Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premiere women composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation’s leading publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, and Alliance Music Publications. Additionally, Dr. Powell has composed for the Oxford University Press (London) and is commissioned yearly to compose for professional and community choruses, church choirs, university choruses and secondary school choirs throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been auctioned by Chorus America and her compositions are in great demand at choral festivals around the country, frequently appearing on the regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as Honor Choir festivals. They are performed in many parts of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South and Central America. Dr. Powell’s compositions include sacred and secular works for mixed chorus, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and children’s voices.
An accomplished singer and voice professor, Dr. Powell’s research has focused on the art of the African-American spiritual, the art songs of William Grant Still (dean of African-American composers), and voice care concerns for voice professionals (specifically, music educators, choral directors, and choral singers). She travels nationally and internationally presenting lectures, lecture-recitals, recitals, workshops and clinics on these subjects.