Dr. Steven Powell has built choral programs at universities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Wisconsin, and a high school in Indiana, taking his groups to NY (Carnegie Hall), Montreal, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Antonio. When he came to Drexel in 1989 there were three choral groups on campus, with about 60 students participating. Today, there are over 250 students engaged in choral performance on campus in five choral groups administered by the Department of Performing Arts, and three student-run a cappella groups started by singers in the University Chorus.
Dr. Powell’s educational background includes a B. Mus. from the University of Michigan in Voice, with a teaching minor in Physics, and Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington) in Choral Conducting with minors in Musicology and in Voice.
He is an active researcher with numerous books and articles, and a busy choral clinician and guest conductor. His research areas include the use of music techonology in choral performance, cutting edge work as a music engraver, and expertise in the large choral-orchestral works of the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. His doctoral document, “A Conductor’s Analysis of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Tudor Portraits’” was used to inform a performance of the work at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Powell is owner/managing editor of DVM Publications, a music engraving company, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Music Engraving Today," currently in its second edition. He has won 12 Paul Revere awards, awarded by the Music Publishers Association for best professional engraving in a given year. His client list includes Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard Publishing, Boston Music, Garland Music, Brichtmark Music and Plymouth Music. He is a music font designer and his music-in-text fonts “Metronome” and “MetTimes” are in use by dozens of universities and major publishers.