William Powell


“Composing and arranging came about for me, primarily out of a need that arose within my choirs. There were pre-existing compositions that I wanted to do with my men’s group or my women’s group but were not available in their voicing. I soon began to learn that my singers would have more respect for published works rather than having to settle for my manuscripts.”

Dr. William C. Powell, professor and director of choral activities at Auburn University, holds degrees from Alabama State University, Westminster Choir College, and Florida State University. At Auburn, he teaches choral-related courses and conducts the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Gospel Choir. His guest-conducting engagements include performances in Italy, Australia, at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, and for various regional and state choral festivals. Powell is a frequent adjudicator, and he has presented sessions for American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, Intercollegiate Male Choruses, College Music Society, etc. His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, Oxford University Press, and Gentry Publications, which will release “The William Powell Choral Series” in 2017.