from you personally. Why not send them a note!
NAME YEARS AT HBU ADDRESSES
Dr. Don Looser* 1964-present email@example.com
Dr. Lew Zailer 1965-1977 firstname.lastname@example.org
2210 Woodland Park
Houston, TX 77077
Dr. H. Bert Coble 1966-1967 email@example.com
1505 Lyle Street
Lebanon, TN 37087-3111
Ms. Ruth Strittmatter 1968-1990 2910 Country Club Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dr. Robert Linder 1969-1994 firstname.lastname@example.org
2004-2005 24 East Broad Oaks
Houston, TX 77056
Dr. Ann Gebuhr* 1978-present email@example.com
Dr. David Wehr 1979-1999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Nancy McCreary 1979-2004 email@example.com
Dr. Robert Reid 1980-2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
810 Kellogg Street
Carthage, TX 75633
Dr. Robert Zwick 1981-1995 zwick@LCC.net
86 Creekwood Drive
Montgomery, TX 77356
Dr. Dan Kramlich* 1981-present email@example.com
Dr. Sarah Rideout-Slight 1982-1994 firstname.lastname@example.org
5873 Harrison Road
Venice, FL 34293-6835
Mary Ellen Spore 1987-2005 email@example.com
201 Vanderpool Ln. #24
Houston, TX 77024
Dr. Rhonda Furr* 1989-present firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kathy Cinatl 1990-1992 email@example.com
264 McBath Street
State College, PA 16801
continued on p. 18
Ms. Colleen Mallette 1991-1994 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Mr. John Hendrickson* 1992-present email@example.com
Ms. Melanie Smith 1995-1998 firstname.lastname@example.org
24223 Baxter Drive
Malibu, CA 90265
Ms. Billie Hagemeier 1995-2001 email@example.com
4613 Ridgepointe Drive
The Colony, TX 75056
Dr. Richard Spitz 1996-2003 firstname.lastname@example.org
18007 Concho River Ct.
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dr. John Yarrington* 1999-present email@example.com
Ms. Lynda McKnight* 2000-present firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Robin Roewe* 2000-present email@example.com
Dr. Richard Fiese* 2000-present firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rick Piersall* 2002-present email@example.com
Mr. Robert McElroy* 2003-present firstname.lastname@example.org
*Current faculty addresses:
7502 Fondren Road
Houston, TX 77074-3298
Ray Fliegel (1918-2005)
Ray Fliegel was recruited by Dr. Claude Rhea, the first Dean of the School of Fine Arts of
Houston Baptist College in 1963. He was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra from
1936, serving as concertmaster from 1946 until 1971, and remaining with the symphony until
retiring in 1994. During his distinguished career, he taught at Houston Baptist College, University
of Houston and Rice University. According to Dr. Don Looser, Vice-President for Academic
Affairs, Mr. Fliegel brought violin students into his teaching studio at HBC and was responsible in
securing a number of Houston Symphony musicians to teach applied lessons. During these years,
the University benefited from his HSO ties, with guest appearances on our campus by André
Previn, Doc Severensen, Andre Watts and others. Of Mr. Fliegel, Dr. Looser notes: His tenure and
contribution was considerable and very generous. He was the most gracious man ever.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that Schola
CHORAL Cantorum has been invited to sing for the Southwestern
Division of the American Choral Directors in St. Louis in
— Dr. John Yarrington
March of 2006. This invitation is an honor, as the HBU
ensemble was only one of three other collegiate choirs
The HBU Choral Department was extremely active selected in the state of Texas. In addition, Schola was
during the 2004-05 school year. Three major choral chosen to premiere a choral commission, named in honor
concerts were given by the choirs of HBU during this year. of Raymond Brock, a former ACDA luminary.
