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Department of Music

College of Arts & Sciences

Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Featuring SARA BRIMER-DAVEY formerly of The Swingles!
Hosted by ETSU's Greyscale!

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

 Sara Brimer
Sara Brimer-Davey

Sara Brimer-Davey was born in eastern Tennessee and studied Music Education and Music Performance at East Tennessee State University. In 2009, she auditioned for the a cappella supergroup, The Swingles. She was selected as the first-ever American singer to be in the ensemble (aside from founder, Ward Swingle!). She moved to London in 2009 to join The Swingles as high soprano and sang with the group for almost ten years!

Sara has also worked on the Sky TV show Sing: Ultimate Acapella, she has sung on the backings of over 30 films, including Wonder Woman and the Hunger Games, and she has work-shopped and coached vocal groups and individuals worldwide. In March of 2018, Sara received the Distinguished Alumni in the Arts Award from East Tennessee State University recognizing her achievements as an outstanding vocalist, performer, and clinician. Sara left The Swingles in 2018 to pursue different opportunities in both singing and coaching. She is currently living just outside of Cambridge enjoying the English village life. 


Two Performance Opportunities for Your Ensemble:

Friday Exhibition Concert:Perform without the pressure of competing!

Saturday Competition Concert:Perform to compete for the top spot in
High School Mixed Ensemble
High School Male Ensemble
High School Female Ensemble
Best Overall High School Ensemble
Collegiate Mixed Ensemble
Collegiate Male Ensemble
Collegiate Female Ensemble
Best Overall Collegiate Ensemble

Guest judges include Sara Brimer-Davey!

 

 Apply Now to Perform!

 

Hosted by ETSU's Greyscale!

Greyscale

 

BucAppella 2019 Schedule

 

Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Bud Frank Theatre at ETSU

BucAppella Exhibition Concert

*The Friday night concert does not involve Sara Brimer-Davey

A concert featuring selected a cappella ensembles not competing!

Featuring ETSU's Own:

Gresycale Wordmark SwashBucklers Wordmark Harmonium Wordmark

$10 General admission for adults / $5 for students

Tickets On Sale Soon!


 Saturday, March 9, Bud Frank Theatre at ETSU

 BucAppella Festival

 Saturday Clinic Schedule Coming Soon!


 

Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Bud Frank Theatre at ETSU

BucAppella Competition Concert

A concert featuring selected a cappella ensembles in competition!

$10 General admission for adults / $5 for students

Tickets On Sale Soon!

*Tickets to the Finale Concert are included for individuals who register for the Saturday Clinic. 

 

BucApella Registration Fees

 

Selected Exhibition Ensembles must pay a $150 participation fee. This includes:

  • 12 minute performance slot on the Exhibition Concert (Friday night)
  • Saturday Clinic Registration for all ensemble members (and one director)
  • Tickets for all ensemble members (and one director) to the Competition Concert

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

  • 12 minute performance slot on the Competition Concert (Saturday night)
  • Recorded feedback from panel of judges, including Sara Brimer-Davey!
  • Saturday Clinic Registration for all ensemble members (and one director)
  • Tickets for all ensemble members (and one director) to the Exhibition Concert

Individual Participants:

  • Individuals (adults and students) may attend either the Exhibition Concert or the Competition Concert. Ticket information is available above.
  • Individual students in middle school, high school, or college  may attend the Saturday Clinic for a fee of $15. This INCLUDES a ticket to the Competition Concert on Saturday night.
  • Individual adults may attend the Saturday Clinic for a fee of $20. This INCLUDES a ticket to the Competition Concert on Saturday night. 

Directors:

  • All directors who bring ten or more students are FREE.
  • To register a group of students, email

 


Greyscale

www.etsu.edu/music
www.facebook.com/ETSUGreyscale

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.

Greyscale

 

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