Department of Music

Auburn University Chamber Choir Performing at ACDA Convention

Auburn University Chamber Choir Performing at ACDA Convention

The Auburn University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. William Powell, will perform by invitation at the Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) on Friday, March 7 in Jacksonville, FL.  Selection for performance at this prestigious convention is achieved by a highly competitive audition. ACDA is a group of choral conductors who are committed excellence in choral performance and music learning.  We are extremely proud of our Chamber Choir and Dr. Powell for their selection as a performing ensemble at this year’s conference. In route to Jacksonville, the choir will perform their conference program for students and faculty at Wallace Community College in Dothan, AL.  On Sunday, March 2, they performed the program locally at Auburn First Baptist Church in a concert shared with the Emory University Concert Choir.

William C. Powell, professor and director of choral activities at Auburn University, teaches choral-related courses and conducts the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus, and Gospel Choir.  His guest-conducting engagements include performances in Italy, Australia, at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, and at various regional and state choral festivals.  Powell is a frequent adjudicator and he has presented sessions for American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, Intercollegiate Male Choruses, College Music Society, etc.  His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, Gentry Publications, and Oxford University Press.

The program will feature two works by Auburn University Professor of Music, Dr. Rosephanye Powell,  who teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and conducts the Women’s Chorus in addition to work with the Gospel Choir. She has been hailed as one of America's premier women composers of choral music and 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, Oxford University Press and Alliance Music Publications. She has composed commissions for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses.

The choir will perform Arise Beloved!, based on text from Song of Solomon 2:7-13 which uses images from nature as a backdrop to express thoughts of love and passion. Text painting, call and response, and harmonic color combine to provide an energetic expression of this beautiful and passionate text. They will close the concert with movement IV Hallelujah, from Powell’s work The Cry of Jeremiah. This piece sets text from Jeremiah 20:11-13. Jeremiah’s complaint grows into praise as he reconciles that God is faithful to his promise to deliver the righteous. Musically, Hallelujah begins serenely revealing that Jeremiah has resolved his issues with God. The song builds to a joyful celebration of God’s faithfulness.

Joining the choir as pianist is Laurelie Gheesling, who joined the Auburn Department of Music faculty in the fall of 2009. Teaching activities include collaborative piano, applied piano, chamber music, and the Alexander Technique. Her experience includes a diverse background in vocal arts, opera, choral, instrumental and musical theater.

The concert also includes performances of Chariots by Péter Louis van Dijk, a Dutch composer. This piece sets verses from Psalms 20 on a rhythmic ostinato on the word “chariots” that moves throughout the choral voices accompanying the development of motivic fragments that impart the remaining text.

Hear My Prayer by Baroque composer Henry Purcell; Dörven Dalai an Inner Mongolian Folk Song arrangement;  and Nyon Nyon by Jake Runestad which features a lively exploration of the sounds that one can produce with the human voice will round out the program.

The Auburn University Chamber Choir is a highly select group of singers founded and conducted by Dr. William Powell. They perform a wide range of choral literature from spirituals and folk songs to representative and standard repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary periods.  Performers include undergraduate students in music performance, music education, and many other curricula from among the student body at Auburn University. Recent activities include performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus State University Choirs, joint performances with both the Emory University Concert Choir and the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir, and a performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Auburn University Community Orchestra. In May 2014, Dr. Powell and members of this and other Auburn University choirs will perform The Cry of Jeremiah by Rosephanye Powell in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.


Last Updated: March 04, 2014