The first program featured Dr. Daniel Kramlich’s Mass
with orchestra and soloists. The second was a concert of
spirituals. Student conductors Dusten Melear and Meredith
Hemmenway each directed one of the pieces. The final INSTRUMENTAL
concert featured the Beethoven Mass in C with orchestra
— Mr. Robert McElroy
and soloists Breanna Richardson, soprano, Toni Ruffino,
contralto, John J. Worthen, tenor, and returning graduate,
Matthew Parker, bass. The 2004-2005 academic year was another time of
dramatic change for our department. Mr. Robert McElroy
completed his first official year as Director of Instrumental
Activities and our outstanding applied studio instructional
staff continued developing larger and more accomplished
The skill, talent and dedication of our staff of affiliate
artists continues the University’s tradition of providing its
students opportunities to study with some of the finest
professional musicians in the exciting Houston area. Our
instrumental artists include Teresa Grawunder (flute), Steve
Hoyle (woodwinds), Kevin McIntyre (horn), Dr. Dan
Shipman (trumpet), Thomas Hulten (low brass), Lovie
Camerata, a small auditioned group out of University Smith-Schenk (percussion), Rodica Weber (violin), Mary
Singers has had an outstanding year and was featured on Fulgham (viola), Greg Garcia (double bass), Kimberly
each of the three programs. Schola Cantorum also had a Snaufer (harp), Eve Woodard (jazz guitar) and Mark
busy season, singing in the major concerts, as well as for Moore (classical guitar).
the Blue Bird luncheon, the Junior League of Houston, the The HBU Husky Basketball Pep Band is exceptional!
staff Christmas dinner at Grace Presbyterian Church and Many thanks go to the men’s and women’s teams, Coach
the University Place Luncheon for chaplains and chaplains’ and Ms. Cottrell and Coach Brown for their support of our
assistants, sponsored by Norma Lowder. efforts and for the championship basketball played by both
All State Choir Camp was held on campus July 18-21. teams. What a season! We hope you will join us next
Over 100 area high school students learned music for the season and support the Husky teams and the Pep Band! If
all-state auditions, assisted by outstanding High School you come – bring your horn and SIT IN!!!!
Choral directors, the HBU voice faculty, and HBU students. The Symphonic Band and Orchestra experienced a year
Dr. John Yarrington directed the full ensemble. full of great music-making. The string students’
Dusten Melear is the first recipient of the John participation in Rice University’s Campanile Orchestra
Yarrington Fellowship in Choral Conducting, which honors provides them with excellent full ensemble opportunities.
an outstanding conductor and provides one-third tuition The band produced concerts to the delight of our
for the year. This fellowship is given by Richard and GROWING audiences! The orchestra and band combined
Candace Falk who are members of the First Presbyterian for a wonderful spring concert in Glasscock Center. As is
Church of Houston. tradition, the Symphonic Band performed for HBU
Commencement ceremonies in February and May.
Dan and Jane Gawthrop visited campus in May 2005
to greet students who participated in the concert of Mr. A unique HBU experiment turned into a tradition this
Gawthrop’s music, sponsored by KUHF last year. Two year. The Second Annual HBU Invitational Two-Year
commissioned works were premiered during that concert, College Band Festival was held in January 2005. Band
First Light, written for the Schola Cantorum, and Come, O students from several two-year colleges in Texas came to
Thou Traveler, Unknown, for the combined choirs and the HBU for a day of rehearsals, tours of the campus and a
Ft. Bend Boys Choir. public concert that evening. The students combined to
provide approximately 75 players who performed several
challenging and demanding works for band (including
compositions by Hindemith, Hanson, Williams, Lauridsen, — Ms. Lynda McKnight
The Instrumental Department was blessed (as was the The Department of Vocal Studies had a banner year in
entire College) to have Dr. Robert Linder with us this year. 2004-2005. From the opening convocation to the final
Countless areas of School of Music were improved and concert of the year, voice students stayed busy and found
will continue to be enhanced by measures that he helped growth and success through their endeavors.
set in place during his short year with us. Our thanks go to
him for his devotion to the music program and especially One of the highlights of the Fall Quarter was our
to the instrumental division. annual participation in the National Association of
Teachers of Singing Texoma Regional Conference and
The 2005-2006 year will see even more excitement in Competition. Hosted this year by the University of North
the department. Recruitment is going to have a major Texas, 16 students, two staff accompanists and three
impact this next year on our growth and especially on our faculty attended the event held in Denton on November 11
performance standards. Juries, recitals and performances in – 13. Four HBU students and one alumna were selected as
general will soar to new levels of accomplishment. HBU is semi-finalists. They were Erika Zieschang, Breanna
the PLACE to BE with our increased enrollment, new Richardson, Christina Paz, Nerissa Rawls, and Rachael
Dean of the College (HBU instrumental music graduate – Castillo.
Dr. Brian Runnels), and new Director of the School of
Music (our own Dr. John Yarrington). It is indeed a great
time to be at HBU!
