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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.

Operating as usual

06/10/2021

The Centenary Community Orchestra was formed between the years of 1985 and 1986. Comprised of Centenary students, faculty, and other talented instrumentalists in the area, the ensemble was directed by Kermit Poling. The group gave its first concert on April 27th, 1986, performing works by Händel, Grieg, and Stravinsky. Pictured is the official press release that was released for auditions.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

The Centenary Community Orchestra was formed between the years of 1985 and 1986. Comprised of Centenary students, faculty, and other talented instrumentalists in the area, the ensemble was directed by Kermit Poling. The group gave its first concert on April 27th, 1986, performing works by Händel, Grieg, and Stravinsky. Pictured is the official press release that was released for auditions.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 06/04/2021

Centenary's chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), Eta Lambda, was established on campus in 1987. SAI is an international music fraternity for women. Pictured are the first members of Eta Lambda, followed by the current members of the chapter. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @centenarysai.

[Photos courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1988, and Madelyn Stewart]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #SAI #music

05/25/2021

The Hurley School of Music Wind Ensemble was founded in 1981 by Dr. Mike Williford during his first year as band director. The ensemble replaced the concert band. Dr. Williford said, "Enthusiasm is running high. I am really enjoying working with the band and with the students. I want to make the band a source of pride for Centenary, a band that will represent the college."

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Conglomerate 1981 and Yoncopin 1987.]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

The Hurley School of Music Wind Ensemble was founded in 1981 by Dr. Mike Williford during his first year as band director. The ensemble replaced the concert band. Dr. Williford said, "Enthusiasm is running high. I am really enjoying working with the band and with the students. I want to make the band a source of pride for Centenary, a band that will represent the college."

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Conglomerate 1981 and Yoncopin 1987.]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

05/22/2021

MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 | Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Toi, toi Dr. Janani Sridhar and the many Hurley faculty who are part of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra! Don't miss their performance of Mahler 4!!

MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 | Shreveport Symphony Orchestra MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES Sat., May 22 at 7:30 PM Sun., May 23 at 3 PM First Baptist Shreveport, with socially-distanced audience, and streamed online Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Michael Butterman, conductor Janani Sridhar, soprano MAHLER Symphony No. 4...

05/17/2021

Originally directed by Dr. Gale Odom, Hurley's beloved vocal chamber ensemble Camerata, was formed in 1983. They gave their debut performance in the spring of 1984. Camerata's name is inspired by the Florentine Camerata, a group of intellectuals who met and discussed music in Florence, Italy, in the 1570s and 1580s. Camerata is now directed by Dr. Cory Wikan.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1984]

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Originally directed by Dr. Gale Odom, Hurley's beloved vocal chamber ensemble Camerata, was formed in 1983. They gave their debut performance in the spring of 1984. Camerata's name is inspired by the Florentine Camerata, a group of intellectuals who met and discussed music in Florence, Italy, in the 1570s and 1580s. Camerata is now directed by Dr. Cory Wikan.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1984]

#HurleySchoolofMusic #HurleyHistory

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 05/10/2021

Recently, we had a little surprise party for Terry Hopkins and Tom Hundemer, to celebrate their retirement, and to thank them for their service to Hurley. We are grateful for all they have done!

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05/08/2021

[05/08/21]   Congratulations to our graduates!! May you soar high, and may all your dreams and aspirations come true!

05/05/2021

Meet Janine Cunningham, a graduating senior!

Hi! My name is Janine and I am a senior music major. I am a huge music, makeup, and food lover. I hope to become a successful singer and business owner with aspirations of creating a non-profit organization to help homeless families and people in need to create a successful life; everyone deserves a second chance.

What is your favorite memory of Hurley?
I have two favorite memories of Hurley. I enjoyed the Halloween production of "Opera in the Graveyard" which premiered my sophomore year where I was the character, Gretel. It was such a rewarding experience. My other favorite memory would be the production of "Colors of Love". This performance will have a special place in my heart forever.

What are your plans after graduating?
Usually, the majority of college seniors talk about grad school right after graduation however, that is not the case for me. I've decided to take a year off to work on my marketing license, start a business, and compose music. I do plan on getting my master's degree in Music and Entrepreneurship in 2022 then working towards receiving my Doctoral degree.

What will you miss most about Hurley?
I will miss the Music Library and the atmosphere of students coming in and helping each other with music or studying, and especially the donuts!

Ifyou could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it would be?
This is such a hard choice because I am a foodie! Since I have to choose, I'd have to say real authentic Mexican tacos.

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Seniorspotlight #Hurleyfamily

Meet Janine Cunningham, a graduating senior!

Hi! My name is Janine and I am a senior music major. I am a huge music, makeup, and food lover. I hope to become a successful singer and business owner with aspirations of creating a non-profit organization to help homeless families and people in need to create a successful life; everyone deserves a second chance.

What is your favorite memory of Hurley?
I have two favorite memories of Hurley. I enjoyed the Halloween production of "Opera in the Graveyard" which premiered my sophomore year where I was the character, Gretel. It was such a rewarding experience. My other favorite memory would be the production of "Colors of Love". This performance will have a special place in my heart forever.

