When Centennial High School was built in 1993, the original administration pursued a quality education institution with particular excellence in academics, athletics, and performing arts. Twenty-two years later, Centennial ranks the highest in academic performance in the Kern High School District, has one of the strongest athletic programs in Bakersfield, and continues to produce superior performing art ensembles. The choral program at Centennial is recognized as one of the elite programs in the county. This comprehensive choral music education program consists of five choirs, made up of approximately 150 singers. The non-auditioned Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus consist of students with a wide range of vocal abilities and musical backgrounds who are given daily instruction in music theory, sight-singing, ear-training and choral performance. Continuing this instruction, Advanced Women’s Ensemble is an advanced auditioned women’s ensemble. The Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble open by audition only. The Chamber Singers is a small mixed ensemble open to advanced singers by audition. Under the direction of Patrick Burzlaff and accompanied by Dustin Powell the Singing Hawks continue to receive superior ratings at festivals all over the state of California.
Director of Vocal Music at Centennial High School
8601 Hageman Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93312