FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (12/04)
White House Invites Centenary Choir to Sing at Holiday Reception Dec. 18; Invitation is a Record Sixth
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Spanning two presidential administrations over seven years, the Centenary College Choir has been honored with its sixth invitation to sing at the White House during Christmas holiday celebrations.
Having been invited once again this year, a select ensemble consisting of 22 members from the 62-voice choir will sing at the President's Reception on Saturday, Dec. 18, between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
"It is a thrill of a lifetime to be able to sing in the White House for the guests of the first family and to be invited for the sixth time is just unbelievable," said Dr. Will K. Andress, director of the choir. "No other college choir has had this opportunity and honor."
The ensemble selection, Andress said, was based on seniority and overall
choral balance. Those who will be traveling to the White House this year
Alto Megan Saucier from Lake Charles considers the experience a capstone to her senior year. "I consider it a great honor to be invited to the White House to sing. This experience certainly makes my senior year in the choir memorable, " she said.
The group will arrive in Washington D.C. Friday evening, spend most of Saturday sight-seeing, perform Saturday evening, get a private tour of the White House, and then fly back to Shreveport on Sunday morning.
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