What are your plans after graduating?
Usually, the majority of college seniors talk about grad school right after graduation however, that is not the case for me. I've decided to take a year off to work on my marketing license, start a business, and compose music. I do plan on getting my master's degree in Music and Entrepreneurship in 2022 then working towards receiving my Doctoral degree.

What will you miss most about Hurley?
I will miss the Music Library and the atmosphere of students coming in and helping each other with music or studying, and especially the donuts!

Ifyou could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it would be?
This is such a hard choice because I am a foodie! Since I have to choose, I'd have to say real authentic Mexican tacos.

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Seniorspotlight #Hurleyfamily

05/04/2021

MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 | Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Looking forward to hearing our very own, Dr. Janani Sridhar, sing with the SSO soon!!

MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 | Shreveport Symphony Orchestra MAY 22-23 – Mahler Symphony No. 4 WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES Sat., May 22 at 7:30 PM Sun., May 23 at 3 PM First Baptist Shreveport, with socially-distanced audience, and streamed online Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Michael Butterman, conductor Janani Sridhar, soprano MAHLER Symphony No. 4...

04/28/2021

Enjoy this lovely excerpt from a 1989 issue of The Conglomerate. We look forward to the days when our halls can be this full again!

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, The Conglomerate 1989]

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Enjoy this lovely excerpt from a 1989 issue of The Conglomerate. We look forward to the days when our halls can be this full again!

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, The Conglomerate 1989]

#HurleySchoolofMusic #HurleyHistory

04/27/2021

Drew Echols - Senior Recital

An amazing senior recital. Bravi Drew Echols and Dr. Gay Grosz!!

04/26/2021

Drew Echols - Senior Recital

Drew Echols - Baritone - Senior Recital
Pianist, Dr. Gay Grosz
Voice Student of Professor Emeritus Gale Odom, DMA

April 26, 7 pm
First Baptist Shreveport, Sanctuary

Senior Recital - Brennen Templeton - Centenary College of Louisiana 04/24/2021

Senior Recital - Brennen Templeton - Centenary College of Louisiana

JOIN US! Brennen Templeton's senior recital is now live! This recital is offered in partial fulfillment of the B.A. in Music with a concentration in Composition. Dr. James Eakin is Brennen's composition professor. Mr. Tom Hundemer is Brennen's horn professor. Help us celebrate his tremendous talents!

https://youtu.be/MsP6iD9nWPc

Senior Recital - Brennen Templeton - Centenary College of Louisiana Hello! My name is Brennen Templeton and this video is a compiled edit of many compositions I did during my Undergraduate studies at Centenary College of Loui...

04/23/2021

Check out Drew Echols's Senior Recital this Monday! To learn more about Drew, visit our #Seniorspotlight series.

#Hurleyschoolofmusic #Hurleyvoicedepartment #Hurleyhappenings #seniorrecital

Check out Drew Echols's Senior Recital this Monday! To learn more about Drew, visit our #Seniorspotlight series.

#Hurleyschoolofmusic #Hurleyvoicedepartment #Hurleyhappenings #seniorrecital

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 04/20/2021

Here's a sneak peek of the production photos from Colors of Love! Thank you to Shannon Palmer Photography for these beautiful images!

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Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 04/17/2021

Bravo to the Centenary College Choir on a wonderful concert tonight!

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04/13/2021

Pictured here is former choir director Dr. Will K. Andress and choir member Julie Clegg. In 1980, the choir embarked on an international tour to Poland and Russia which was a brave move as they were in the middle of the Cold War.

Despite the political unrest, the choir had a very successful tour and shared their gifts with the community during this difficult time.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1980]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #CentenaryCollegeChoir #music

Pictured here is former choir director Dr. Will K. Andress and choir member Julie Clegg. In 1980, the choir embarked on an international tour to Poland and Russia which was a brave move as they were in the middle of the Cold War.

Despite the political unrest, the choir had a very successful tour and shared their gifts with the community during this difficult time.

[Photo courtesy of the Centenary Archives, Yoncopin 1980]

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #CentenaryCollegeChoir #music

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 04/10/2021

Thank you to everyone who watched our cabaret last night! There were a number of requests for programs so we have attached a copy here for your viewing pleasure!

04/10/2021

Students and faculty of the Hurley School of Music present “Colors of Love,” a cabaret-style performance bringing together works from operas and musicals as well as the art song, lieder, and chanson repertory.

04/08/2021

What a pleasure it was to have Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, offer a masterclass while in Shreveport for a performance with the Shreveport Symphony! Mr. Kerr worked with Centenary Suzuki School student, Cal Alexander (student of Laura Crawford, Centenary, and Jan Sloman, Cleveland Institute of Music) on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35, which Cal will perform with the Centenary Youth Orchestra on Sunday, April 11 in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheater on Centenary's campus! Details for the concert will be posted in the comments below! Many thanks, Mr. Kerr!

