Centenary music students and faculty attend annual conference, auditions

L to R: Mr. Ken Chan, Ree Randolph, Dr. Briana Sosenheimer, Nina Guerrero, Destry Martignetti

SHREVEPORT, LA — Three students from Centenary’s Hurley School of Music attended the National Association of Teachers of Singing Louisiana Chapter conference and auditions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on March 8 and 9. They were joined by Dr. Briana Sosenheimer, assistant professor of music, and Ken Chan, lecturer in music and staff accompanist at the Hurley School.

Nina Guerrero, of Dallas, Texas; Ree Randolph, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Destry Martignetti, a native of Bossier City and a graduate of Parkway High School, attended the event with funding from Centenary’s Student Government Association. Guerrero placed first in the Second Year Treble Classical category and Randolph placed second in the Fourth Year Treble Classical category. All of the Centenary students performed with pianist Chan during their auditions. In addition, Sosenheimer was selected to sing in the Members Recital on the first night of the conference.

The students had the opportunity to perform and receive comments from a panel of adjudicators from the region. They attended performances by professionals and students from colleges and universities across the state, and several masterclasses and workshops were offered by NATS members, singers, and teachers.

“Performing in NATS provides valuable experience that prepares students for future auditions for graduate programs and professional companies,” explained Sosenheimer. “Representing Centenary College outside our home of Hurley was exciting, especially with our students' success this spring. It is always an excellent opportunity to showcase our talented students to audiences outside of Shreveport."

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