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Annual Founders’ Day Convocation at Centenary College to Celebrate 150 Years of Music, Feature Appearance by Grammy-winning Tenor Karl Dent on Thursday, Jan. 30 

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary alumnus and Grammy-winning vocal performer Karl Dent will be the speaker as Centenary College recognizes the 150th anniversary of music at the college during its annual Founders’ Day Convocation. The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in Brown Chapel.

Dent, a 1975 Centenary graduate, is associate professor of music and area coordinator of voice at Texas Tech University. He made his 1991 New York Philharmonic debut in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor and a Carnegie Hall debut in 1993 as soloist in the Berlioz Requiem.

Dent, a tenor, has appeared with many U.S. symphony orchestras, opera companies and music festivals, as well as the Rundfunks Sinfonie Orchestre of Berlin, Germany. In 1997, he received a Grammy Award as principal soloist on the Best Choral Recording for Rachmaninoff’s The Bells. He is also tenor soloist on Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, which was awarded Best Technical Recording for 1990. He resides in Lubbock, Texas.

The Founders’ Day Convocation will also feature the Centenary College Choir, which will sing Come to the Music under the direction of Dr. Will K. Andress. The Rev. William W. Hutchinson, bishop of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, will deliver the invocation, and William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of Trustees, will give the benediction. 

Dr. Darrel Colson, provost and dean of the college, will recognize the recipients of Centenary’s annual Outstanding Teacher Award, the Charlton Lyons Summer Research Grant and the President’s Award of Excellence.

Honored guests will include the newest inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame, Dr. Paul Michael Mann of Houston, Class of 1963; the 2003 Honorary Alumna, Pat Ewing Hendrick of Shreveport; and Alumni Loyalty Award recipient, Mitzi Lowe Perry, Class of 1957. The three will be honored further at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on campus. 

Faculty, staff and graduating seniors in academic regalia will participate in a procession from Mickle Hall of Science to the Brown Chapel for the event. Grand marshal will be Dr. Earle Labor and faculty marshal is Dr. Rosemary Seidler. 

Music programs at Centenary College of Louisiana first appeared in 1852 as optional classes under the direction of Professor A.E. Blackmar. The first music degrees from the college were awarded in 1931.