Ensembles

The Hurley School of Music offers a variety of ensembles for both music majors and non-music majors.

You can schedule an audition for an ensemble or read frequently asked questions for more information about the ensembles and the Hurley School of Music.


Vocal Ensembles

Choirs

Camerata

Cory Wikan, Conductor (email)

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Camerata, founded in 1983, is the select chamber choir from the Hurley School of Music. This SATB group of 24 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 performances are lauded for technical excellence combined with genuine understanding of musical expression.

Centenary College Choir

David Hobson, Conductor (email)

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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.

Click here for more information on the Centenary Choir.

Opera/Musical Theatre

Singers' Workshop

Twyla Robinson, Director (email)

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Singer's Workshop provides students with the opportunity to study and improve their stagecraft. Taught by Artist-in-Residence Twyla Robinson, this ensemble course concentrates on solo performance. It offers students the opportunity to improve their communication skills in either music theatre or opera, while also learning important practical information about such issues as period movement, working with lighting, controlling nerves, and the acting process for singers. Students will have opportunities to perform and have their work critiqued.


Instrumental Ensembles

Hurley Orchestra

Todd Gabriel, Conductor (email)

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The Hurley Orchestra plays in cooperation with the Centenary Youth Orchestra. The combined orchestra enjoyed a successful season in 2014-2015 with concerts featuring Shreveport natives Marcus Rose, viola, and John-Henry Crawford, cello. Crawford recently was one of 25 cellists to advance to the official first round of the prestigious 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. The fall 2015-2016 season concert featured Centenary alumna Cara Lamb in Mozartís Piano Concerto no. 24 in c minor, K.491. The spring concert will feature the Bach: Air from Suite No. 3 in D Major, Beethovenís Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op.21, and the winners of the Centenary College 2015 Concerto & Aria Competition. The ensemble is open by audition to all wind and string players.

Brass Ensemble

Tom Hundemer, Director (email)

Brass Ensemble welcomes all brass players, both music majors and non-majors. Saxophone players and some other winds are also welcome. The group plays on concerts twice a year and for some special events.

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Percussion Ensemble

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.

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Genesis Jam

Todd Gabriel, Conductor (email)

Genesis is an entirely improvisatory group open to students of any instrumental or vocal specialization. The group performs in a variety of styles, including jazz, gospel, and pop.

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