The Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Musicconsists of music, books, periodicals, documents, audio & visual materials, and oral histories. The primary goal of the Archive is to facilitate research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music (church music and religious concert music) created and/or performed by the multicultural population of Southern California.
Dr. Rosephanye Powell
Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell, Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice Studies, holds degrees from Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow). Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University before coming to Auburn.
Dr. Powell's soprano singing has brought her, successfully, through recital, concert, and oratorio performances throughout the South and Northeast regions of the United States. Her oratorio performances include Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, and Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Requiem, and Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio. During her career, Dr. Powell has distinguished herself as a researcher, interpreter and performer of solo vocal works by William Grant Still, and the African-American spiritual. She has presented numerous recitals and lecture-recitals at churches, concert halls, universities and professional meetings around the country. Her doctoral treatise, The Art Songs of William Grant Still, is considered an authoritative work on the subject, and her article "William Grant Still: His Life and His Songs" was published in the prestigious NATS Journal of Singing. Dr. Powell served as the editor and wrote the introduction for William Grant Still: An Art Song Collection published by William Grant Still Music. Her most recent article, "The African-American Spritual: Preparation and Performance Considerations" was published in the NATS Journal of Singing, May/June volume, 2005.
Dr. Powell is an internationally-recognized composer and arranger of choral music, currently published by Gentry Publications/Fred Bock Music, the Hal Leonard Corporation, and Alliance Music Publications. Her works are in great demand at schools, churches, and choral festivals throughout the world. Dr. Powell's works have been premiered by renowned choral conductors, including, but not limited to, Philip Brunelle, Bob Chilcott, Rodney Eichenberger, Albert McNeil, Tim Seelig, and André Thomas. Recent commissions include, but are not limited to, Hope Come True, a suite of five songs for SSAA and SATB composed and arranged for MUSE Cincinnati's Women's Choir (OH), and premiered by MUSE and Central State University Chorus (2008); Rejoice!, for chorus, organ, trumpets, and timpani composed for the 50th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Auburn, Alabama (2007); Lullaby, a jazz ballad for women's chorus composed for Bella Voce Women's Ensemble, Las Vegas, Nevada (2007); Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, arranged for The Sofia Chamber Choir “Vassil Arnaudov”- Bulgaria, Southeastern Europe (2006). Children of the Rainbow, an original work, composed for the Columbus (OH) Children's Choir and the 2005 Children's Choral Festival of African-American Music; Pete, Pete arranged for the Montgomery Academy Middle School Chorus for the 2005 Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference; Sicut Cervus composed for the 25th Anniversary of the Texas Collegiate Women's Choral Festival, (2004); Still I Rise composed for Vox Femina, Los Angeles, CA (2004); Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child arranged for the 35th anniversary of VocalEssence (Minneapolis, MN, 2003); I'm Gonna Let It Shine and Good News, two spirituals adapted and arranged for "The Spiritual for the New Millenium Project" at Penn State University (2002); I Dream A World, composed for the University of Arkansas Concert Choir (2001); Ebony Trilogy (E Oru O, Drinkin' of the Wine, Spread the Love), composed for the Trumann State University Chorus (2000); and The Promise Lives On ("Sing for the Cure"), commissioned by the Women's Chorus of Dallas and the Turtle Creek Chorale, for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (2000).
Dr. Powell is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the College Music Society (CMS), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Dr. Powell is listed in the first edition of the international publication Who Is Who in Choral Music, released September 2007. She has been included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Outstanding Young Women in America in recent years.