Associate Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Vocal Music Education
Dr. Alan Stevens is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of
Vocal Music Education at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Stevens conducts BucsWorth Men's Choir and Greyscale, an unaccompanied contemporary a cappella ensemble.
Under Dr. Stevens’ direction, BucsWorth has been recognized as one of the premier
university men’s choirs in the nation. BucsWorth received third place in the 2017
American Prize Competition for University Choirs, and have been selected to perform
at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, the Tennessee Music Educators
Association State Conference, and the Young Men’s Power Sing in Atlanta. BucsWorth
performs a diverse repertoire of both traditional and contemporary choral music, including
performances with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and frequent collaborations
with other university men’s ensembles. BucsWorth has premiered works by Dan Forrest
and Daniel Gawthrop, and has hosted guest artists including Alice Parker, Ola Gjeilo,
Brad Holmes, and Chanticleer (with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts).
Dr. Stevens formed Greyscale in 2013. The ensemble performs a diverse repertoire of
pop, jazz, traditional, and contemporary choral music. They have recorded three studio
albums with multiple Grammy-winning engineer Martin Walters, which are available on
all major digital distributors including iTunes and Spotify. Greyscale frequently
tours, most recently to New York City and Washington D.C. Greyscale has hosted Deke
Sharon, Ben Bram, New York Voices, and The Swingles (with the Mary B. Martin School
of the Arts).
In addition to ETSU, Dr. Stevens maintains an active research and conducting schedule.
He authored four chapters in volume four of Teaching Music Through Performance in
Choir, published by GIA. He has presented research at the American Choral Directors
Association National Conference and the Tennessee Music Educators Association State
Conference. He was selected by the American Choral Directors Association as an International
Conductors Exchange fellow and traveled to Brazil to guest conduct at the renowned
Conservatório de Tatuí in Brazil. Dr. Stevens is the Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional vocal ensemble that performs throughout eastern Tennessee, as well
as the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. Dr. Stevens currently serves as both the Southern Region and Tennessee American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Resources Chair for Men’s Choirs.
He has conducted many festival ensembles, most recently the All Carolina Men’s High
Prior to Tennessee, Dr. Stevens was based in Arizona and sang for two seasons with
the Phoenix Chorale. He appears on their album, Northern Lights. He also sang for three seasons with
True Concord (Tucson, AZ), and was the Assistant Director for the 2011-2012 season. He appears
on the Grammy-Nominated album Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus.
He also appears as a featured soloist with the CORO Vocal Artists on the album Sweet
Dr. Stevens began his career teaching secondary choral music in Illinois, followed
by several years as a freelance musician in New York City where he studied voice with
the late Shirlee Emmons. Dr. Stevens received undergraduate degrees in music education
and vocal performance from Millikin University, the Master of Music degree from Northern
Illinois University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the
University of Arizona. Dr. Stevens is a member of the American Choral Directors Association,
Recording Academy, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, National
Association for Music Education, GALA Choruses, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lamda,
Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Phi Mu Alpha.