The Music of Langston Hughes

Rosephanye Powell

Rosephanye Powell

Rosephanye Powell’s exceptional talent spans across multiple domains including choral composition, vocal performance, music education, and research, with a particular focus on the preservation and presentation of African-American spirituals and Gospel music. Through her profoundly moving and captivating compositions, she brings to life the empowering messages of Langston Hughes; positivity, joy, and the essence of freedom. Driven by a deep belief in the importance of appreciating, embracing, and passing on the invaluable heritage of African Americans, Dr. Powell’s contributions shine a light on Hughes’ poetic brilliance that lies within our history.

Rosephanye Powell Choral Music

I Dream A World

This musical work by Rosephanye Powell, which features the words of Langston Hughes that inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is an anthem for those who believe in human rights, peace, and hope for a brighter future. This powerful piece combines a majestic melody, harmonies, and inspiring text that will motivate everyone to pursue their dreams. Suitable for medium level collegiate and high school choirs, I Dream A World is a must-have addition to any choir repertoire.

Black Nativity – Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack


I Dream A World – Concert Band – Conductor’s Score and Parts


I Dream A World – Full Orchestra – Conductor’s Score and Parts


Langston Dreams

Langston Dreams by Rosephanye Powell is a collection of modern art songs utilizing poetic verse by Langston Hughes. A trio of songs, I Dream A World, To Sit And Dream, and Hold Fast To Dreams are all centered around the theme of hopeful dreams. The songs use melodic vocal lines, jazz harmonies, and accented rhythms. Today more than ever, the significance of Mr. Hughes’ message of truth and freedom is of great importance. Every student’s academic and performance repertoire should include this distinctive work.

Langston Dreams – Vocal Solo For Low Voice


Black Nativity – Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack


Langston Dreams – High Voice


About Rosephanye Powell

Rosephanye Powell

Rosephanye Powell

Rosephanye Dunn Powell, an American composer, vocalist, professor, and researcher, is regarded as one of the nation’s top choral composers.

Rosephanye Powell, a celebrated American composer, is renowned for her exceptional solo vocal and choral music. Her works for mixed chorus, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and young voices include both sacred and secular pieces. Her compositional style is distinguished by appealing melodies, strong rhythmic emphasis, rich harmonies frequently drawn from popular African-American music, and a variety of vocal textures. Her catalog of musical works has garnered widespread recognition, spans a diverse range of genres, and are highly sought after at choral festivals throughout the United States.

With degrees from The Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, and Alabama State University, she currently serves as a Professor of Voice at Auburn University, where she is acknowledged for her research in African-American spirituals and voice care for professionals in the music industry. Recognized with numerous accolades, including the Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award from Harvard University, the Living Legend Award from California State University, and the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Powell remains an active member of esteemed musical organizations such as ASCAP, ACDA, and NATS.

Dr. Rosephanye Powell’s Langston Dreams (Low Voice, High Voice) and I Dream A World (All voicings, parts and scores) are published and made available by Gentry Publications.

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