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Since Christmas is approaching, and we aren't in school during the season this year, I thought it would be a good time to publish the Hurley Wassail recipe for all (especially since I saw two alums on Facebook yesterday, talking about it!). This will be the first time in many years that the smells of apple cider and cinnamon and orange won't be wafting through the halls of Hurley during finals. It's hard to believe that I searched for a recipe to serve during a reception for a Camerata concert in December of 1983, and it became a tradition for us. I hope some of you will make this recipe this year in memory of the many young musicians and teachers of the Hurley School of Music who drank this while they finished exams every fall. Merry Christmas to all!
Best of luck to all of my students who are competing in the NATS competition in Southern Arkansas University in Jonesboro, AR. (NATS is National Association for Teachers of Singing...it's kind of a big deal).
Did you know that Mozart did musical theatre before it was cool? In this lecture reciti, we will compare the 18th century concert aria to contemporary musical theatre songs, and explore the similarities and differences of these two styles and their lasting popularity. Hurley Senior Victoria Sundin will present a lecture recital on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:00pm during Recital Hour. All are invited and encouraged to attend! The recital is open and free to the public.
Devon, check into this program.

The Hurley School of Music at Centenary College: preparing today's artist-scholars for tomorrow's performance. Undergraduate centric, Centenary College's musicians sharpen their talents and intellect within a liberal arts environment.

Comprised primarily of undergraduates, the School of Music affords its music majors many opportunities to perform as soloists, lead groups as a conductor, participate in ensembles, or act in stage roles. When students graduate from Centenary, their music résumés exhibit quality experiences that prepared them for music-related careers or graduate school. Centenary students who are not majoring in music have many opportunities for participation in ensembles and performances.

Mission: 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.

Operating as usual

Here's another beautiful snippet of "Homeward Bound," arr. Mack Wilberg, sung by the incomparable @centenarycollegechoir!

[Video footage courtesy of @centenarycollegechoir and Madelyn Stewart]

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The Centenary College Choir is back in action this semester! Rehearsing safely with masks and social distancing in place, the choir is working on repertoire for the annual Easter Sunrise Service, Rhapsody in View, and a Fourth of July program. Here's a sneak peek of this year's Rhapsody repertoire, "Homeward Bound," arr. Mack Wilberg.

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[Video footage courtesy of Centenary College Choir and Madelyn Stewart]

In 1975, Bob Hope gave a performance at the Hirsch Coliseum on Halloween night. He was then named an honorary member of Phi Beta which is an honors fraternity for women studying music or speech.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1976]

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Meet another member of our #Hurleyfaculty!

William Parsons, tenor, is a native of Louisiana. He holds a B.M. in Voice from Centenary College of Louisiana, an M. M. in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an Artist Diploma in Opera Voice Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

In opera he has a wide variety of roles which include: George Brown in La Dame Blanche by François Boieldieu, La Natura and Linfea in Cavalli’s La Calisto; Silvio in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido; Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by Rossini; Ottone in Agripina by Handel; the Witch in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel; Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors; and John James Box in Arthur Sullivan’s Cox and Box. Mr. Parsons has performed musical theater roles such as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, Mary Sunshine in Kandor and Ebb’s Chicago, Mr Erlansen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Nicely, Nicely Johnson in Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, Father in Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Pirelli in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

When did you first start teaching/working at Centenary: I have two tenures at Centenary. I taught Voice, Diction and Voice Class between the years of 2004 and 2008, then I returned to teaching Voice in the Fall of 2019.

What is your favourite memory of Hurley: Many good times when I was an undergrad at Centenary between 1987 and 1992, too many to pick a favorite. Lots of them were singing with the Centenary College Choir.

What would your ideal day would involve? Singing my favorite opera role, George Brown in Boieldieu's La Dame Blanche in French. I've only sung it in an English translation.


If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Graeter's Double Chocolate Chip ice cream.

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CYO Concert Fall 2020

The Centenary Youth Orchestra performs a virtual concert for the community. The performance includes Piazzola's "Oblivion," Paul Hindemith’s "Tuttifanchen Suite," the first and last movements of Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, and music from Ennio Morricone.

The concert also features Centenary Professor Emeritus, Dr. Todd Gabriel, performing his own compositional rendering of Astor Piazzola’s Oblivion on solo viola with the CYO.

We hope you enjoy!

https://youtu.be/tH-AreZfInk

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In 1970, Dr. Frank M. Carroll assumed the position of Director of Centenary's School of Music. He took leave from 1974 until 1979, after which he returned as Dean of the School of Music. In his absence, various faculty members took over the responsibilities, and Dr. Harlan Snow served for a year. Dr. Carroll did a lot for the School of Music in his time, and his legacy lives on in many traditions of the school today.

