Dr. Alan Stevens
Alan Stevens is the acting artistic director for KGMC. He is currently the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Music Education at ETSU. Prior to coming to KGMC, Dr. Stevens resided in Tucson, AZ, where he was the Assistant Director of the Tucson Chamber Artists, a professional choir and orchestra composed of musicians from across the United States. Dr. Stevens conducted works including Brahms’ Begräbnisgesang and Copland’s Four Motets, in addition to preparing and performing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil (Vespers), and many others. For two seasons, he was a member of the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy. Dr. Stevens appears with the Chorale on the album Northern Lights, released in 2012 on the Chandos label.
Prior to Tucson, he spent two years as a freelance musician in New York City, where he studied voice with the late Shirlee Emmons. He performed in a variety of opera, theatre and choral productions, and he sang with The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Dr. Stevens taught middle and secondary vocal music in Illinois public schools for six years, during which time his choirs won multiple awards at the regional and state levels. 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. Dr. Stevens maintains an active career as a professional choral singer. He is under contract with the Tucson Chamber Artists and the Tennessee Chamber Chorus.
He 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 recently selected to present on this topic at the 2013 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. He 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 Association for Music Education, Chorus America, National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Phi Mu Alpha.
Josh Sumter is a native of Knoxville, TN and graduated from Maryville College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. During his time at Maryville he was twice the recipient of the Brock Organ Education Fund Scholarship (given by the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists) as well as a recipient of the Scholarship for First-Time Attendees to the Sewanee Church Music Conference. He spent two years accompanying the Maryville College small ensembles Lads and Lassies. Josh is currently the organist for St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Farragut where his duties include playing all services each week, leading the choir in the director’s absence, and teaching and directing the handbell ensemble. In addition to this, Josh is a member of the Overtones which is a small, mixed vocal ensemble consisting of six singers for which he sings Tenor II and Baritone. He is also the organist in the Aisling Trio which is comprised of piano, organ, and percussion. For this trio, he arranges and transcribes music—some of which he hopes to have published. Josh also does freelance work as accompanist for various choirs in eastern Tennessee, including the Appalachian Men’s Ensemble and Karns High School Choirs. Josh is an Artistic Associate for the Maryville College Choirs. When he isn’t glued to the organ (or piano) bench, you can find him anywhere from out in the mountains hiking all the way to the middle of downtown Knoxville enjoying the symphony or in his own home entertaining guests with classic records and homemade food. Josh is an Artistic Associate for the Maryville College Choirs. When he isn’t glued to the organ (or piano) bench, you can find him anywhere from out in the mountains hiking all the way to the middle of downtown Knoxville enjoying the symphony or in his own home entertaining guests with classic records and homemade food.