2020 KMEA All-State Treble Choir Conductor
Rosephanye Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. Dr. Powell serves as a Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University. Recent commission and premiere highlights include: Love Will Make A Way (SATB) premiered by the Metropolitan Youth Chorale of New York at Lincoln Center, NY; Get Busy (SATB) premiered and conducted by the composer at Carnegie Hall, NY; A Christmas Medley (SATB), commissioned and performed by multi-Grammy award-winning Chanticleer, as their concert closer for "A Chanticleer Christmas" Tour 2017; When I Sing (SSA), commissioned by the American Composers Forum CHORALQUEST series; I Want to Die While You Love Me (SSAA), composed for the ACDA 2013 Women’s Choirs Commission Consortium; Gospel Trinity (SATB), premiered at the Lincoln Center, NY; Phenomenal Woman, composed for MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Chorus; Friendship composed in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus; With What Shall I Come (SATB), composed for the St. Olaf Choir celebration of the 25th anniversary of Dr. Anton Armstrong, conductor, and premiered at Carnegie Hall; Why We Sing (TTBB), composed for Cantus Vocal Ensemble; The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation (SATB), composed for the NCMEA North Carolina Honors Chorus; and The Cry of Jeremiah, a four-movement sacred work for narrator, chorus, organ and orchestra, commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, premiered at the Lincoln Center, NY.
Dr. Powell travels the country and internationally serving as a composer-in-residence, workshop clinician, and conductor for honor choirs and All-State choral festivals. Recent commitments include: Tennessee All-State SSAA Choir; South Carolina ACDA SSA Honor Choir; Delaware All-State High School Mixed Choir; West Virginia All-State High School Mixed Chorus; Hillsborough County SSA Honor Choir (FL), conductor; Oklahoma All-State High School Women’s Choir, conductor; KMEA All-State High School Women’s Choir (Kansas); North Carolina MEA High School SATB Honor Choir; Georgia All-State Senior Women Chorus; Middle Tennessee Vocal Association Treble Honor Choir; Boston Children’s Chorus (MA), conductor, composer-in-residence; Festival Disney Choral Festival, clinician and adjudicator (Orlando, FL); the World Choir Games (Cincinnati, OH), adjudicator; Melbourne International Singers Festival (AUS), conductor, composer-in-residence; the Italian Feder Gospel Choirs Workshop (Milan, Italy), conductor, composer-in-residence.
Dr. Powell holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M), and Alabama State University (B.M.E).