If you know any students who would be interested in
instrumental music studies at HBU (especially as
preparation for a career in music education), please
encourage them to contact the College (281/649-3338) or
Mr. McElroy directly (email@example.com). Exciting things
are happening at HBU! Thank you in advance for your
KEYBOARD (l-r) Nerissa Rawls, Rachel Mixon, Erika Zieschang,
Rajiv Kumar, Spring ’05 opera production of Hansel
— Mr. John Hendrickson and Gretal.
The Piano Department was pleased to present their Also in November, 10 students, led by department
newly restored Hamburg Steinway in Mabee Theater last chair Lynda Keith McKnight, traveled to New York City
season. Restoration included new hammers, strings, and for a five day field trip offered as part of the Senior
regulation, and made an already beautiful instrument even Seminar in Opera Literature, taught by McKnight. This
better. HBU can boast of one of the finest concert grand course, which is scheduled every other year, introduces
pianos anywhere. students to the world of opera, and included “watching
parties” for viewing opera productions on DVD and
Alfonso Montecino, pianist, visited our campus in the
subsequent discussion groups. Highlights of the New York
fall for several master classes in piano and in composition.
trip were performances at the Metropolitan Opera of
Mr. Montecino, Professor Emeritus for over 40 years at
Puccini’s La Bohéme and Wagner’s Tannhauser;
Indiana University, is a friend and mentor of Dr. Ann
performances of Cinderella at New York City Opera; and a
Gebuhr while she was a student at IU.
revival of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town on Broadway.
The organ area at HBU instituted a scholarship Earlier in the quarter students from the class were the
program this year for high school juniors and seniors. guests of Houston Grand Opera at a final orchestra dress
After auditions, four pupils were accepted into the rehearsal of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which they viewed
program that provides a year of class organ for its from both audience and backstage perspectives. They were
recipients. Students of organ at HBU enjoy lessons on the also given an extensive tour of the opera house’s backstage,
great 74-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at First technical, rehearsal and production areas by HGO
education director Gary Gibb. Students also attended a • Choral Literature
performance of Verdi’s La Traviata at Houston’s Opera in Surveys the wealth of choral literature; examine the
the Heights, which was directed by Lynda McKnight. church's song as it has evolved from chorale through
Throughout the year, students were occupied with anthem, cantata and oratorio with specific emphasis
student recitals, both as participants and audience on developing a library of suitable works, many of
members. Eight students offered Junior Recitals, two whom are smaller, more practical songs and
offered Senior Recitals, and one offered an Alumna Recital. anthems for weekly use; contemporary trends in the
Students were also heard as soloists in all of the choral church's song also addressed
concerts presented throughout the year, and student soloists • Christian Worship and Music
were featured in the Spring Concert performing
Beethoven’s Mass in C. Surveys the practice of worship and music from
Biblical times through contemporary worship;
Through the generosity of two of our most dedicated provides practice in planning and leading worship;
patrons, Drs. George Scheuch and Linda Kuisk, a on-site class participation in several worship services
scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding voice included
major. The student must be a junior or senior and have at
least one year remaining at HBU. This year’s recipient was
Christina Paz. Skill-based courses teach applied practices needed in the
• Technical Skills for the Church Musician
CHURCH MUSIC Designed to aid the skill set needs of the students
enrolled; areas explored may include the church
— Dr. Rhonda Furr organ, handbells, keyboards, multi-media and
computer technology (including music writing
programs), sound systems and mic techniques
HBU is pleased to announce significant changes to the • Church Music Leadership
church music program. In an effort to present a balanced
curriculum that includes both historical and contemporary Study of contemporary approaches to the planning
practices of church music, the School of Music created new for and leading of music ministry programs in
courses and restructured or replaced most of the courses churches, including differing worship styles;
within the degree. While acknowledging that traditional significant contact with professionals in the field and
hymnody is an important part of today’s worship, the new study competencies needed in administration and
church music program also includes training in the most leadership; unique skills required for planning and
recent trends in worship leading music in worship from Liturgical to
Contemporary traditions addressed
The new curriculum includes two types of courses, all
of which include both historical practice and contemporary • Choral Arranging
practices of church music. Practical study of the techniques of arranging music
Foundational courses provide historical and philosophical for worship in the 21st century; study will include
study and analysis: choral arranging for traditional choirs and creating
arrangements for Contemporary Worship Music.
