When I Sing is a ChoralQuest work by Rosephanye Powell that expresses the joys of choral singing! The text, written in collaboration with the girls chorus of Auburn Junior High School in Alabama, moves from “I” to “We” in this rhythmic, soulful piece and gives young singers the opportunity to experiment with circle song structure. “Rosephayne Powell has done it again!  Using an original text about the power of singing, this piece is a first-rate choice for building musicianship and fostering community in the classroom. Your singers won’t want to stop singing the improvised ‘circle song’ section of the piece.” -Eugene Rogers, Series Editor

Meet The Composer

Dr. Rosephanye Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. Dr. Powell serves as Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University. Recent commission and premiere highlights include the 20th Anniversary of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and the St. Olaf Choir.

Dr. Powell travels the country and internationally serving as a workshop clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for solo vocal competitions/auditions, honor choirs, choral workshops and festivals. Recent commitments include the Oklahoma MEA All-State High School Women’s Choir; Kansas MEA All-State High School Women’s Choir; Festival Disney Choral Festival, clinician; North Carolina MEA Professional Development Conference, presenter and conductor; Melbourne International Singers Festival (AUS), conductor-composer-in-residence; Georgia All-State Chorus, Senior Women Chorus, conductor; the Italian Feder Gospel Choirs Workshop (Milan, Italy), conductor-composer-in-residence. She holds degrees from The Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, and Alabama State University. Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University prior to Auburn University.

About The Premiere

When I Sing was premiered on May 9, 2017 by the Auburn Junior High Elites Choir in Auburn, AL under the direction of Teresa Rhyne.