Centenary hosts annual high school choral festival February 17

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College of Louisiana’s annual High School Choral Festival culminates this year in a concert featuring choirs from Airline, Caddo Magnet, Parkway, and Southwood High Schools, along with the Centenary College Choir and Camerata. The concert on Saturday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Centenary’s Brown Chapel is free and open to the public.

The Centenary Choral Festival provides an opportunity for area high school choirs to work with the Hurley School of Music’s choral directors, Dr. David Hobson and Dr. Cory Wikan. Hobson and Wikan will spend time with all four choirs, offering suggestions on how each group can increase their mastery and artistry as they prepare for their annual district festival competition. The event also gives high school students an opportunity to hear information about Centenary College’s academic programs and scholarships.

“We sometimes find that although Centenary is right outside their back doors, local students don’t realize how rich Centenary’s cultural and curricular offerings are,” says Wikan, director of the College’s Camerata choral ensemble. “We are always delighted to learn that a local high school student has chosen to attend Centenary as a result of his or her experience at our annual Choral Festival.”

The final concert on February 17 features each of the participating high school choirs singing the music they have worked on throughout the weekend, along with musical offerings from Centenary’s choirs. The concert culminates in a combined number with all of the groups together, which has always been a highlight of the weekend. Parents and families of high school choir students and Centenary students are especially encouraged to attend this free community event.

About the Hurley School of Music

The mission of the Hurley School of Music is to provide the highest quality training and development of music students in the context of a liberal arts college. Embracing the college's liberal arts philosophy, the School of Music guides young musicians in either general studies in the BA in Music degree or more intensive programs of specialization through concentrations within the BA in Music degree. It provides opportunities for all segments of the college and the community to experience the art of music through class offerings, applied music study, ensemble participation and the presentation of concerts. The Hurley School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.