Special News

Centenary Choir joins with Shreveport Symphony to present Mozart's Requiem Saturday, March 8 at Riverview Theatre, 7:30pm

On Saturday, March 8, the Centenary College Choir is proud to join with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Northwestern Chamber Choir to present Mozart's "Requiem", one of the most celebrated of all choral works dealing with life and death. Then, the essence of life produces a different reflection in "To Notice Such Things", an elegant and poetic serenade by Jon Lord, from the rock band Deep Purple.

Centenary Choir Performs Benefit Concert for Cross Bayou Chapel & Conference Center

The Centenary College Choir performed a benefit concert on February 28, 2014 in the new Cross Bayou Chapel on the grounds of Camp Bethany south of Greenwood, LA continuing this year’s theme of “There and Back Again,” presenting a musical journey of creation. This concert is sponsored by and is intended to assist Cross Bayou Chapel and Conference Center, Inc. which has recently completed a beautiful chapel at Camp Bethany. The camp has been in existence since the 1980’s, but has never had a chapel among its facilities. In mid-2010, a vision was presented to the Cross Bayou Walk to Emmaus Community that would result in the building of this beautiful new chapel. Built to glorify God, the chapel is a gift from Cross Bayou Emmaus to Camp Bethany.

The Choir’s annual Choir Camp was located at Camp Bethany this past August, and all the rehearsals were conducted in the new Cross Bayou Chapel since the traditional Hodges Gardens location was not available.

The Cross Bayou Chapel was built with donations and pledges from Emmaus community members along with various fundraising efforts. The chapel cost $652,000 to construct, and interim financing was provided by Business First Bank which moved the loan to permanent financing this year. The local Emmaus community and supporters of the new chapel have paid all of that off except for about $50,000.00. The benefit concert was intended to assist Cross Bayou Chapel and Conference Center, Inc. to further reduce this indebtedness.

Centenary Choir and Camerata host annual High School Choral Festival February 14-15

The Hurley School of Music Choral Department will host its annual Choral Festival on February 14th and 15th, 2014. Four local high school choirs – Caddo Magnet, Captain Shreve, Byrd, and Airline – will be in residence for rehearsals and workshops, culminating in a performance on Saturday afternoon, February 15, at 4:00pm in Brown Chapel.

Saturday's concert will be a choral treat: In addition to performing selections separately, six ensembles – the four guest high schools and the College's two ensembles, Centenary College Choir and Camerata – will combine to perform works by Hogan, Stanford, and Eklund.

America's Singing Ambassadors tour Texas and Louisiana

The Centenary College Choir will tour United Methodist congregations in Texas and Louisiana, January 16-19. This tour is a part of the over 30 performances the choir planned for the 2013-14 academic year. The current leg of their tour will take them from Plano down through the Houston area:

• January 16: Custer Road United Methodist Church, Plano, TX, 7:00 p.m.
• January 17: Christ United Methodist Church, College Station, TX, 7:00 p.m.
• January 18: Christ United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX, 7:00 p.m.
• January 19: Westbury United Methodist Church, Houston, TX, Morning Services
• January 19: Henning Memorial United Methodist Church, Sulphur, LA, 6:00 p.m.

The 2013-2014 program exemplifies the unique nature of the Choir’s programming with the theme, “There and Back Again,” presenting a musical journey of creation. Highlights include Rene Clausen’s All that Hath Life and Breath, Rosephanye Powell’s The Word was God, and Eric Barnum’s ethereal Dawn. Two spirituals offers glimpse of God’s people crying out in the wilderness, Moses Hogan’s robust Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel and Mack Wilberg’s exquisite Deep River. The Choir will also present sets from two Broadway musicals, Children of Eden and Into the Woods.

Hailed as "America's Singing Ambassadors," the Centenary Choir has traveled for seven decades with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Broadway, world folk music to contemporary church music, and oratorio to opera. The Choir was organized in 1941 by Dr. A. C. "Cheesy" Voran, and has performed throughout the world, giving concerts in 32 nations on six continents. The Choir is affiliated with Centenary’s Hurley School of Music and offers scholarships for all its members. Members audition November through February for the following term. Persons wishing to audition should contact the director of the choir to arrange an appointment.

Centenary College Choir to present annual Christmas program on KTBS

December 22, 5:30pm KTBS
December 24, 10:35pm KTBS
December 24 & 25 - various times on KTBS 24 Hour News Station

Centenary College Choir to perform at annual Christmas Candlelight service Friday, December 6, 6:00pm - Brown Chapel

The annual Christmas Candlelight Service at Centenary College will be held Friday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. with gathering music beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Brown Memorial Chapel. The Centenary family extends a warm invitation to the Shreveport-Bossier community to attend this traditional free holiday event.

The Centenary College Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Hobson, and Camerata, under the direction of Professor Cory Wikan, will provide the music for the Candlelight Service. Organist Dr. Hollice Watson and a brass ensemble will accompany them. In addition to the choral performances, the choirs will lead the congregation in singing traditional hymns. The service will close with the lighting of candles and singing Silent Night.

