(February 10, 2015)

Hurley School of Music hosts annual High School Choral Festival

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary's Hurley School of Music will host four Shreveport/Bossier area high schools for the annual High School Choral Festival and Concert on Saturday, February 14, at 4 p.m. in Brown Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

Brown Chapel
The High School Choral Festival culminates with a concert in Brown Chapel on Saturday, February 14, at 4 p.m.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for area high school students to get a good peek at our music program and outstanding faculty," said Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Cory Wikan. "In addition to working with the choral faculty, Dr. David Hobson and myself, and singing with our current music students, high school participants interested in vocal performance are introduced to Dr. Gale Odom through short voice lessons at no charge. While this event is a way for Hurley to visit with prospective students, it is also an opportunity for Hurley to give back to the community. The musical collaboration among all the constituents is really quite thrilling and rewarding."

Airline High School, Byrd High School, Caddo Magnet, and Parkway High School will begin their portion of the program Friday evening on Centenary's campus under the direction of A.C. "Cheesy" Voran Choir Director Dr. David Hobson and Wikan. The festival culminates with a concert that will feature two to three selections from each high school as well as selections by the Centenary College Choir and Camerata. All singers will combine to perform women's, men's, and mixed selections by Vaughan Williams, Biebl, and Foster.

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.