Dr. William C. Powell, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Auburn University, holds degrees from Alabama State University (B.M.E.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.E.), and Florida State University (Ph.D.). At Auburn, Dr. Powell conducts the Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Concert Choir, and Gospel Choir, and teaches choral-related courses.
Dr. Powell has guest conducted throughout the United States and abroad, including Australia, Italy, and Eastern Europe. He serves as a regular adjudicator for various choral festivals such as Festival Disney. He also gives presentations for the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, College Music Society, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the National Society of Music in Technology.
His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard Corporation, Gentry Publications, and Oxford University Press through which he and his wife, Rosephanye Powell co-edited a collection titled Spirituals for Upper Voices. He also has a choral series published by Gentry Publications.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Powell has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair of the Committee on Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the both the southwestern and southern divisions. He also holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education, and the American Society of Composers and Publishers.