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American Composers Forum, or ACF, has selected composer Rosephanye Powell from the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University as the 2016-2017 ChoralQuest composer. Powell will work with choir director Teresa Rhyne at Auburn Junior High School. The school was selected by Powell to host the residency due to its strong music program, talented leadership and excellence of programs including recent performances at Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama All-State CHORUS and other festivals.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the students at Auburn Junior High and Ms. Rhyne. I look forward to our journey together, composing a work that will be sung by children around the country and perhaps the world,” Powell said.

ChoralQuest is a music series written especially for middle-level choirs by world-class composers. The series is designed to breathe new life into the available repertoire for choral students in middle school and junior high, introduce students to the composition process and give commissioned composers the unique opportunity and challenge of writing new works for young, changing voices. Composers visit rehearsals and engage with the students before composing a piece specifically for the choir. These pieces are published by ACF and will be distributed exclusively by the Hal Leonard Corporation. The experience is fully funded and provided free of cost to Auburn Junior High. The premiere performance will take place on May 9.

For more information about the Choral Quest program, go to www.ChoralQuest.org or www.ComposersForum.org. More information about Powell is available online