Department of Music

Dr. Rosephanye Powell's "The Cry of Jeremiah" Receives National Premiere in Nashville

Dr. Rosephanye Powell's "The Cry of Jeremiah" Receives National Premiere in Nashville

Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Professor of Voice, and one of America’s most prominent contemporary women composers of concert choral music will serve as narrator for her four-movement choral work The Cry of Jeremiah to be premiered at the American Guild of Organists National Convention at Belmont University Concert Hall in Nashville, TN, on July 5, 2012. In addition to Dr. Powell, the performance will feature Dr. Gregg Bunn, organist and the Nashville Chamber Singers and orchestra, under the direction of musical director Angela Tipps. Invitations to compose for the bi-annual AGO conventions are a coveted honor granted to select nationally distinguished organ, choral and orchestral composers.

In November 2010, AGO invited and commissioned Dr. Powell to compose a multi-movement, sacred choral work that featured the organ in a prominent way. The subject matter concerns the biblical character Jeremiah, a prophet of Israel who has been imprisoned, beaten and subjected to public ridicule because of his prophecies of doom for the nation of Israel. In the four movements, based on the book of Jeremiah, Chapter 20, the prophet cries out to God, while experiencing myriad emotions, including anguish, betrayal, disillusionment and hope. Dr. Powell’s work is characterized by beautiful melodies, contrapuntal textures, rich harmonies, rhythmic vitality and passionate music that paint the drama of the text.

Presently, Dr. Powell’s works are published by major music publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, Oxford University Press, Fred Bock Music/Gentry Publications, and Alliance Music Publications. She receives yearly commissions from professional choirs, as well as music organizations, universities, schools and churches.

Dr. Gregg Bunn, organist, serves on the faculty of Belmont University School of Music. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, he has won first place in numerous organ competitions nationally. Since 2007, Dr. Bunn has served as organist of Brentwood United Methodist Church (a 7,000-member parish) just south of Nashville.

The Nashville Chamber Singers has been described as a "sophisticated delight" by the Nashville Scene. The auditioned ensemble has performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Ryman Auditorium and recorded for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Under the leadership of founding director Angela Tipps, the Singers merge decades of musical experience to produce a choral sound that is arguably Nashville’s best.

The Cry of Jeremiah will be premiered at 1:30 pm on July 5, followed by a second performance at 3:30 pm at the Belmont University Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.ago2012.org.

Last Updated: August 09, 2012