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BucAppella is a unique opportunity for you and your students to work with the best in a cappella!!

Ben Bram

Ben Bram is a two-time Grammy award-winning arranger, vocal producer, engineer, and music director from Los Angeles. A graduate of USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is co-founder, collaborator, and longtime friend of Pentatonix and has served in many different capacities, most notably as arranger, engineer, and producer. Ben also has an extensive resume in film, TV, and commercials, which includes work for Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, The Sing-Off, Glee, CoverGirl, Lifetime, and MTV. In addition to film, TV, and recording work, Ben enjoys staying involved in the greater a cappella community. Along with Avi Kaplan and Rob Dietz, he co-founded A Cappella Academy, a teen summer intensive designed to train and mentor up-and-coming vocal talents. He is a frequent guest clinician at various a cappella festivals and continues to arrange for scholastic and professional groups alike. He recently created Snowfall, a pop/jazz caroling company based in Los Angeles. You can find him @thebenbram on Twitter and Instagram and on his website


BucAppella 2018 Schedule


Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Martha Street Culp Auditorium

BucAppella Opening Concert

*The Friday night concert does not involve Ben Bram

Featuring ETSU's Own:

Gresycale Wordmark SwashBucklers Wordmark Harmonium Wordmark

$10 General admission for adults / FREE for all students through college

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Saturday, March 24, Martha Street Culp Auditorium

 BucAppella Festival


9:00-12:00      Participant Registration (For all directors, students, and public)
9:30-10:00      Welcome and Warm Ups
10:00-10:30    Masterclass with Ben Bram and ETSU Harmonium
10:30-10:40    Change over
10:40-11:10    Masterclass with Ben Bram and Dobyns-Bennett Duly Noted
11:10-11:20    Change over
11:20-11:50    Masterclass with Ben Bram and ETSU SwashBucklers
11:50-12:00    Change over
12:00-12:30    Masterclass with Ben Bram and Dobyns-Bennett Armonia 
12:30-1:45      Lunch Break 
1:45-2:20        Q&A with Ben Bram
2:20-2:50        Masterclass with Ben Bram and UT VOLT
        Change over
3:00-3:45        Masterclass with Ben Bram and ETSU Greyscale 
3:45-4:15        Rehearsal of “Dynamite” with Ben Bram
4:15-4:30        Wrap up and final Q&A with Ben Bram
4:30-7:30        Dinner break and concert sound checks

7:30 p.m.       BucAppella Finale Concert

$10 General admission for adults / FREE for all students through college

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*Tickets to the Finale Concert are included for selected masterclass ensembles and all Festival participants.

Bram and Pentatonix

Ben Bram and the Pentatonix


BucApella Registration Fees


Selected ensembles must pay a $250 participation fee. This includes:

  • 30 minute masterclass with Ben Bram
  • 12 minute performance slot on the Finale Concert (Saturday night)
  • Tickets for all ensemble members and up to three faculty to the Opening Night Concert (Friday)
  • Access to all of the BucAppella Festival (Saturday)
  • **Meals are not included in the ensemble participation fee.

Students not in a masterclass ensemble:

  • All students (through college) are $5 each. This includes all activities on Saturday and the Finale Concert. (The Friday Opening Concert is FREE for students.)
  • Individual students may register at the door.
  • To register a whole student group, email a list of all student participants prior to:   prior to March 16. 
  • Group payments may be sent prior to the festival (by check) or paid at registration (check, cash, or card), butthe payment must be received before students are allowed to participate. 
  • Student ensembles may also register at the door, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. 


  • All directors who bring ten or more students are FREE.
  • Directors with ten or less students (or no students) are $15 each for the entire Saturday festival and Finale Concert
  • The Friday Opening concert is a separate charge of $10 general admission for adults.

Public Adults:

  • BucAppella is open to all public adult participants not associated with an academic institution for a fee of $20 each This must be paid at registration Saturday morning. Adults must attend the directors workshop on Saturday afternoon (not the student rehearsal). The registration fee includes the Finale Concert on Saturday night.
  • The Friday Opening concert is a separate charge of $10 general admission for all adult public. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alan Stevens at  


Greyscale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, is one of the premier ensembles in the ETSU Department of Music. Greyscale has become a recognized success on the ETSU campus and in the Tri-Cities community. In January of 2015 Greyscale toured and appeared on invited performances in New York City and Washington D.C., including show at the renowned B.B. King's on 42nd Street in NYC. In April of 2015, they hosted New York Voices on ETSU's campus. The group has performed for the Rossini Festival (Knoxville, TN), Blue Plum Festival and Founder's Park Concert Series in Johnson City, the Niswonger Children's Hospital "Broadway Comes to Greeneville," and has been the featured performer on WETS 89.5 Studio One multiple times. They have appeared at many high-profile ETSU events, including the Distinguished President's Trust Banquet, the President's Classroom, Fall Convocation, Athletics Night of Champions, and the Spring Fling. 

Greyscale released its first album in April of 2016, self-titled "Greyscale," followed by their second album in March of 2017, "Spectrum." The albums are available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and most digital media sources. Compact Discs are available for purchase from the ETSU Department of Music:  

The group was created in the fall of 2013 to perform a variety of vocal music genres, primarily focused on jazz and pop.The select group of twelve singers who formed the initial ensemble called themselves "Greyscale" to represent the non-specific type of music they performed – avoiding categorization in any clearly-defined, black-and-white genre. The constant challenge for Greyscale is to find creative arrangements that blend jazz, pop, folk, and classical styles into new unaccompanied vocal works.

Greyscale is inspired by ensembles such as The Swingle Singers, Real Group, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Voces 8, and Pentatonix. The 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.



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