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Greyscale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, is one of the premier vocal ensembles in the East Tennessee State University Department of Music. The ensemble was formed in 2013. The group performs a mix of contemporary choral works, pop arrangements, and vocal jazz. The select group of twelve singers who formed the group called themselves “Greyscale” to represent the non-specific type of music they perform – avoiding categorization in any clearly-defined, black-or-white genre. Greyscale released its first album in April of 2016, self-titled “Greyscale.” Their second album, “Spectrum,” was released in March of 2017, followed by their third album “Five Alive,” in 2018 to celebrate their fifth anniversary. This was followed up in December 2018 with a holiday album, “Christmastime in Tennessee.” All albums are available on major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and more. Greyscale has performed with New York Voices, The Swingles, and Voces8. The group tours frequently and has performed in New York City, Washington D.C., Nashville, and throughout the northeastern Tennessee region. The group annually hosts BucAppella, a non-competitive exhibition for high school and university contemporary ensembles. Guest artists for BucAppella have included Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Sara Brimer-Davey. Greyscale is inspired by ensembles such as The Swingles, 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.
Dr. Alan Stevens is the Co-Director of Choral Activities at East Tennessee State University where he conducts the BucsWorth Tenor Bass Choir and Greyscale, a contemporary a cappella ensemble. Under Dr. Stevens’ direction, BucsWorth has been recognized as one of the premier university TB 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, and has collaborated with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Mountains. BucsWorth frequently collaborates with other university TB 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 jazz, pop, and nontraditional/contemporary choral music. Greyscale has recorded four studio albums with multiple Grammy-winning engineer Martin Walters, which are available on all major digital streaming services. 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). Dr. Stevens maintains an active conducting, research, publishing, and presentation schedule. Two of his editions for TB choirs were published by Walton Music in 2020. He is a contributing author to volume four of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir (2017), and a contributing author to Conducting Men’s Choirs (2020). He has presented research from his dissertation at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference (2013) and the Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference (2017, 2018). He was selected by the ACDA as an International Conductors Exchange fellow in 2017 and traveled to Brazil to guest conduct at the renowned Conservatório de Tatuí. He returned in 2018 by invitation for a week-long residency. In 2019 he was invited to present at the Foro Coral Americano in San Juan, Argentina. Dr. Stevens currently serves as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for TB Choirs for the Southern Region of the ACDA as well as the State of Tennessee ACDA. Dr. Stevens frequently guest conducts, most recently for the Middle Tennessee TB Honor Choir, and the All Carolina Men’s High School Festival. In 2014 Dr. Stevens cofounded the “Men in Song” Choral Festival that now annually brings together hundreds of tenor and bass singers from across the region to sing under his baton. Dr. Stevens is the Co-Artistic Director of Renovam, a professional vocal ensemble based in Knoxville, as well as the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. 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.назад на список ансамблей