Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Soprano & Composer, Studies William Grant Still; CD: 'Motherless Child'

[Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell]

Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell is an African American soprano. She has composed many choral works. Her doctoral treatise was: “The Art Songs of William Grant Still”. Her CD “Motherless Child” was released by Inkhorn Music Productions in March, 2009.

“Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell
, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Voice Studies at Auburn University, holds degrees from Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow). Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University before coming to Auburn.” “During her career, Dr. Powell has distinguished herself as a researcher, interpreter and performer of solo vocal works by William Grant Still, and the African-American spiritual.”

Dr. Powell’s doctoral treatise, The Art Songs of William Grant Still, is considered an authoritative work on the subject, and her article 'William Grant Still: His Life and His Songs' was published in the prestigious NATS Journal of Singing. Dr. Powell served as the editor and wrote the introduction for William Grant Still: An Art Song Collection published by William Grant Still Music. Her most recent article, "The African-American Spiritual: Preparation and Performance Considerations" was published in the NATS Journal of Singing, May/June volume, 2005.

Dr. Powell is an accomplished composer and arranger of choral music, currently published by Gentry Publications/Fred Bock Music, the Hal Leonard Corporation, Alliance Music Publications, and Oxford University Press (London, England). Her works are in great demand at schools, churches, and choral festivals internationally.”

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