Gale Odom or Dr. Julia Thorn, Hurley School of Music, 318-869-5235,
or Lynn Stewart, Centenary
News Service, 318-869-5120
National Music Association
Selects Centenary's Camerata Choral Group for Honor
SHREVEPORT, LA -- The National Association
for Music Education is honoring a choral group from Centenary College’s
Hurley School of Music with an invitation to sing at its national conference.
Centenary's Camerata choral group
has been chosen to appear at the Music Educators National Conference in
Savannah, Ga., on Jan. 23, 2003. In order to obtain this invitation,
Camerata underwent a rigorous audition procedure, consisting of a performance
tape review by a committee of the country’s finest music educators.
This occasion marks the first time that a group from Centenary College
has been so honored by MENC.
Director Dr. Julia Thorn says, “The
students in Camerata are extremely excited about sharing the quality academic
as well as artistic composition of Centenary’s choral program with music
educators from across the country. They are keenly aware that this
invitation places tremendous value on what we as classically trained musicians
work so diligently to achieve on a daily basis.”
Dr. Thorn reported that after the
MENC invitation was extended, Camerata received a further invitation to
perform on the nationally recognized Educational Concert Series at Spivey
Hall in Morrow, Ga. Spivey Hall is one of the most sought-after performance
venues in the world. The aesthetic beauty and acoustical perfection
of this facility inspired the late Robert Shaw to say “Spivey Hall is to
music what light is to painting.”
Camerata will sing in Spivey Hall
at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 23, then travel to Savannah for the MENC Southern
Division performance in the afternoon. The audience for the Spivey
Hall performance will be choral music students from the Atlanta metropolitan
area. At the MENC performance, Camerata will be heard by music educators
and choral students from all over the United States. The MENC convention
incorporates band, orchestra, chorus, keyboard and general music sessions
for teachers of all age levels.
“Striving for musical and technical
excellence through rigorous rehearsals will be my primary goal in preparation
for these performances,” said Dr. Thorn. “I am exceptionally proud of the
work ethic the students have developed during my five years at Centenary.
The standards of musicianship I have demanded and the objectives established
for the program are now coming to fruition.”
During the fall of 2002, Camerata
will also be preparing music for a professional recording. Santa
Barbara Music Publishers have asked Camerata to record a demonstration
CD of new music. Some of the new music from the CD will be on Camerata’s
performance programs for MENC and Spivey Hall.
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