Night at the HFAC

18 Reasons To Stay Up Late for Night at the HFAC

Night at the HFAC is a student-run event designed to showcase student performances and projects as well as any type of creative work from all the departments and schools in the College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC) to the entire student body at BYU. Students will share through dance, theatre, music, the visual and media arts. This exciting event aims to help BYU students see what fellow classmates are working on behind-the-scenes. Our college has an extraordinary amount of talent and we are excited to experience it, so, we made a list of all the reasons you should attend this glorious mashup of all things CFAC.

First off, here are all the details you need to know for a fun-filled night.

Date: March 25, 2016

Time: 10pm- 1am   (Yes, you read that correctly!)

Location: Harris Fine Arts Center and Museum of Art (9-11pm only)

Who: All BYU students are invited. See the Facebook Event.

Dress: Casual

Why: See all 18 reasons below.

Quiet House

1. Quiet House Performance

You might recognize this chamber folk group from Art After Dark at the MOA last semester. Band members include: Stuart Wheeler, Alyssa Pyper, Sydney Howard, Robert Willes, Stephen Cope and Pat Campbell.

2. Trombone Choir

Opening the show that night will be the Trombone Choir, playing “Fanfare For the Common Man” by Aaron Copland. The brass players from the BYU Philharmonic will be performing right in the gallery of the HFAC to welcome students. 

3. Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Mark Ammons, the BYU Jazz Ensemble performs locally and regionally and provides a tremendous training situation for up and coming jazz musicians. In their latest performance Straight, No Chaser! They performed straight-up jazz standards with special guests Ray Smith, saxophone, and Steve Call, tuba. They’ll be sure to set the mood this evening with some smooth jazz and fun rhythms.

4. Folk Ensemble

Mark Geslison directs this student ensemble, skilled at a variety of traditional musical forms including American Cajun, bluegrass, Celtic and much more.

5. Animation Films

Award winning animation films created by BYU students will be projected on the walls of the fourth floor in the HFAC throughout the night. These films include PapaOwned and Ramhorn.

6. Student Art Exhibits and Gallery Walks

When you are wandering from one performance to the other, take a look at the exhibits in the galleries around you. Many of them will be featuring BFA shows, giving you something artistic and unique everywhere you go that night.

7. Photoshoot Opportunity

With photo booths and selfie sticks all the rage, it’s no surprise an event like this will have an opportunity to snap a few photos! A photo station will be set up in the A230 studio in the tunnel of the HFAC. Photography students will be taking photos of you and your friends that you can keep.

The Surface

8. Student Films

In addition to animation, you can also see other student award-winning films and documentaries like “The Surface” by Willem Kampenhout. Kampenhout won Best Emerging Director at the Other Worlds Austin Film Festival for his film.

9. Traditionz Dance Ensemble

Traditionz comprises a 32 member dance ensemble selected yearly by special audition. This group presents an informative and entertaining folk dance performance in public schools throughout the state of Utah.

10. School of Music Student Recitals

Several BYU students from the School of Music will be performing on various solo instruments including flute beatboxing, cello, contemporary voice and even an honors quartet.

11. Music Dance Theatre

The triple threat students from MDT will be showcasing some of their talents throughout the night. Be sure to stop by and see what they have been working on this year.

12. Divine Comedy

The well-known BYU sponsored comedy group will also be gracing us with their presence and seemingly endless supply of jokes. According to their site, the group aims to provide clean and inspiring comedy to all, showing that life is funny and to laugh when times get tough.

13. Performances by the Mask Club

The mask club at BYU is comprised of student directors who prepare, adapt, or write a script, hold auditions, rehearse and perform productions each week. Most of the students prior to the class have never directed a production before. They will be performing one of these productions, “King and the Magician,” that night.

14. Studio Y Karaoke and Recording Studio

If you’ve never heard of it before, Studio Y is a recording studio in the HFAC where students can record auditions and film scores. This night, you’ll have the unique opportunity to get a small tour of the studio and recording equipment. Plus, you can record yourself singing and get an mp3 version to keep!


15. Free Showing of “Twelfth Night”

This is perhaps the best deal of the night! In case you missed it, (or just want to see it again) there will be a FREE and full showing of “Twelfth Night” by BYU Young Company. This is not any ordinary show though. Adapted and Directed by Megan Sanborn Jones, rip-roaring action and high-falutin’ song and dance meet Shakespeare’s poetry in this cowboy version of “Twelfth Night” that encourages audience members of all ages to look beneath outward appearances and value people for the qualities they have on the inside. So grab your hats, buckle on your spurs, and come on over for the best little Shakespeare show in the West!

16. Ballroom Dance Performance

With an acclaimed medalist program providing regular adjudication by national and international judge and as an accredited dance major, the ballroom emphasis allows students to receive beginning through advanced training in American and International styles of Standard Ballroom and Latin American Dance. With more than 4,000 students enrolling in ballroom dance classes each year, this university program is the largest of its kind. Some of these students will be dancing through the HFAC for all to see.

17. Much More at the MOA

As if the above reasons are not enough, there is even more to see at the Museum of Art next door. The MOA will be staying open late from 9-11pm to join the party with concert pianists, jazz piano and singing performances. Start the evening off at the MOA and head over to the HFAC to enjoy more fun-filled entertainment!

18. IT’S ALL FREE and there will be food

The best part of the whole night lies in the fact that all of it is FREE.  The performances, showings, photoshoot, recordings, and production of “Twelfth Night” are all free for your enjoyment. This is a rare opportunity for most students to experience many of the performances and productions. One thing is for sure, it is a night you won’t want to miss!  

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