Hurley School of Music

Hurley School of Music


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'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.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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

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

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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Get to know Hurley and the Hurley family through our #Hurleyfamily series! We start off with a #Hurleyfacultyfeature with our very own acting dean of the Hurley School of Music, Dr. Cory Wikan!

Dr. Cory D. Wikan is the acting dean of the Hurley School of Music. Dr. Wikan directs the Centenary College Camerata, a select chamber choral ensemble, and he teaches choral conducting, music education, and other general music courses. In addition to conducting, Dr. Wikan is a tenor and has sung with regional opera companies and professional ensembles throughout the Midwest and Southwest. He received a B.A. in music education and performance from Luther College (Decorah, IA), a Master of Music in vocal performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from Boston University.

When did you first start teaching/working at Centenary? August 2012

What is your favourite memory of Hurley?
Centenary Camerata’s performance of Handel’s Messiah part I.

What would your ideal day would involve? Cuddling up with an amazing book and my two dogs, Max and Ro Ro, after making sourdough bread.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it would be?
My homemade sourdough-crust pizza.

Stay tuned to learn more about our #Hurleyfamily!

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Hurley is thrilled to have Mr. Jonathan Walker-VanKuren, educator & tenor as a guest clinician in Dr. Janani Sridhar's Singers' Workshop today. Mr. Walker-VanKuren will be working on Musical Theater repertoire and spirituals with our students.

Gay Grosz joins Centenary’s Hurley School of Music as full-time faculty member

Hurley is so excited and lucky to welcome Dr. Gay Grosz to the full-time faculty! While she has been a treasured part of our team for years, she now leads our piano area with gusto! Congratulations, Dr. Grosz! Dr. Gay Grosz has joined the Hurley faculty full-time as visiting assistant professor of music.

Joe M Hernandez - Joe M Hernandez

Hurley is so thankful that Dr. Janani Sridhar has invited Joe M. Hernandez from The JMH Media to talk to our students about artist branding and website design! Mr. Hernandez is the real deal! (Masterclass details in comments) Joe M Hernandez is a national and international director, actor, singer and educator who is passionate about creating theatre that matters.

2020 Centenary Hurley Brochure

Check this year's brochure out! The Hurley Building has a new face, which is gorgeous! So many great things @ Hurley! Visit to learn more!

HYHO Podcast

Our Hurley alumni are back at it again! David Westbrook and Victoria Sundin have released a new podcast titled “HYHO,” or “Have You Heard Of?” Each week, they talk about the life and music of an obscure composer you may not have heard of. You can follow their page at, and listen to them on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts! Happy learning!

A music history podcast by David and Victoria dedicated to shining a light on obscure composers.


Brava to Anna on her new composition for Flute and Alto Flute! Absolutely wonderful! #GoHurley

Wanderlust Written by Anna M. DiMaggio Performed by Sally Horak Hundemer Filmed by Thomas Hundemer Edited by Anna DiMaggio, Sherry Heflin, and Thomas Hundeme...


Hurley is always so amazed by the work our alumni do. Congratulations to Alex Shannon on his recent conference presentation!

Hurley folks are always doing amazing things! Congratulations to alumnus, Octavio Cardenas, on his great work with Fort Worth Opera!

ATTENTION LIBRETTISTS!! Today Fort Worth Opera is thrilled to announce a call for submissions for FRONTIERS: FWO Libretto Workshop (October 7 & 8 at 7 PM). This two-night exploration of operatic storytelling will be held in front of a live Zoom audience.

Led by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, this distinguished panel of librettists, composers, directors, and artists also includes Hector Armienta, Nicole Brooks (Obeah Opera), Octavio Cardenas, Blythe Gaissert, Alison Moritz, Rachel J. Peters, Kelley Rourke, and Talise Trevigne!

We are honored to have all these brilliant creative minds with us and cannot wait you to join us! To learn more about submissions, visit and email us for further details!

Press release:

Te Deum | Choral Music Kansas City Introducing James Eakin, Composer-in-Residence

Congratulations, Dr. Eakin!! We are so fortunate to benefit from your artistry! Introducing James Eakin, Composer-in-Residence Artistic Director Matthew Christopher Shepard and the Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that James Eakin has been appointed as Composer-in-Residence for Te Deum’s 2020-21 Season. Eakin is one of the busiest and most sought-after composers in...


We are thankful to have the likes of Dr. James Eakin teaching theory and composition at Hurley! Centenary's Camerata ensemble performed this piece in the fall of 2019 with the Prsima Ensemble ... such a powerful piece. Congratulations, James!

I composed this work, with lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri, upon learning of the death of a loved one. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, many have lost so...

Hurley is absolutely THRILLED to welcome Dr. Janani Sridhar to the voice faculty! The official press release is in the comments below! Welcome Dr. Sridhar!

Remembering Dr. William Chandler Teague

Remembering Dr. William "Bill" Teague. William Chandler Teague, 97, died Saturday, June 27, 2020. Dr. Teague is survived by a son, Chandler Teague and wife, Janis Adams Teague of Shreveport, Louisiana; a daughter, Lynda Gayle Teague Deaco

A Conversation with William Teague

The Hurley School of Music is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. William "Bill" Teague on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Dr. Teague was Organist Emeritus at St. Mark's Cathedral and Professor Emeritus at Centenary College, both in Shreveport, LA.

