The Hurley School of Music offers a variety of ensembles for both music majors and non-music majors.
Centenary College has two Choirs:
Cory Wikan, Conductor (email)
Camerata, founded in 1983, is the primary academic choral ensemble from the Hurley School of Music. This SATB group of 40 singers is dedicated to quality artistic performances of choral repertoire from all historical periods to the highest musical standards. The composition of the group is primarily voice majors, though membership is open to all Centenary students by audition.
Camerata presented an Ensemble Debut Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and was one of nine featured choirs at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference at Yale University in 2009. They have been invited to perform as a featured choir at the Southern Division Convention of the Music Educators National Conference, the Spivey Hall Educational Concert Series and the Louisiana Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Camerata continues to premiere and record various projects for the Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company.
Camerata performances are lauded for technical excellence combined with genuine understanding of musical expression.
David Hobson, Conductor (email)
Centenary College Choir is the primary touring choral ensemble and musical ambassador for Centenary College. Established in 1941, the Choir is the oldest and largest ensemble at Centenary College, made up of 55-65 singers. The group sings a diverse repertoire of music, from classical to casual, making an international tour every other year. Nicknamed "America's Singing Ambassadors" by the press, the Choir has toured throughout the world, bringing the name of Centenary College to audiences in 32 countries on 6 continents. The Choir is well-known for its engaging visual and aural appeal, and for its heart-felt connections to audiences. The group makes two weekend tours each semester and a longer tour in January, in addition to traditional performances such as the Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges' Gardens in Many, Louisiana, and choral major works with orchestra. Despite an extensive performance schedule, Choir students miss very few classes. The group has the high distinction of having performed seven times at the White House, two lengthy engagements at Radio City Music Hall, for American Choral Directors and International Lions Club conventions, for numerous conferences of the United Methodist Church, at famed cathedrals such as Notre Dame in Paris and St. Peters in Rome, and in renowned concert venues such as the Sydney Opera House.
Membership in the Centenary College Choir is by audition only. The group is made up of both music majors and non-majors, and thrives under a vibrant system of teamwork and student leadership.
Hurley Orchestra Todd Gabriel, Conductor (email)
Chandler Teague, Director (email)
The Percussion Ensemble is made up of both majors and non-majors. They perform two concerts a year in a variety of musical genres.
"Gianni Schicchi" in 2010
The Singer's Workshop provides students with the opportunity to participate in fully staged and costumed productions of operas, operettas, or musicals. Recent productions have included "The Medium" in 2009, "Gianni Schicchi" in 2010, and a double bill of "Trouble in Tahiti" and "The Old Maid and the Thief" in 2011.
Other opportunities for ensemble participation include the ac hoc Jazz Ensemble, led by professional saxophonist Bob Maynard; and Chamber Music, coordinated by Dr. Gay Grosz and Mrs. Laura Crawford. Email email for more information.
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