The Music of Langston Hughes

Langston Dreams – High Voice


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Langston Dreams 

Hold Fast to Dreams • To Sit and Dream • I Dream a World

High Voice

Gentry Publications Softcover

The words of Langston Hughes resound more today than ever for justice, truth and freedom. Rosephanye Powell has selected 3 poems by Mr. Hughes and set them to music: 1. I Dream a World, 2. To Sit and Dream, and 3. Hold Fast to Dreams. These are contemporary art songs that should be a part of every vocal student’s study and performance repertoire.


Solo Voice

A Short Biography of Rosephanye Powell

– Rosephanye Powell is a renowned American composer known for her exceptional contributions to solo vocal and choral music.
– She boasts an impressive portfolio of published compositions, collaborating with esteemed publishers such as the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Publishing Group, Gentry Publications (including her major work, “The Cry of Jeremiah“), Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, and Shawnee Press.
– Dr. Powell’s compositions have earned recognition and have been expertly conducted and premiered by esteemed national and international conductors.
– Her musical creations have graced prestigious venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and Spivey Hall, among others.
– Notably, her works have been commissioned by distinguished ensembles such as Cantus and the Grammy award-winning men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer.
– Dr. Powell is highly sought after for commissions, composing annually for university choruses, professional, community, and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses.
– Her compositions are in high demand at choral festivals throughout the country and are frequently featured at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as Honor Choir festivals.
– Her versatile compositions encompass both sacred and secular pieces designed for mixed chorus, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and children’s voices.
– Some of her recent commissioned and premiered works include “Quiet Revolutionary” (a three-movement composition for SATB chorus and piano commissioned by Harvard University choirs), “Love Will Make A Way” (SATB) premiered by the Metropolitan Youth Chorale of New York at Lincoln Center, and “Get Busy” (SATB) premiered and conducted by the composer at Carnegie Hall.
– Notably, “The Cry of Jeremiah,” a four-movement sacred work for narrator, SATB chorus, organ, and orchestra, was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists and premiered at the Lincoln Center.
– Dr. Powell holds the position of Professor of Voice at Auburn University and holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and Alabama State University (B.M.E.).
– Before joining Auburn University in 2001, Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College and Georgia Southern University.
– Her research is focused on the art of the African-American spiritual and voice care concerns for voice professionals, specifically music educators, choral directors, and choral singers.
– Dr. Powell’s expertise takes her across the country and around the world, where she presents lectures, song demonstrations, and serves as a workshop clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for solo vocal competitions/auditions, honor choirs, choral workshops, and festivals.
– She has contributed her talents to various events, including the Melbourne International Singers Festival (AUS), the New York State School Music Association Conference (Rochester), and the Italian Feder Gospel Choirs Workshop (Milan, Italy), among others.
– Dr. Powell’s remarkable contributions to the world of music have earned her numerous awards, including the “Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award” from Harvard University Office for the Arts in 2022 and the “Living Legend Award” from the California State University African Diaspora Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles.
– She was also honored with the Marquis Who’s Who “Lifetime Achievement Award” and has been featured in notable publications such as Who Is Who in Choral Music, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Outstanding Young Women in America.
– Dr. Powell actively participates in professional organizations, including the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).

Product Details

  • Inventory: #HL 01108179
  • UPC: 196288103202
  • Publisher Code: JG0745
  • Width: 9.0″
  • Length: 12.0″
  • Page Count: 28 Pages

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The Music of Langston Hughes

Inspired by his messages of justice, freedom, and the hope that a brighter future lies ahead, notable composers and arrangers have beautifully coupled Langston Hughes' passionate words with equally captivating music.

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