We send our deepest condolences to Dr. Teague's family, especially his son, Chan Teague, who is also a treasured member of Hurley's faculty.

We understand a celebration of Dr. Teague's life is planned for a time when large gatherings are again safe, whenever that may be. We will do our best to share that information when it is available.

Legendary American concert organist William Teague, organist-choirmaster for many years at St. Mark's Church (now Cathedral) in Shreveport, Louisiana, remini...

Hurley Alumnus Thomas Eugene Keys III "O When the Saints"

THIS is Centenary's Hurley School of Music alumnus, Thomas Eugene Keys III '13 singing "O When the Saints." Thomas made this video for 19thanks, working to thank Louisiana's essential workers on May 19. Could we be prouder of such an amazing soul and talent? Thank you Thomas Keys!

🎵 🎊 Congrats, Hurley Class of ‘20!! We can’t wait to watch you soar! 🍾 🎶

Congratulations to 15 year old violinist **Cal Alexander** who has been a student of **Laura Crawford**in the Centenary Suzuki School since age 6. He just won 2nd Prize nationally in the Jr. Solo String Division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition. In addition he won the Louisiana Philharmonic Concerto Competition and the Monroe Symphony Young Artist Competition Grand Prize this year . He is one of a select few violin students chosen to study with world famous Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island New York! SO MUCH GOOD happens here in the Hurley School of Music! Congratulations again to Cal and Mrs. Crawford!

Centenary student wins prestigious scholarship for French language study

Félicitations to Brennen Templeton, French horn and music composition student at Hurley! Bon voyage! Brennen Templeton has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to support French language study in Lille, France, during the summer of 2020.

We’re enjoying a lovely recital given by senior, Sierra Worman, accompanied by Hurley faculty member, Dr. Gay Grosz! #centenaryproud

On January 28th, Hurley senior, Zipphora Hyman, along with a massive choir, provided the music for the more than 2,500 people attending the ordination of Monsignor Francis I. Malone, bishop elect of the Diocese of Shreveport. Malone was ordained as the third Bishop of Shreveport on the 28th. Zipphora (below, center) canted two psalms for the ordination, which aired on local area television stations and was streamed live on the internet. We're proud of Miss Zipphora and her contributions to the community!

Congratulations to Dr. James Eakin whose work, "Blessed are the Peacemakers," will be premiered by the National High School Honors Women's Choir at Carnegie Hall on February 2, 2020!

Hurley School of Music's cover photo

We’re so proud and blessed to have such talent and leadership with the Centenary College Choir. Today, they joined Grambling and Southern at Governor Edwards’s inauguration!

Hurley School of Music student award winners at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region auditions in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday, November 9, with Centenary vocal professor Dr. PauLina Villarreal. From left to right:

1. 2nd place winner (lower college treble), Madelyn Stewart
2. 4th place winner (lower college TTB), Dart Bennett
3. Dr. Villareal
4. 1st Place winner (upper college senior men), Carlos Romero
5. 3rd place winner (upper college treble), Zipphora Nicole Hyman (a student of Gale Odom)
6. 1st place winner (lower college treble), Jazzi Robinson

Powder Springs Chapel

For those of you who have asked, there will be a memorial service for Joyce English, wife of Professor Emeritus Horace English, in Powder Springs, Georgia on Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 PM, with visitation starting at 1:00 PM. The service will be at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins funeral home chapel in Powder Springs

Horace says that they are planning a memorial concert for Joyce sometime this spring at his New Orleans church, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian. When we know a date for that, we will publish it here. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to Horace during this time. Our Powder Springs funeral home was designed to be a one-of-a-kind place to celebrate the life of your loved one. Conveniently located, our Macland Road funeral

Colleges of Distinction


Every week, Colleges of Distinction highlights an outstanding institution that excels in helping students learn, grow, and succeed. These colleges are selected for their enriching and immersive programs that provide real-world experience to their students.

This week, we would like to honor Centenary College of Louisiana. Centenary College LA has been recognized as a College of Distinction in both Business and Education. Congratulations!

Torreón celebró la Independencia de México y su 112 aniversario como ciudad

Congratulations to Dr. Paulina Villarreal for her performance in Torreón, Mexico to an estimated 25,000 people, including President Jorge Zermeño and his wife. Con la cuarta sesión solemne de Cabildo, fue como inició la noche mexicana donde se hizo la entrega de las preseas a los ciudadanos distinguidos 2019.

Hurley School of Music's cover photo

We are sad to report that Joyce English, the wife of Professor Emeritus Horace English, died this morning in New Orleans. Joyce was a multitalented person who had great skills as a paralegal and office manager; but at heart she was a fine pianist and church musician who accompanied Dr. English on all his faculty recitals and was the pianist for First Baptist Church Shreveport for many years. Our sympathies go out to Dr. English and his family.
Dr. English has requested that anyone who wishes to honor Joyce not send flowers. Instead, please feel free to make a donation in Joyce’s honor to your church’s music ministry, or to an organization dedicated to fighting leukemia or other cancers. If you would like further information, please call the Hurley music office at 318-869-5235.
This picture is from a concert in 2005. Pictured are Leslie Downs, Gale Odom, Joyce English, and Horace English.

Dr. Paulina Villarreal, member of Hurley’s voice faculty, offered a lovely presentation on headshots to the music majors!


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Hurley Alumnus Thomas Eugene Keys III "O When the Saints"
Combined Choirs at the Centenary Choral Festival, February 17, 2018.





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