Dr. Curtis Everett Powell was recently the recipient of a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion for serving as a National Conductor for the 105 Voices of History National Concert Choir.
The Sept. 19 concert in the nation’s capital featured 105 vocal representatives of the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. Dr. Powell was one of four conductors that led the impressive mass HBCU choir.
Dr. Curtis Everett Powell, director of DSU Choral Activities, received a Kennedy Medallion for his service as a National Conductor at a recent concert in Washington, D.C.
Before an audience of nearly 2,500 at the Kennedy Center, Dr. Powell was presented the prestigious medal that is usually presented by the President to individuals whose talents and achievements have influenced this country’s arts, entertainment, and culture in a profound way. With special clearance from the Kennedy Center personnel, this was the first time in which the medallion was presented in this fashion.
Dr. Powell, along with the other HBCU conductors – Dr. Wayne Barr of Tuskegee University, Jeremy Winston of Wilberforce University, and D’Walla Simmons Burke of Winston-Salem State University – were the first recipients to receive this specially-designed ribbon and medallion award during a 105 Voices of History Kennedy Center performance. The Sept. 19 concert was the third annual 105 Voices performance.