[Photos courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1973 and 1978]

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In 1973, under the direction of Dr. Frank Carroll, the School of Music launched the Friends of Music Series. These concerts which featured a variety of professional musicians, enhanced the regional musical scene well into the early 2000s.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, The Conglomerate 1974]

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Meet Tom Hundemer who is part of our #Hurleyfamily! Thomas Hundemer plays principal horn with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the region as well as the I-49 Brass Quintet. At Centenary College he is the Director of the Hurley Music Library and the Centenary Wind Ensemble where he also teaches horn and music technology classes. Mr. Hundemer is an active composer and arranger, and has performed with many orchestras around the country including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (25 years), Des Moines Metro Opera (8 years) and the orchestras of Omaha, South Bend, Baton Rouge, Florida among others, and is brass coordinator for worship services at 1st Methodist Church in Shreveport. He is married to flutist Sally Horak and they have two children, Greg and Gretchen and enjoys backyard organic gardening.

When did you first start teaching at Hurley? I joined the music faculty at Centenary College as adjunct French horn instructor in 1983 before becoming Director of the Hurley Music Library in 2008.

What is your favourite memory of Hurley? My favorite memory of Hurley is difficult to name as there have been many—performing Stravinsky’s 4 Russian Peasant Songs for women’s choir & horn quartet (twice with Drs. Odom & Wikan!), seeing several of my gifted horn and composition students develop into fine musicians, getting to conduct the Centenary Wind Ensemble among many other amazing experiences.

What would your ideal day be like? My ideal day would involve a long bike ride, practicing the horn and composing, gardening, and hanging out with my wife Sally and our cats Sophie and Dodger.

What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life? If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be sweet corn, on the cob or my Mom’s homemade creamed corn--fried with lots of butter!

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Centenary's "Stage Band" (originally named "Dixie Land Band") was a smaller sect within the Centenary Band that provided background music for the "pom pom girls" at all home basketball games in the 1970s. This ensemble boosted the beloved spirits of Centenary's athletes and fans!

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1973]

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In 1961 and 1966, the Centenary College Choir was featured at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They performed to large audiences and brought even more recognition to the choir and to Centenary.

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The Centenary chapter of the American Guild of organists was founded in 1956. The group often took field trips to inspect various organs to increase their knowledge of the instrument. They also attended many recitals and lectures, and even hosted master classes by organists of great renown.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1967]

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Centenary joins local churches to present “UMC Christmas in the SBC”

Due to the pandemic, Centenary will not host its beloved Christmas Candlelight service this year.

The Centenary College Choir will, however, join some Shreveport/Bossier City (SBC) area United Methodist Churches (UMC) to present "UMC Christmas in the SBC"! Learn more below! COME ONE, COME ALL, but be sure to wear your Christmas jammies!

centenary.edu Centenary is joining four Shreveport-Bossier City United Methodist churches to produce a safe and festive Christmas gift for the community.

Rule Beasley was the head of the Centenary School of Music from 1964 until 1966. He was replaced by Gilbert Carp who served from 1966 until 1969. These two men were only on Centenary's campus for a few years, but they both aided in the tremendous growth of the music department during the 1960s.

[Photos courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1964 and 1969]

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Check out Dr. Sridhar on Carrefour Chamber Music Project's November subscription concert. She presents Ravel's Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques, and a selection of Rossini songs.

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THAT'S RIGHT! Get your fresh copy to listen to our very own, Dr. James Eakin's, music. He scored this film! It's SPOOOOOKY 👻 how amazing Hurley's faculty is!

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Here we see the Hurley Music Building under construction in 1963. The building officially opened in 1964 and replaced the last wooden frame classroom building on campus. This building was to house all music facilities at Centenary, and was made possible by a generous donation of $400,00 by Mrs. Gladys Hurley.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, The Conglomerate 1963]

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Meet the newest member of our #Hurleyfamily, the assistant to the dean, Allison Washington!

Allison is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a graduate of Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She has over a decade of experience in the communications industry and has worked as a Radio Personality, Television Show Host, Communications Director and Community Engagement Director. Most recently, Allison served as a Community Organizer for a local non-profit organization, which relocated her to the Shreveport/Bossier area.

Of the arts, Allison's first love is music and has played clarinet for nearly 3 decades. She has performed in the Symphonic Wind, Woodwind and Woodwind Quartet ensembles at Jackson State University, as well as marched in the famous Sonic Boom of the South marching band. Allison was also the voice of the Sonic Boom of the South, being the first and only female to have ever served in that capacity.

A firm believer in the quote, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others," Allison currently volunteers for a number of organizations including the Junior League of Shreveport/Bossier, League of Women Voters, Women's Democratic Club of Northwest Louisiana and serves as a board member for The Glen Retirement Systems of Shreveport.

When did you first start working at Centenary? I began working at Centenary College on Monday, October 26, 2020.

