Rosephanye Powell to premiere "Gospel Trinity" in Lincoln Center

Dr. Rosephanye Powell is a well-known​  and prolific choral composer, arranger, singer and educator. She serves as the Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University (in the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts). Her role as a composer is taking center stage, for the moment, as her work “Gospel Trinity” is set to make its New York premiere in Lincoln Center on Monday, May 28, at 7 p.m., in David Geffen Hall.

“Dr. Rosephanye Powell is awe-inspiring,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “She is incredibly gifted and clearly passionate about her work, her students, and her faith.”

“Gospel Trinity” is a musical expression of one of the primary tenets of Christian theology. Composed in the Black Gospel music style, the work relies heavily upon the rhythm section of the piano, bass, and drum set while supported by the orchestra.

Powell’s premiere is part of a special program of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).

“It is with great pride that DCINY presents a new work by Rosephanye Powell,” said Iris Derke, DCINY co-founder and General Director. “Gospel Trinity is a soulful and uplifting masterwork of vocals, which features the composer as narrator and soloist. And who would be a better conductor than William Powell, her husband, who is also an accomplished choral arranger himself?” Derke added.

Both Rosephanye and William Powell have performed in Lincoln Center previously. In 2014, they worked together to premiere Rosephanye’s multi-movement choral work “The Cry of Jeremiah.”

Rosephanye Powell is recognized as one of America’s premier and most renowned African-American female composer of contemporary choral music. She has a diverse and impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation’s leading publishers. She teaches applied voice, art song literature, and vocal pedagogy courses. She conducts the Women’s Chorus and co-conducts the AU Gospel Choir. She was honored as a recipient of the “Living Legend Award” during the 2009 African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legends Festival held in Los Angeles, California, and she was a featured singer at the recent installation of AU’s new president, Steven Leath.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2018