Choral Ensembles

Chorale Fall 2013

ETSU Chorale

The ETSU Chorale is a mixed ensemble composed of music majors and non majors from across all campus disciplines. Members are chosen through a selective audition process and must be dedicated to the highest level of artistry. The group performs in a variety of styles and genres, ranging from music of the Renaissance to newly-composed works. The Chorale tours throughout both the United States and abroad to provide students with unique performance opportunities. The Chorale is directed by Dr. Matthew Potterton. 

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Greyscale is one of the premier ensembles in the ETSU Department of Music, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens. The group was created in the fall of 2013 with the goal of performing a variety of vocal music genres, primarily focused on jazz and pop. The select group of twelve singers who formed the initial ensemble decided to call themselves “Greyscale” to represent the non-specific type of music they performed – avoiding categorization as a black-and-white “type” of group. The constant challenge for Greyscale is to find creative arrangements that blend jazz, pop, folk, and classical styles into new unaccompanied vocal works. To accomplish this, students within the ensemble often arrange pieces specifically for Greyscale to perform. Greyscale is inspired by ensembles such as The Swingle Singers, Real Group, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Voces 8, and Pentatonix. The twelve singers in Greyscale are selected through a rigorous audition process. Students must re-audition each year, and they must be able to perform as both an ensemble singer and a lead vocalist. The repertoire for the ensemble is chosen to allow each member an opportunity to be featured throughout the course of the performance year. The students rehearse only twice a week, but are expected to spend a considerable amount of time learning music, memorizing, and practicing on their own. It is this level of dedication among the ensemble members that has allowed Greyscale to become a recognized success on the ETSU campus and in the Tri-Cities community in a very short amount of time. Greyscale has appeared on the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, has been the featured performer on WETS 89.5 Studio One, and has performed for a variety of high-profile ETSU events, including the Distinguished President’s Trust Banquet, the President’s Classroom, and the Spring Fling. 

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East Tennessee Belles

East Tennessee Belles

East Tennessee Belles is open to all students on campus who are dedicated to the performance of choral music. The group tours throughout the region, and performs a four-concert series each year. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Matthew Potterton.

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BucsWorth Men's Choir

BucsWorth Men's Choir

         BucsWorth Men’s Choir was formed in the early 1990s at East Tennessee State University by Dr. Thomas Jenrette as a primarily acapella chamber ensemble called “10 BucsWorth” – which referred to the number of guys in the ensemble and a play-on-words reference to the ETSU mascot, the Buccaneers. When Dr. Jenrette retired in 2012, the ensemble was expanded to a full men’s choir under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens. BucsWorth is composed of men from across all campus discipline, and it is open to any student by audition. BucsWorth performs a mix of traditional and contemporary choral music and often collaborates with the East Tennessee Belles, their sister ensemble at ETSU.  BucsWorth is a founding partner in the "Men in Song Choral Festival," an annual two-day festival that draws over 200 men from the eastern Tennessee region to sing together and promote choral music education. This November, BucsWorth was invited to be the featured ensemble at the “Young Men’s Power Sing” in Atlanta, hosted by the Atlanta Youth Singers and the Atlanta International School. You can find more information about BucsWorth Men’s Choir and keep up to date about all concert appearances and events on their Facebook page. 

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