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Dr. Curtis Everett Powell, Assistant Professor
Choral Conductor and Director of the Philharmonic Society


A native of Fairfield, Alabama, Dr. Curtis Everett Powell began his professional musical studies with Jessica Divers Hayden and later at the Alabama School of Fine Arts where he was graduated in 1979.  He studied with prominent music faculty at Talladega College, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (NY), Howard University in Washington, DC, Alabama State University, The University of Oklahoma at Norman, and the University of Mississippi.  Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director at Clark Atlanta University in 2011, Dr. Powell served on the music faculty at Delaware State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Prairie View A&M University.  In addition, he served as Visiting Organist and Music Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (AΦA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity).  Dr. Powell served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) – the first alumnus to serve on the ASFA Board of Directors.  He is listed in several biographical publications, some of which include: Who’s Who in Entertainment, Personalities of the Americas, Personalities of the South, International Men of Achievement, and The Who’s Who in American Education.  He was thrice selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.  While in Texas, Powell served as the Texas Chair of the Committee on Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the American Choral Directors Association. During 2007, he participated in a doctoral research program in higher education administration at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

In 2009, Powell served as Co-Chair of the “HBCU Choral Conductors Summit” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; and in 2010, served as a National Conductor of the 105 Voices of History (VOH) National Concert Choir – which was presented in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.