In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Rosephanye Powell.
The African-American composer, singer, and voice professor Rosephanye Powell is a leader among choral composers today. Powell has degrees in voice and music education from Alabama State University (B.M.E), Westminster Choir College (M.M), and Florida State University (D.M.). Powell served as a faculty member at Philander Smith College and Georgia Southern University. Currently, Powell serves as a Professor of Voice at Auburn University, where she has taught since 2001. Powell is frequently commissioned to write pieces for a wide variety of choral ensembles, including professional, collegiate, high school, and children’s choirs. These commission requests have resulted in a large body of compositions, both sacred and secular, that include something appropriate for every choir. Her pieces are grounded in her understanding of text and deep knowledge of the voice.