Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Camerata Choral Ensemble Sets Jan. 19 Benefit Concert Prior to Tour
and Performance at National Music Educators Event and Spivey
Centenary's Camerata Choral Ensemble
SHREVEPORT, LA – Centenary College’s Camerata
choral ensemble will give a Benefit Concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan.
19 in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley Music Building, just
prior to leaving for a tour and two prestigious national performances.
Tickets for the benefit, $10 each,
are available from Camerata members or at the Hurley School of Music.
Funds raised from the pre-tour concert will assist
students in attending the National Association for Music Education’s
national conference, known as MENC.e prestigious invitation -- a
first for Centenary -- to perform at the Jan. 23 conference was
extended last year following a rigorous audition procedure by a
committee of the nation’s finest music educators. Centenary
Prior to the Camerata performance at MENC in Savannah, Ga., the
ensemble will also perform by invitation on the nationally recognized
Educational Concert Series at Spivey Hall in Morrow, Ga., one of
the most sought-after performance venues in the world. That performance
will take place at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 23.
Camerata, under the direction of Julia Thorn and accompanied by
Gay Grosz, is a 40-voice choral ensemble from Centenary’s
Hurley School of Music. The composition of the group is primarily
music majors, although membership is open to all Centenary students
Since completing recent recordings for Santa Barbara Music Publishers,
Camerata performances have been lauded for technical excellence
combined with genuine understanding of musical expression.
Included in each Camerata concert is a selection of pieces by the
Centenary Chorale, a group of chamber singers chosen from Camerata.
Chorale specializes in sensitive interpretations of music of an
intimate nature written for the small ensemble.
The benefit concert will incorporate a wide variety of musical
styles and languages featuring several talented student soloists.
All of the music programmed for the concert will be performed on
the MENC tour, which includes several churches and high schools
in addition to the Spivey Hall and MENC appearances.
“The students in Camerata are extremely excited about sharing
the quality of the music department with educators and other students
from across the country,” Dr. Thorn said. “They are
keenly aware that the honor of being invited to perform at such
a venue places tremendous value on what we as classically trained
musicians work diligently to achieve on a daily basis.”
This relatively unknown choir from Centenary College is developing
a reputation for superior musical standards that will bring national
recognition in choral music to the city of Shreveport.
For further information, contact Dr. Thorn or Dr. Gale Odom, dean
of the Hurley School of Music, at 318-869-5235.