Centenary Youth Orchestra

Centenary College of Louisiana launched the Centenary Youth Orchestra, with Dr. Todd Gabriel in 2014. The current director is Mr. Dan Santelices

Mission: The mission of the CYO is to provide high quality instruction for high school students by building ensemble skills and empowering them with the repertoire necessary to pursue college level auditions. By presenting a performance of quality with the ensemble every semester, we strive to bring both local and national attention to the CYO, the Hurley School of Music, and Centenary College of Louisiana.

Operating as usual

CYO’s 2nd Rehearsal in a Socially Distanced Setting!


Hurley Orchestra - Centenary Youth Orchestra Contact Information

Greetings (potential) CYO members! We are proceeding with updated safety protocols in order to—hopefully to proceed with a FALL Semester CYO Program. The meeting time is still scheduled for Mondays from 7:00-8:30PM in Feazel Rehearsal Hall on the campus of Centenary College.

School for the college begins August 10, however we will attempt to meet/play (in-person) on AUGUST 17. Online activities/playing may be substituted in the event of COVID-19 quarantine or college shutdown. The concerts for this year will be broadcast online and/or recorded without an audience.

Specific information, especially for potential new members, regarding how our school year will look, as best as I can ascertain, will be sent after filling out the Information Card below AND submitting an audition video—due Friday August 14. The following are Google Links for:

1. CYO Information Card


2. CYO Audition Requirements and Excerpts list (specific movement and measure numbers are what to be recorded)


3. Excerpts folder for ALL INSTRUMENTS


AUDITION VIDEOS should be sent to Mr. Santelices at [email protected] no later than AUGUST 14, 2020. Videos should be uploaded to a streaming platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, and a link sent in. Videos can be left “unlisted” for privacy. Please remember that the videos must be recorded in good light so that I can adequately see your entire stance, instruments and hands (for all instruments) bow holds and the entire bow (for strings) and the entire instrument for everyone. If you need further clarification of this, please e-mail questions.



Centenary Youth Orchestra Concert

Proud of what CYO accomplished this past Spring, along with Rebecca Kay Vacha and her C.E. Byrd High School Women’s Chorale.

Information regarding auditions and how the upcoming season may look like will be emailed to returning members. If you are interested in auditioning or joining please email Mr. Santelices: [email protected]


FLUTE/PICCOLO Veronica Jimenez-Bravo, principal Mekensie Peshoff Dr. Rebecca Murphy, piccolo OBOE Hannah Hobson, principal Autumn Tuttle ENGLISH HORN Theresa...


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[05/10/20]   Regretfully, the CYO Chamber Music Program scheduled for June 8-11 is postponed indefinitely per current Centenary College COVID policy.


Centenary Youth Orchestra Photos 2020

Thank you Sherry Heflin and Centenary Marketing Department for these photos from yesterday’s performance!!


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The CYO congratulates the C.E. Byrd HS Women’s Chorale and their director, Rebecca Kay Vacha-a Centenary alum, on their wonderfully prepared and musical moving performance yesterday!!

BRRRRRAVO to the C.E. Byrd HS Women’s Chorale and their FANTASTIC teacher/director, Ms. Rebecca Vacha in their debut performance with the CYO at our March 8 Concert of Randal Thompson’s “Come In” & “A Girl’s Garden” from Frostiana. Click on our live video link (32:33) and enjoy for yourselves!

Our 2020 CYO Seniors graduating this Spring at our March 8 Concert:
Emily Jordan - Violin, Airline HS
Autumn Tuttle - Oboe, Benton HS
Nathan Gay - Violin, Centenary College
Kaylee Messina - Violin, Caddo Magnet HS
Taylor Maust - Violin, Parkway HS
Katherine Phillips - Horn, Parkway HS
Evan Bryant - Trombone, Benton HS
Riley Daniels - Bassoon, Benton HS
Parker Fluegge - Trumpet, Benton HS (not pictured, due to sickness the morning of the concert😢)

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[03/07/20]   The CYO concert will begin live-streaming at 1:55pm, Sunday, March 8!!


This is the Press Release sent out by Centenary College advertising our March 8, concert!! Please come or tune in to enjoy the performance😊!!



[01/06/20]   CYO Open House & 1st Rehearsal tonight 7-8:30pm. Musicians are invited to “Check us out” w/o commitment. Refreshments served😀


[01/02/20]   C.Y.O. OPEN HOUSE & 1ST REHEARSAL MONDAY, JANUARY 6 from 7-8:30. Any high school musicians are invited to “check us out” and read though our upcoming concert repertoire.

[01/02/20]   CENTENARY NEW MEMBER AUDITIONS: JANUARY 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12. Email: [email protected] for info and to schedule an audition time

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[11/17/19]   Fingers crossed: We’ll livestream beginning 1:45 for our 2:00pm concert!

