(January 2007)

Media Contact: Hurley School of Music, 318-869-5235, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Centenary College's Hurley School of Music Announces March 2-3 as Final Audition Weekend for Prospective Music Majors for 2007-08 Academic Year

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Hurley School of Music at Centenary College will be holding its final audition weekend for prospective music majors for the 2007-08 school year on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 2007. The auditions will take place in Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music.

Auditions are required for all applicants who wish to be admitted into the Hurley School of Music as music majors. Hurley has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936, and degree programs include the Bachelor of Music in performance, music education, theory/composition and sacred music, as well as the Bachelor of Arts in music. Admittance into the School of Music is separate from the process for admission into Centenary College. When prospects audition for admission, they are also considered for music scholarship awards.

Music talent scholarships include generous amounts from the Hurley Foundation, as well as one Mary C. White scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board for four years.

Audition requirements for brass and woodwinds include major scales and either two brief selections (one lyrical and one technical) or a movement from a major concerto. Organ prospects are to play three hymns plus two selections of their choosing on the organ, and scales, arpeggios and two selections of their choosing on the piano. Percussion requirements are major scales, two octaves on a mallet instrument, and selections on the snare drum, timpani and keyboard. Piano requirements are three contrasting selections, memorized, one from each of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical and Romantic/Twentieth Century. String requirements include the major scales and melodic minor scales, and either two brief selections (one lyrical and one technical) or a movement from a major concerto.

Theory/composition prospects are to bring examples of their original compositions in score form and to perform one selection on their major instrument. Voice auditions require two contrasting selections that have been memorized. Art songs or arias are preferred, and if possible, one selection should be in a language other than English.

All applicants will sight-read a brief excerpt specific to their instrument, and a piano accompanist will be available at no charge to all prospects requesting one.

Students who will not be majoring in music but who would like to sing or play in an ensemble may schedule an audition with an individual ensemble director at their convenience at a later date. Ensembles include the Camerata, Cantare, Chorale and Centenary College choirs, Opera Workshop, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Centenary Carillons, and various chamber music ensembles, including string quartets.

Audition times must be scheduled in advance. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the Hurley music office at 318-869-5235 or at email.