High school choral festival returns to Centenary's Hurley School of Music
SHREVEPORT, LA — Five Shreveport-Bossier City high school choral groups will participate in Centenary College's annual High School Choral Festival on February 12 and 13. The groups will join Centenary's Camerata choral ensemble and the Centenary College Choir for a closing concert on Saturday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the College’s Brown Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
"We are so proud to host this festival again," says Dr. Gale Odom, Dean of the Hurley School of Music at Centenary. "It is a joy to hear these local high school choirs sing, and to see many of our alumni conducting them. This is a moment when we can truly see the fruits of our labors, and can help promote the great music programs in many of our high schools."
Choral ensembles from Airline and Parkway in Bossier Parish and Byrd, Caddo Magnet, and Southwood in Caddo Parish will gather on Friday night to kick off the festival at the College's Hurley School of Music. Instruction with Hurley faculty continues on Saturday as the singers prepare for the afternoon concert, which will feature the combined choirs singing Salvation is Created by Chesnokov and Witness, an African-American spiritual, in addition to other selections by the individual groups.
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.