(November 10, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Music Student Wins Highest Award at Singing Conference

Vincent Sings

Vincent Turregano
Vincent Turregano

SHREVEPORT, La. —Centenary College music major Vincent Turregano captured the Governor's Award Nov. 8 during the Southern Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference.

The Governor's Award, given by a panel of former regional governors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region, is presented to the winning student from the upper college and graduate student categories who possesses the most promising professional talent.

A junior from Alexandria, La., Turregano sang the aria "Hai gia vinta la causa" from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart to clinch his win in the in the Junior Men category during the final round of the auditions.

Held at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, La., nearly 500 vocal students and 100 teachers from the three-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi attended the conference, which was highlighted by three rounds of student competitions. Besides Turregano, several other Centenary students advanced to the semi-final round of the competition. They included:

  • Bret Bello and D.J. Pevey, Junior Men
  • Holt Kirkindoll, Senior Men and Upper College Musical Theater
  • Jennifer White, Upper College Musical Theater

Turregano is a student of Dr. Horace English, Bello, Pevey and Kirkindoll are students of Dr. Gale Odom, and White is a student of Janice Aiken.

For more information, contact: Dr. Gale Odom at 318.869.5235

About Hurley School of Music

Hurley School of music is a professional music school within a liberal arts college, and has as its mission the training and development of undergraduate music students in the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts curricula. The School of Music is an integral part of Centenary College and embraces and affirms the college's liberal arts philosophy, while at the same time supporting the intensive specialization required for the Bachelor of 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.