• Foundations of Music Ministry Writing and reading chord charts included
Assists the student in developing a philosophy of • Internship in Church Music
music that is applicable to all styles of worship
Work in supervised music ministry program
• Congregational Song
• Vocal Techniques for Children and Youth
Surveys the great heritage of hymnody, spiritual
songs, and contemporary Christian worship music; Included in curriculum, although not one of the
course focuses on the texts and music of cognate courses
congregational song from a historical and cultural
perspective, including recent trends in this unique
expression of corporate worship
Rhonda Furr, professor, has been active baritone and Mr. Hendrickson collaborated in May with a
both in the community and on campus recital with both vocal repertoire and piano works. Their
during the 2004-2005 academic year. She recital will be performed again September 17th in Duncan
was named permanent organist for First Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music as part of Mr.
Presbyterian Church in Houston where she Piersall’s Doctoral degree requirements at Rice University.
has enjoyed working with FPC Choral Over the summer, Mr. Hendrickson along with his
Director, John Yarrington. During the year, colleagues Dr. Dan Kramlich, Rodica Weber (violin) and
she accompanied several major choral concerts and Jeffrey Butler (cello) had another successful Chamber
programs. She has been extremely busy at HBU where she Music Institute in June.
edited and published the sixth (and now seventh) issue of
Mr. Hendrickson is planning a recital at HBU before
HBUpbeat — the Music Alumni Newsletter, compiled Clef
Christmas with a Russian program including works by
Notes — the School of Music’s journal for outstanding
Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky.
papers, served as faculty sponsor for Sigma Phi Lambda,
planned and led the summer 2005 Academic Tour of Spain
and France, presented a program on hymnody to the HBU Daniel Kramlich, associate professor,
Retirees’ Association and spoke in Convocation on prayer. was promoted to full Professor. His
The year has been one of relief, recovery and celebration in compositions were performed numerous
the safe return of her son from Iraq. She has enjoyed times including his Mass for Chorus and
having the same University breaks and vacation schedule as Orchestra, Cantate Domino (SATB), Sweet
her husband, Dr. James Furr, who was hired as a member Hour of Prayer, Gate of the Lord (for SATB
of the Christianity faculty. and Brass Quintet), and others. In addition, he adjudicated
at several competitions and festivals, including UIL Solo &
Ensemble at Katy H.S. and Gold Cup Festival in Houston.
Ann Gebuhr, professor, presented a
Dr. Kramlich is currently working on the production of a
lecture series on Hildegard von Bingen,
concert of new music to be held at the studio space of
spoke and had a composition performed at
sculptor David Adickes in October.
the Indiana University 80th birthday
celebration for Alfonso Montecino,
presented a lecture on her opera Bonhoeffer
at the National Opera Association meeting
Robert McElroy, assistant professor, has
in NYC, presented a session on Hildegard von Bingen for
completed his first official year at HBU. He
St. Mark’s Episcopal First Tuesday lecture series, and
served the previous year as interim director.
completed a sabbatic leave to write Mass for Peace, a work
Enrollment in the Symphonic Band has
that will be premiered in the coming Spring. She also
doubled with 40 musicians in the ensemble.
received an invitation to present a performance/lecture at
The quality of the orchestra continues to
the Rothko Chapel for the Image Conference in November
improve. Mr. McElroy anticipates that the
and completed a commission from the Foundation for
enrollment will continue to grow.
Universal Sacred Music (premiere performance in NYC in
October), Pax Vobiscum for eight-part choir, organ and McElroy’s Houston Symphonic Band experiences
bells. continuing success. The group performs regularly in the
Houston and Southeast Texas area. The high points of this
season have included concerts with Col. Alan Bonner
John Hendrickson, associate professor, (USAF, ret.), Francis McBeth (May 20, 2005), Robert
opened last season with a duo concert in Sheldon (July 21, 2005) and an unprecedented fourth
September with John and his wife Patricia, invitation to perform for the Texas Bandmasters
soprano. Mr. Hendrickson attests that their Association convention in San Antonio on July 23, 2005.
relationship was “love at first gig.” The
Robert’s proudest new recruit for the HBU program is
two celebrated their Silver Anniversary in
his stepson, Steven. Steven (a wonderful horn player) will
August. Next year, they look forward to their daughter
study with Kevin McIntyre. Robert and Marie (his wife)
Celeste (a soprano like her mother) being enrolled as a
traveled to the People’s Republic of China last summer on
music major at HBU.
a preview tour that the Houston Symphonic Band will take
Mr. Hendrickson performed in several chamber and in June of 2007.
