The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 2, Ed. 1, Tuesday, October 13, 1998 Page: 7 of 12
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School of Music welcomes new professors
fry Sarah Wilson
The Hardin-Simmons University School of
Music known for its outstanding faculty and music pro-
gram lias added four new professors to its roster. Mrs.
Kccia Ashford Dr. Lynncttc Bcrman Dr. Robert
Brooks and Dr. Thomas Rowcll have all come to HSU
to share their love of music with the students that desire
to study it.
Ashford comes to HSU from the Connecticut
College in New London Conn. Her undergraduate stud-
ies focused on vocal performance at the University of
Iowa in Iowa City. She received her masters degree in
vocal performance from Baylor University.
Ashford has performed in many operas and done
much recital work including Aspen Papers Hansel and
Grctel The Magic Flute and Dido and Aeneas. She has
graced audiences in places such as the Dallas and Ft.
Worth Operas the Wildwood Opera Theatre in Little
Rock Ark. and the Dcs Moines Metro Opera.
Ashford's goals while at HSU focus on passing on
the knowledge and experience of her teachings to
younger generations and to help students become more
confident centered motivated and positive while study-
Although not new to the Big Country area living
in Abilene is an adjustment for Ashford.
"Abilene has surprised me. I expected blowing
sand hot winds and scorpions and instead received
warm smiles open arms and kind deeds" she said.
Ashford has been married for seven years. She
enjoys cats collecting Flo-Blue china and considers
herself a connoisseur of women non-fiction writers.
A native of Houston Texas Dr. Lynncttc Borman
brings her love of music to HSU from Ohio State
University where she recently received her doctorate in
vocal performance. She completed her undergraduate
work at Baylor University in music education with an
emphasis in choral conducting and finished her masters
at Ohio State in vocal performance.
Borman's range of performances vary from numer-
ous opera roles including Cosi Fan Tutte The Barber of
Seville and Orfeo Ed Euridicc to musical theatre roles
in Side By Side By Sondheim and South Pacific. Borman
hopes to continue to sing and have success in perform-
ing for herself and to learn much about teaching.
Borman finds it enjoyable that everyone here is so
friendly and willing to help ranging from students and
faculty to the landscape artists around campus.
Borman's interests include cooking hiking and going to
Dr. Robert Brooks returns to Texas from the Juliard
School in New York City where he served in arts admin-
istration and taught for three years. He intended to do his
internship at the Juliard School and ended up staying.
For his undergraduate work he studied at Baylor
University where he received a bachelor's degree in
voice and music education. He attended Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth receiving a
masters degree and doctorate degree in church music.
Brooks has had many opportunities to use his
church music instruction but has also taken the opportu-
nity to perform in several musical theatre and opera pro-
ductions such as South Pacific Guys and Dolls Grand
Hotel 1776 and The Merry Wives Of Windsor. He is the
director of the Church Music program and the HSU
"I am really excited to be here and to have the
opportunity to work with students in church music and
to sec what lays ahead of us in the 21st century in that
field" said Brooks.
Lindscy Clark a member of Chorale says "Dr.
Brooks is a very joyful and exuberant person. You can
tell that he loves what he does and that he loves the beau-
ty aspect of music."
The Hardin-Simmons University School of Music
will continue to produce outstanding musicians with
gifted professors such as these.
Editor's note: Dr. Thomas Rowcll was unavailable for an
Patillo retires after 40 years
by Alicia Chandler
Peggy Patillo the beloved secretary of
the HSU School of Music will retire this year
just shy of 40 years of service. Her sweet
smile and enormous heart have been the high-
light of countless students since August of
Patillo recalls her first day at HSU as if
it were yesterday.
"I really didn't think I'd get hired" she
laughed as she listed her lack of qualifica-
tions. "No experience no money I hadn't
typed in so long I thought I'd forgotten how"
During her interview with former dean
Dr. William S. Mathis Patillo was instructed
to type a letter from the dictaphone.
"The way my desk sat he could see me.
I was so nervous because I could barely
type" she reminisced.
At the forgotten spelling of the word
"proffessor" Patillo glanced to make sure
Mathis wasn't looking and praying he didn't
notice she pulled out the dictionary from
under her desk.
"I so worried he would sec me and think
I was an idiot but later I found out he did sec
me and it was the only reason he hired me! It
definitely wasn't because of my typing" she
Several deans later Patillo is still with
us "in the same desk doing the same stuff
plus a bunch more." This pleasant lady is a
wife mother grandmother almost great-
grandmother former preacher's wife and a
full-time secretary "but not a musician!"
Patillo says people have always asked
her "Don't you find it hard working for musi-
cians?" and she responSs "No. Maybe it's
because I'm not one but I have thoroughly
enjoyed 99 of the people. We won't talk
about the other 1."
When Patillo came to HSU there was
no Cowboy Band Hall or Woodard-Dellis
Recital Hall. There was only one music build-
ing which both vocalists and instrumentalists
shared. Mr. Hager and Mr. Hanna were
sophomores. Not only docs she remember
them she remembers their roommates (one
of whom was Mr. Preston) and all of their
"Dr. Wools was one of the best student
workers I've ever had" said a coy Patillo.
Calling all of our revered professors by
their first names Patillo said with a familiar
smile "They're all good kids." The students
are the favorite aspect of her job.
Gamma Beta Phi
When: October 5 through October 9
October 12 through October 15
Where: Table in Moody Center
Times: During lunch and dinner
Donations of childrens' books
preschool through preteen will be
accepted. Cash donations will also be
Donations will go to Hendrick Home
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The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 2, Ed. 1, Tuesday, October 13, 1998, newspaper, October 13, 1998; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth97669/m1/7/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.