What a pleasure it was to have Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, offer a masterclass while in Shreveport for a performance with the Shreveport Symphony! Mr. Kerr worked with Centenary Suzuki School student, Cal Alexander (student of Laura Crawford, Centenary, and Jan Sloman, Cleveland Institute of Music) on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35, which Cal will perform with the Centenary Youth Orchestra on Sunday, April 11 in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheater on Centenary's campus! Details for the concert will be posted in the comments below! Many thanks, Mr. Kerr!

04/04/2021

Many thanks to Dr. David Hobson and the Centenary Choir for a safe and beautiful Easter Sunrise Service!! Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Many thanks to Dr. David Hobson and the Centenary Choir for a safe and beautiful Easter Sunrise Service!! Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 04/02/2021

#FBF to when faculty and students came out to play and spray paint the backdrop for the upcoming spring cabaret!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Hurleyfamily #Theatrefamily #Centenaryfamily #Hurleyhappenings #Singersworkshop #Springcabaret #teamwork #pizzaandpainting

03/25/2021

#Tbt to piano recital hour when Drew and Carson ended up #twinning!

Clearly at Hurley, our creative tendencies are in sync!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #TBT #Hurleyfamily #hurleyvoicedepartment #Hurleyrecitalhour

#Tbt to piano recital hour when Drew and Carson ended up #twinning!

Clearly at Hurley, our creative tendencies are in sync!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #TBT #Hurleyfamily #hurleyvoicedepartment #Hurleyrecitalhour

03/20/2021

Enjoy this little snippet from our very own Wind Ensemble led by Tom Hundemer!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Hurleywindensemble #HurleyFamily #HurleyHappenings

Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock." 03/18/2021

Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock."

Check out a little #TBT clip of Dr. Sridhar from a concert just over a year ago!

#HurleyFamily #Hurleyfaculty #hurleyschoolofmusic

Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock." Janani Sridhar, sopranoEvgeni Karelin, clarinetCecilia Lo-Chien Kao, pianoVideo footage courtesy of Texas Christian University.

03/17/2021

In 1956, an Aeolian-Skinner organ was installed in Brown Chapel. In 1971, Schantz Organ Company installed the current organ console. The organ is now double its original size with additions by Schantz, Moller Organ Factor, and Dan Garland Organs.

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

In 1956, an Aeolian-Skinner organ was installed in Brown Chapel. In 1971, Schantz Organ Company installed the current organ console. The organ is now double its original size with additions by Schantz, Moller Organ Factor, and Dan Garland Organs.

#HurleyHistory #HurleySchoolofMusic #CentenaryCollege #music

Photos from Hurley School of Music's post 03/12/2021

We had our first in-person recital hour today! Bravi to all who performed! Also, how much fun is it walking back to your seat to the sounds of thunderous applause? Students, your Hurley family is proud of you!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Hurleyfamily #recitalhourmotivation

03/10/2021

Welcome to another edition of #Seniorspotlight! Meet Drew Echols, one of Hurley's graduating seniors!

Drew Echols is a senior Vocal Performance major at Hurley. During his time at Centenary he has appeared as Frank in Prince Orlofsky’s Ball and Paul in Company, as well performed as a member of The Centenary College Choir, Centenary Camerata, and Centenary’s Singers’ Workshop.


What is your favourite memory of Hurley?

My favorite memory from Hurley was my audition almost 4 years ago! I accidentally left one of my dress shoes in the men’s room before returning to Dallas and had a full Cinderella moment!

What are your plans after graduating?

After graduating, I plan on getting my masters in Vocal Performance and hope to attend some training or young artist programs to further develop my artistic ability and meet new people in the opera world!

What will you miss most about Hurley?

What I’ll miss most about Hurley is the smell of Wassail coming from the kitchen during the final's week of the fall semester. It always made me feel extra at home and comforted!

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what it would be?

Pad Thai all the way!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Hurleyfamily #Seniorfeature

Welcome to another edition of #Seniorspotlight! Meet Drew Echols, one of Hurley's graduating seniors!

Drew Echols is a senior Vocal Performance major at Hurley. During his time at Centenary he has appeared as Frank in Prince Orlofsky’s Ball and Paul in Company, as well performed as a member of The Centenary College Choir, Centenary Camerata, and Centenary’s Singers’ Workshop.


What is your favourite memory of Hurley?

My favorite memory from Hurley was my audition almost 4 years ago! I accidentally left one of my dress shoes in the men’s room before returning to Dallas and had a full Cinderella moment!

What are your plans after graduating?

After graduating, I plan on getting my masters in Vocal Performance and hope to attend some training or young artist programs to further develop my artistic ability and meet new people in the opera world!

What will you miss most about Hurley?

What I’ll miss most about Hurley is the smell of Wassail coming from the kitchen during the final's week of the fall semester. It always made me feel extra at home and comforted!

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what it would be?

Pad Thai all the way!

#HurleySchoolofMusic #Hurleyfamily #Seniorfeature

Videos (show all)

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

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