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 alternative music through 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.
Alan 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). 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. Alan and three other musicians founded the non-traditional ensemble in 2013. In 2015, Dada Cabaret was featured at a regional conference of the College Music Society. Alan is a performing artist with the Tennessee Chamber Choir and True Concord.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, Alan was based in Arizona and sang for two seasons with the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy. Alan appears on the album Northern Lights (2012, Chandos/Naxos) with the Phoenix Chorale. He was the Assistant Director of True Concord for the 2011-2012 season. He appears on the album Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus (2015, Reference Recordings). Alan also appears as a featured soloist with the CORO Vocal Artists on the album Sweet Music Here (2013, Coro Publishing).
Alan 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.