Centenary College Choir presents Rhapsody in View
November 2-3, 2013

The Centenary College Choir presents Rhapsody in View at the Riverview Theater November 2-3, 2013. Co-sponsored by the Downtown Lions Club, Rhapsody in View is an annual tradition dating back to 1949.

This year's Rhapsody in View program explores a musical journey of creation with the theme, There and Back Again. Highlights include Rene Clausen's "All that Hath Life and Breath," Rosephanye Powell’s "The Word was God," Eric Barnum's ethereal "Dawn," and Tom Scott's dramatic "The Creation." Two spirituals offer a glimpse of God's people crying out in the wilderness: Moses Hogan's robust "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" and Mack Wilberg's exquisite "Deep River." The Choir will also present sets from two Broadway musicals: Stephen Schwart's Children of Eden and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, as well as other crowd favorites. There is something for everyone at Rhapsody!

The Shreveport Downtown Lions Club has co-sponsored the event since its inception. This year's proceeds will help fund sight conservation, Lions Eye Research Foundation, the Northwest Louisiana Lions Eye Bank, and the Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.

Centenary College Choir & First United Methodist Church present "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" Worship Festival Sunday, October 20 3:00pm

Centenary College Choir & First United Methodist Church present "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" Worship Festival Sunday, October 20, 2013 3:00pm
The Centenary College Choir and First United Methodist Church of Shreveport are presenting a festival worship experience, "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing," Sunday, October 20, at 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

The service will also feature First Methodist Brass and organist Ray Peebles, all under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. John Dickson, Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana State University.

Dickson is one of the premier collegiate and church choral conductors in America. He has served as Dean of the School of Music at Mercer University, Director of Choral Activities at Texas Tech University, and as Director of Choral Studies at Southern Seminary. Internationally known as a conducting pedagogue, Dickson has presented master-classes before the Association of British Choral Directors and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow, served as adjudicator for international choral festivals, and conducted workshops throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, and Canada. He has served as conductor and guest clinician for numerous state, regional, and national American Choral Director Association conventions, All-State choruses, and choral festivals around the world.

The worship experience will feature classic and new sacred anthems sung by a mass festival choir numbering more than a hundred singers as well as favorite hymn arrangements for the congregation.

First United Methodist Church of Shreveport is located at 500 Common Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 318-429-6887.

Centenary Choir tours south Louisiana

The Centenary College Choir will tour southern Louisiana from October 2-6, 2013. This tour is a part of the over 30 performances the choir has planned for the 2013-14 academic year, with visits throughout Louisiana and Texas. The current leg of their tour will take them from Lafayette to Baton Rouge:

• October 2: Nolley Memorial UMC, Jena, LA, 7:00 p.m.
• October 3: St. Edmond Catholic Church, Lafayette, LA, 7:00 p.m.
• October 4: First Methodist Church, Ponchatoula, LA, 7:00 p.m.
• October 5: St. Johns UMC, Baton Rouge, LA, 6:00 p.m.
• October 6: First Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA morning services
First Methodist Church, Pineville, LA, 6:00 p.m.

Centenary Choir performs mini-concert at Grace United Methodist Church

Centenary College Choir is performing a mini-concert at Grace Community United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:30pm. The performance is in conjunction with Reverend Mande Muyombo's visit to Centenary College and Grace Community United Methodist Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Centenary Choir embarks on Italy tour

Building on an international travel legacy of over 50 years, the Centenary College Choir will be touring Italy for two weeks, May 7-May 20, 2013. The Choir will be performing several concerts and services in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. The engagements include singing mass at St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican, something that the Choir has only done once before in 1985.

Exploring other cultures of the world, as well as engaging them musically, has always been a significant part of the Choir's purpose. For the students, Italy offers such rich levels of history, religion, and music built up on top of one another. The students not only have the opportunity to represent the College and our country, but also to absorb this rich culture. Italy has long been an important cog in church music as well as the birthplace of opera. Included in the itinerary are visits to some of the most famous cathedrals and basilicas in the world, but also the birthplaces and work centers of important musical figures like Palestrina, Puccini, and Stradivari.

The tour group of 65 includes 50 students, college staff, friends, and family.

Centenary College Choir joins with First United Methodist Church Chamber Choir to present Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor.

The Centenary College Choir is teaming up with the First United Methodist Church Chamber Choir to present one of the great choral masterworks: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor. Conceived on the scope of such works like Bach’s B Minor Mass, the composition is significant as Mozart wrote it for personal reasons rather than commission, offering a glimpse of the full breadth of the composer’s unbridled creativity. Influenced by the style of Bach and Handel, the work succeeds as a magnificent fusion of Baroque counterpoint and Mozart’s own lyric operatic style. Simply stated, it is a musical tour de force, not often heard due to its tremendous technical demands.

The performance was in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3 pm under the direction of Dr. David Hobson. The combined chorus was accompanied by full orchestra. Featured soloists were Centenary Alumna Lori Lusted and three faculty members from the Hurley School of Music: Dr. Gale Odom, Dr. Horace English, and Mr. Cory Wikan.

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