Associate Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Vocal Music Education
Alan Stevens is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal
Music Education at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN) where he conducts
the BucsWorth Men's Choir and Greyscale, an unaccompanied vocal ensemble that explores a fusion of styles. His choirs have
collaborated with Alice Parker, Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Gawthrop, Chanticleer, New York
Voices, and many local ensembles. Greyscale has performed at invited concerts in New
York City, Washington D.C., and extensively throughout the eastern Appalachian region.
BucsWorth has performed for the Intercollegiate Men's Choirs National Seminar (Urbana,
IL), and as the featured ensemble at the Young Men's Power Sing in Atlanta.
Dr. Stevens maintains an active conducting schedule in addition to academia. He is
the Artistic Director of the Appalachian Men's Ensemble (Johnson City, TN), and the
Artistic Director of the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus (Knoxville, TN). As a singer, Dr.
Stevens is a under contract with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and True Concord (formerly the Tucson Chamber Artists). Additionally, he regularly performs with Dada Cabaret, an experimental chamber ensemble that pushes the boundaries of classical music and
explores the divide between audience and performer. Dr. Stevens founded the non-traditional
ensemble in 2013 with his colleagues Dr. Heather Killmeyer, Dr. Stephanie Frye, and
Prior to moving to Tennessee, he was based in Arizona and sang for two seasons with
the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy. Dr. Stevens appears on the album Northern Lights (2012, Chandos/Naxos) with the Phoenix Chorale. He sang for three seasons with the
True Concord, and was the Assistant Director from 2011-2012. He appears on the album
Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus (2015, Reference Recordings). He performed with True Concord at Avery Fisher Hall
(Lincoln Center, NYC) at a special concert to celebrate the release of the album in
2015. Dr. Stevens also appears as a featured soloist with the CORO Vocal Artists on the album Sweet Music Here (2013, Coro Publishing).
Dr. Stevens began his career teaching middle and secondary vocal music in Illinois.
He was recognized each year in Who's Who Among American Teachers and received the
Educator of Distinction Award from the National Society of High School Scholars in
2004. After this he spent two years as a freelance musician in New York City, where
he studied voice with the late Shirlee Emmons while performing in a variety of opera,
theatre, and choral productions.
Dr. Stevens is devoted to the research and discovery of early-American music, pre-1850.
His dissertation focused on the performance practice of William Billings' music, and
Dr. Stevens was selected to present on this topic at the 2013 National Convention
of the American Choral Directors Association (Dallax, TX). Dr. Stevens received undergraduate
degrees in music education and vocal performance from Millikin University, where he
studied conducting with Brad Holmes. Dr. Stevens completed the Master of Music degree
at Northern Illinois University and the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of
Arizona, where his primary mentors were Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer. Dr.
Stevens is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Recording Academy,
National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, National Association for
Music Education, National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society,
Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Phi Mu Alpha. He currently serves as the Tennessee
American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards Chair for Men's Choirs.