Centenary Youth Orchestra


Centenary Youth Orchestra fall concert is November 17 in Anderson Auditorium


centenary.edu The Centenary Youth Orchestra (CYO) presents its opening concert for the 2019-2020 season Sunday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music.

Congratulations to our fine musicians who competed in the inaugural CYO Concert Competition. Pictured below with Mr. Santelices are:

Caleb Joseph (Seitz: Viola Concerto No 3 in C-minor)
Taylor Maust (Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G-major)
Ashini Modi (Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G-major)
Corey Bowe (Bruch: Concerto No. 2)

All performed with excellence! The judges: Dr. Cory Wikan, Acting Dean of the Hurley School of Music; Mr. Borys Smolaga, Principal Viola of the Shreveport Symphony; and Mr. Brett Andrews, Operations/Personnel Manager/Educational & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Shreveport Symphony—selected Caleb, Ashini and Corey to perform with the CYO for the March 8 Concert.

Bravo to all the students for your playing and the hard work to prepare for today. And also thank you to the parents, audience and their teachers for coming to support them!!

[10/16/19]   The inaugural CENTENARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTO COMPETITION will be held this Saturday, October 19 at 9:00am in Anderson Auditorium! The following is the schedule of participants. Announcement of winner(s) will follow the performances! The winner(s) will perform with the CYO at our March 8, 2020 concert.

9:00 A.M. Ashini Modi, Violin
9:15 A.M. Caleb Joseph, Viola
9:30 A.M. Corey Bowe, Violin
9:45 A.M. Taylor Maust, Violin


Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

"John-Henry Crawford talked to The Times about the significance of playing Variations on a Rococo Theme with the SSO, his latest musical accomplishments, and the story behind his 200-year-old cello."

Sept 21 concert details & tickets:




10 comp tickets are available for CYO students for the SSO opening concert this Saturday. 1st come, 1st served. Contact Mr. Santelices through Remind.com or [email protected] to request

John-Henry Crawford is an alum of The Centenary Suzuki School and was a cello soloist with CYO for the inaugural year.

He most recently was the winner of the 2019 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music!! John-Henry is currently attending The Juilliard School.

I anticipate that this will be a sellout!!


shreveportsymphony.com On September 21, celebrate the new season with an all-Tchaikovsky spectacular! Following the fanfare-like Polonaise

[08/30/19]   Audition times still available for Monday, September 2 and Sunday, September 8! Email: [email protected] to schedule a time!



Google Link to CYO Audition Excerpts File:



Friday, August 23 4:00-6:00PM
Sunday, August 25 4:00-6:00PM
Monday, August 26 7:00-8:30PM
Monday, September 2 10:00AM-12:00NOON
Additional date(s) to be added, as needed

Contact Mr. Santelices at [email protected] to schedule your audition

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (Strings, Harp, Woodwind & Brass)
1. Solo selection of 3-5 minutes
2. One 3 Octave Scale in Major Key
3. One 3 Octave Scale in Melodic Minor Key
4. Selected Orchestral Excerpts
5. Sightreading

1. Solo selection of candidates choice up to 3 minutes
2. Short examples of Timpani, Snare and Mallet(xylophone/marimba) not included in No. 1
3. Sightreading

=2019-2020 CONCERTS: Sunday November 17, 2019 & Sunday, March 8
=INAUGURAL CONCERTO COMPETITION: Saturday October 19. 9:00AM-12NOON (details forthcoming)
=Contact Mr. Santelices at [email protected] to schedule your audition

The Chamber Music Camp Recital last night was an unqualified success!! Proud of all of our young musicians, for the families and the excellent teaching from the camp staff.

Shout out to Johnum Palado, whom I failed to acknowledge last night, for his brilliant accompanying and 1st year as a coach—after being a camp participant for a number of years!!!

Apologies to all for the livestream failure at last night’s recital. Posting a few videos from run through rehearsals, but hope to share video from parents.

Apologize to all for the livestream failure at last night’s recital. Posting a few videos from run through rehearsals. The following is a portion from a 1st time ensemble playing “Boogie”: Brian Han Holt Hamilton, Kylie Kay, Ian Shen. Johnum Palado on piano

Apologize to all for the livestream failure at last night’s recital. Posting a few videos from run through rehearsals. The following is a portion from Mozart K. 156 with Landon Kay, Ezban Robertson, Pius Lau and Fernando Trejo

Chamber Music Camp DAY 3!! Wonderful Performances coming your way tomorrow, Thursday June 6 at 6:30 P.M.(CDT) in Anderson Auditorium, Hurley School of Music Building.


Day Two: Fiddle Faddle. Harrison. The Chamber Camp runs on Dunkin

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