ensemble programs. His trio Tre Voci had two important
concerts last year, one at HBU and the other in San Juan,
Puerto Rico. John and his wife were fortunate to return to
San Juan later again to perform. Mr. Rick Piersall,
Lynda K. McKnight, assistant professor, Chorale at the Centrum in Spring, TX. While serving as
adjudicated at Texas State Solo and music and worship associate at Kingsland Baptist Church,
Ensemble Competition, performed in two Mr. Roewe presented seminars in vocal health during the
concerts in the Dedication Concert Series, annual music ministry conference, toured the United
Mirtha G. Dunn Interfaith Chapel, Kingdom on a fourteen day mission trip with
Memorial-Hermann Hospital, was Stage approximately 40 members of Kingsland’s choir, orchestra
Director for La Traviata at Opera in the and band, attended the Saddleback music and worship
Heights, Houston, and presented a Recital/Masterclass at conference, and lead worship for Kingsland’s family camp
Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Academy. She was also a soloist for at Shepherd of the Ozarks. Mr. Roewe also appeared as a
the HBU Winter Choral Concert, directed and produced guest soloist with several church music ministries in the
both the Winter Opera Gala and Spring production, greater Houston area and attended a church music
including six performances at schools and churches. She symposium at Baylor University.
was also active in the community and in her church with
volunteer projects and fundraising events.
Dr. John Yarrington, professor, was the
clinician for the Florida American Choral
Richard Piersall, assistant professor, was Director's meeting in November with the
admitted to the Rice University DMA topic: Working with Vocalists and
program under full fellowship. He also Instrumentalists. Yarrington was also guest
presented the following performances: bass director for the second time at the Ft. Bend
soloist with Houston Chamber Choir for Messiah, featuring choirs from the district,
Haydn’s Creation, bass soloist with the Rice the Austin High School Orchestra, and auditioned soloists.
Chorale for Rossini’s Stabat Mater, sang the In January, he participated in a seminar in New York, led
part of Jesus with the Houston Bach Society in Bach’s St. by composer, Alice Parker.
Johannes Passion, soloist for Mozart Concert with Hans Two children's anthems have been published by
Graf conducting the Rice Symphony, bass soloist with the MoringStar Press: Sing Praise and Hallelujah and All
Kingwood Musical Arts Society for Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Things Bright and Musical. Three new adult anthems are
and presented a faculty recital with John Hendrickson. He in the James Jordan Choral Series with G.I.A. and are in
served on the Visiting Committee for Music for Abilene production.
Christian University and received the Professional Studies
Certificate in Opera from Temple University. He and his Yarrington continues his work with the Chancel Choir
wife, Pamela, celebrated the first birthday of their daughter of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. The choir
Anlyn Mélodie Christine in September. made a fifteen day trip to Romania and Hungary in the
summer 2004 with 14 HBU students joining the choir as
Robin Roewe, assistant professor, sang On campus, Yarrington serves as Faculty Athletic
the role of Uriel in Haydn’s Creation with Representative, actively involving himself in basketball,
the Houston Chamber Choir. He also volleyball, softball and baseball. He is also Faculty
performed the roles of Obadiah and Ahab Advisor to Kappa Alpha fraternity.
in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with both the
Baylor Symphony and choral union for the
Baylor President’s Concert, and the Sam
Houston State University Symphony and choral union in a
joint performance with the Cypress Creek Community
HBU School of Music Concert Schedule
2005 – 2006
Saturday, September 17 8 p.m., Faculty Recital, Richard Piersall, baritone
Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University
Sunday, September 18 5 p.m., Faculty Recital, Dr. Rhonda Furr, organ
First Presbyterian Church, 5300 South Main
Thursday, November 3 8 p.m., Fall Choral Concert
Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee
Wednesday, December 14 6 p.m., Christmas Worship Service
HBU Mabee Theater
Saturday, January 21 6 p.m., HBU Band Festival Concert
HBU M. D. Anderson Center
Friday, February 10 8 p.m., Winter Choral Concert
Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee
March 30 – April 2 7:30 p.m./Thurs.-Sat., 3:00 p.m./Sun.
HBU Spring Opera Production, HBU Mabee Theater
Friday, April 21 7:00 p.m., Orchestra Spring Concert
HBU Mabee Theater
Friday, April 21 8:00 p.m., Band Spring Concert
Friday, May 5 8:00 p.m., Spring Choral Concert
Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee
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