Lincoln Center performance to include William Powell and 26 AU students 

Photo of Dr. William Powell conducting a choirDistinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) will welcome Dr. William Powell and 26 Auburn University students on May 29, to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

Powell, professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts and director of choral activities at Auburn University, will be conducting Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as part of the special night. DCINY is presenting the performance, “With Strength and Joy,” as part of an anti-bullying event, with proceeds to benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation

DCINY is an organization that puts on concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center throughout the season, and provide a means for many localized performing/ vocal ensembles to have the opportunity to sing on the main-stage of these halls.

The 26 students represent each of the seven AU choral ensembles and will combine with several other groups from around the country to perform. DCINY conducted a rigorous set of audition for prospective groups and the students auditioned and passed. 

While some of the students might be visiting New York for the first time, Powell is no stranger to the prestigious performance venue. 

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to return to the Lincoln Center as a guest conductor for DCINY,”
Powell said. 

Powell teaches choral-related courses and conducts the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus, and Gospel Choir. His has conducted performances regionally, nationally and internationally. Powell also adjudicates choral festivals, and he has presented sessions for American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, and others. His music is published by Hal Leonard, Oxford University Press, and Gentry Publications, which will release “The William Powell Choral Series” in 2017. He holds degrees from Alabama State University, Westminster Choir College, and Florida State University.

The AU choral program consists of seven different choirs: Chamber Choir, Conductors’ Chorus, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and University Singers (show choir). Throughout its history, members of the Auburn University Choirs have performed throughout various parts of the United States, Europe, and Russia. They have produced recordings, and have appeared on national television, radio, and other mass media outlets, and they have premiered works by nationally-recognized American composers. Collectively, the AU Choirs perform approximately 50 concerts each year, reaching thousands of audience members annually.

The program for "With Strength and Joy" is as follows: 

Monday, May 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
William Powell, Guest Conductor
Antonio Vivaldi: “Gloria”
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Meredith Lustig, Soprano
Katherine Polit, Soprano
Jessica Grigg, Mezzo-Soprano

Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor
Pepper Choplin: “Psalm 23: A Journey with The Shepherd” (Lincoln Center Premiere)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Pepper Choplin, full time composer, conductor and humorist has gained a reputation as one of the most creative voices in church music today. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies around the world, and each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. 

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Participating Ensembles: 
Auburn University Choirs (AL)
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church New Life Singers (AL)
Chelsea High School Choir (AL)
Greensboro Day School Chorus (NC)
The St. Margaret's Chancel Choir and Motet Ensemble (MD)
Martha Ellen Stilwell Advanced Chorus (GA)
Sam Rayburn Varsity Chorale (TX)
Asbury United Methodist Singers (OR)
Wake Forest Baptist Church Chancel Choir (NC)
Zion United Church of Christ Chancel Choir (OH)
First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir of Jonesboro, Arkansas (AR)
Wake Forest United Methodist Church (NC)
Seaside United Methodist Sanctuary Choir (NC)
Clemmons United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (NC)
Ponca City Festival Singers (OK)
Community United Methodist Church Choir (VA)
Adult Choir of Bonsack Baptist Church (VA)
Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir (VA)
Singers of Shelby (NC)
Gooding Community Choral and Orchestra (ID)
Amelia Plantation Chapel Chancel Choir (FL) 

About Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)
Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public concert presented on January of 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamically-charged musical entertainment in renowned venues. With its unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance. Commemorating their 10th Anniversary season in 2018, DCINY is proud to have presented life-changing performances for over 40,000 performers and 170,000 audience members since its inception. 

In addition to being selected three times to the Inc. 5000 listing, DCINY also recently received national recognition with the 2014 and 2015 American Prize in conducting – professional orchestra division to DCINY Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, and the 2015 American Prize in Arts Marketing to DCINY General Director Iris Derke and the DCINY Team. 
As of 2016, over 35,000 performers representing 43 countries and all 50 US states have participated in a DCINY production. DCINY has catered to over 170,000 audience members since the inception of the company and has produced 17 world premieres and over 190 concerts (as of 12/31/2016).

Program information provided by DCINY, please contact Andrew Ousley, for more information by emailing him at, or by calling 212-707-8566.

Last Updated: May 12, 2017