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 has 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 many incredible musicians, including 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 is a contributing author to 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. He has since returned to conduct and present in South America in Brazil and Argentina. 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 TTBB Choirs. He has conducted many festival ensembles.
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 Music Here.
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.