What is your favorite Hurley memory? Thus far, my favorite memory is listening to the beautiful rehearsals taking place throughout the day while working at my desk.

What is your ideal day like? My ideal day would involve 80-degree weather on a beach with a charcuterie board and my 9-year-old daughter in the distance, laughing and playing in the sand.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I could eat prosciutto and cheese FOREVER. And ever.

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Centenary music students excel at annual competition

Bravi to all involved!

centenary.edu Five Centenary students participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) southern regional competition this month.

Meet more of our #Hurleyfamily as part of our #hurleyfacultyfeature!

Dr. James Eakin is one of the most sought after composers in the country. His music catalog is prolific and spans genres from Concert Hall to Pop/Rock. James’ hour-long “Flowers over the Graves of War” for Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra premiered to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall and most recently, his “#twitterlieder: 15 tweets in 3 acts,” premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at Davies Symphony Hall, has taken the choral world by storm. Eakin is currently Composer-in-Residence for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Kansas City mixed chorus, Te Deum.

When did you first start teaching at Hurley? My first year teaching at Centenary was 2017.

What is your favorite Hurley memory? My favorite memory of Hurley was when the Chick-fil-A Cow appeared on stage during a composition recital and presented the performing student-composer with their favorite sandwich, based on their original composition about Chick-fil-A.

What would your ideal day be like? My ideal day is any that end with a double bar line.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be chicken-fried steak!

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Events

Join us at 3:00 p.m. for a live stream of the Wind Ensemble Fall Concert!

Download a copy of the program and notes at https://www.centenary.edu/academics/departments-schools/hurley-school-of-music/events/.

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Pictured above are members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an honors fraternity for musicians. Phi Mu Alpha was first organized in May of 1957 and saw tremendous growth in the 60s. Current students at Centenary have expressed interest in revamping this organization!

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1961]

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[11/14/20]   Congratulations to Adam Born and Carson Alvarez for winning second and fifth place respectively, in their categories at NATS! We are proud of you!

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Congratulations to Carson Alvarez and Adam Born for making it to the finals of NATS!!

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Congratulations to Adam Born and Carson Alvarez for making it through to the semi-final rounds of the NATS competition in their vocal categories! We are cheering you on! Go Hurley!!

Come join the fun!

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Congratulations to Dr. Janani Sridhar for her proposal being selected for the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference (Southern Region) this fall! Her lecture recital will be streamed Saturday the 13th of November at 1p.m. We hope you will be able to tune in!

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In 1961, the Centenary Dance Band was formed. This ensemble specialized in jazz and swing music and would provide music for dances at Centenary in the 1960s.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1961]

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Meet Mr. Adam Philley who is part of our #Hurleyfamily!

Adam Philley is the Director of Music and Worship at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, an adjunct music professor at Centenary College teaching theory and voice and the Music Director for the Shreveport Little Theatre Senior Academy. Adam received his Bachelor's in Sacred Music from Centenary College and a Master's in Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He founded and directs the Prísma Vocal Ensemble, a chamber vocal ensemble in Shreveport-Bossier. He serves as the Southern Region Auditions Chair for the National Association of Teachers of Singing serving the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Adam is also the chair of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Design
Team.

When did you start teaching at Centenary? I started teaching at Centenary in 2016.

What is your favorite Hurley memory? My favorite memory of Hurley is performing as Poo-bah in a production of The Mikado on the Anderson Auditorium stage as student.

What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day would involve binging documentaries and plenty of walks with my dogs Lizzo and Bentley.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be mashed potatoes.

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Here at Hurley, we're very grateful to be able to continue working with our ensembles despite the pandemic. Extra precautions have been taken for the safety of our students and faculty. Pictured is our wonderful wind ensemble rehearsing for their upcoming concert on Sunday, November 15th at 3:00 pm in the shell! Come watch them then!

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Meet Madelyn Stewart, who is part of our #Hurleyfamily!

Madelyn Stewart is a Shreveport native and junior music major at Hurley. She is Student Director of the Centenary College Choir, Vice President of Camerata, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Hurley School of Music Marketing Intern. Madelyn is a soprano, and primarily studies voice, though she enjoys many aspects of music: choral singing, solo performance, theory, conducting, etc. She plans to graduate in 2022 and continue her studies in graduate school.

What is your major? I'm a music major with voice concentration, and a communications minor with a focus in professional writing!

What is your favourite memory of Hurley? My favorite memory of Hurley is performing William Bolcom's Cabaret Songs with Singer's Workshop in the Fall of 2019.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I don’t know where I’ll be, but I do know that no matter what, I’ll be making music. I guess we’ll see where that takes me!

What would your ideal day look like? My ideal day would involve SLEEPING IN, spending time with friends and family, petting my dogs because they're the goodest of boys, and eating lots of food. Basic, I know.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? To choose just one is sacrilege, but I guess it would have to be cookies.

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