Preparatory Programs

The Hurley School of Music offers three community programs for children: the Centenary Youth Orchestra, the Centenary Suzuki School and the Piano Preparatory Program.

Centenary Youth Orchestra

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Mission of the Centenary Youth Orchestra

The Centenary Youth Orchestra is a preparatory program for the Hurley School of Music and a Community Outreach program for Centenary College of Louisiana. The mission of the CYO is to provide high quality instruction for high school students by building ensemble skills and empowering them with the repertoire necessary to pursue college level auditions. It is also our goal to unite with great harmony the music educators, private teachers, and ensemble directors in the greater Shreveport-Bossier area to create a community for our young instrumentalists. By presenting a performance of quality with the ensemble every semester, we strive to bring both local and national attention to the CYO, the Hurley School of Music, and Centenary College of Louisiana.


The Centenary Youth Orchestra is the college’s third and newest preparatory program. It offers:

  • comprehensive orchestral training by its acclaimed faculty

  • sectionals

  • experience accompanying nationally recognized young guest artists

  • optional lessons and theory instruction, all housed in Centenary's state-of-the art rehearsal and performance venues

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Program Director: Associate professor Todd Gabriel is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a forty year veteran orchestral violist, having been a tenured member of the Alabama, Phoenix and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. He has worked with youth orchestras in Alabama, Arizona and Colorado and serves as director of Centenary's Genesis Ensemble and the Hurley Instrumentalists.

Each semester will include eight one and a half hour rehearsals on Monday nights, 7:00-8:30 pm, a two hour dress rehearsal and a performance on a weekend. The Fall 2014 concert is Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3pm.

Shreveport violist Marcus Rose, from The Juilliard School in New York City, will be our inaugural young guest artist with a performance of Alessandro Rolla's Viola Concerto in Eb, BI545.

For more information and to apply please contact the Music Office at the Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235 or the Program Director at email.

Centenary Suzuki School

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Mission of the Centenary Suzuki School

The Centenary Suzuki School strives to offer the highest quality string instruction in the State of Louisiana by starting children at the earliest age possible, using the Suzuki method as well as traditional materials such as scales, etudes, and supplemental pieces. Key components are: involved parents, well-trained teachers, and weekly private and group classes. Through weekly note-reading experiences in theory, orchestra, and chamber music, we seek to develop well-rounded musicians. While our plan is to sufficiently prepare students who choose to pursue music degrees, our broader goal is to promote a life-long love of music, either through participation in music-making, or through attendance and support of performances of various musical institutions and organizations. Through music study involving the Suzuki approach, our highest goal is to aid in the development of good citizens and to foster a sensitivity to all that is beautiful in life.

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Program Director: Laura Crawford, who graduated from the University of Texas Austin with B.M. and M.M. degrees in Violin Performance. Her pedagogy training was from the American Suzuki Institute in Wisconsin, where Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself taught the pedagogy class, and at the University of Texas String Project under Phyllis Young, who was President of the American String Teachers’ Association at the time.

For more information, contact the Music Office at the Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235 or the Program Director at 318-869-5639.

Piano Preparatory Program

Mission of the Piano Preparatory Program

The Centenary Piano Preparatory Program is a school of piano teaching endorsed by the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College designed for students ages 5-18. Its mission is to foster a love of music in each child that will last a lifetime and to provide each child the highest quality piano education possible. The Centenary Piano Preparatory Program offers a well-rounded education in piano that focuses upon proper technique, sound music repertoire, theory and sight-reading.


  • To develop students through private lessons in building solid technique and learning repertoire.

  • To teach music theory, basic keyboard skills, and sight-reading through group classes.

  • To prepare students to perform in at least one festival annually.

  • To prepare students to take the Rally theory exam each year.

  • To give a spring recital each year, in which all students participate.

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Program Director: Natasha Miller

For more information, contact the Music Office at the Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235.