Celebrating 29 years of the Phillip H. Lowe Performing Arts Series

In the 1993-94 academic year the Phillip H. Lowe Performing Arts Series presented its first season of concerts on the Hillsboro campus. Phillip Lowe, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts (retired), organized the series with the help of Dr. William Auvenshine and initial seed money from Hill College as well as help from Scotty Cason in enlisting community leader support. From the beginning, it was decided that the series would be free to the public and that donations from the public and financial help from Hill College would be our only means of support. From a very modest initial budget of $2,000, support, both financial and in attendance, has grown tenfold in the past twenty-four years.

The Phillip H. Lowe Performing Arts Series presents free-admission programs per year to students, faculty, staff, and the community.  These programs bring outstanding performing artists of all genres to Hillsboro each year and, in addition to the concerts, allow for those in attendance to interact with the artists in the receptions which follow each event.

If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a BENEFACTOR ($100), a SUSTAINER ($50), a PATRON ($25), or a SUPPORTER ($10) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a LIFETIME BENEFACTOR. Names of Lifetime Benefactors, Benefactors, Sustainers, Patrons, and Supporters appear in each program.

All support donations are charitable contributions. Your donation can be made by calling the cashier’s office at 254.659.7707 or mailing a check or money order to:

Dr. Bradley Bolick

Hill College Visual and Performing Arts

112 Lamar Dr.

Hillsboro, TX 76645




Waco Jazz Orchestra



7:30 p.m.

The Waco Jazz Orchestra (WJO) kicks off the Performing Arts Series. Since 1985, the WJO has been active performing at various locations in central Texas, including the Waco Hippodrome Theatre. The WJO has featured guest artists over the years, including Grammy-nominated trumpeter Bobby Shew, percussionist Jerry Steinholtz, and saxophonist Chris Vadala. Hill College Band Director Steve Hart will join the trumpet section of the WJO in this performance.




7:30 p.m.

The premier choral ensemble of Tarleton State University, the Chamber Choir, presents several concerts each year, including choral-symphonic collaborations with the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale. This year's performance season will feature the Fort Worth Symphony in a joint presentation of John Rutter's Gloria on Tarleton's Stephenville campus. The Chamber Choir frequently travels locally and abroad. Recent trips have included Ireland (2011), Japan (2015), and China (2018), where the Chamber Choir sang as part of the Xi'an International Choral Festival.

Tarleton State University Chamber Choir

Unbought music series



7:30 p.m.

“Unbought” is a music theatre piece featuring the dramatic stories of three African American women: Ida B. Wells, journalist and women’s suffrage activist; Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and mother of five of his children; and Shirley Chisholm, the first African American in the U.S. Congress and the first African American woman to run for President. The title of the show comes from Shirley Chisholm’s memoir, “Unbought and Unbossed”; the music is from popular and folk traditions and works by African American women composers.

Dave Washburn and the Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band


7:30 p.m.

The ensemble is one of the most requested groups in the DFW area performing in all the premier venues as well as being active in the community and private events across the state and bordering states. While the band's main focus is on performing traditional New Orleans jazz standards, they like to mix it up here and there with some blues, country, and pop favorites as well. 


 Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band