Dr. Alan Stevens
Dr. Alan Stevens was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus in June of 2015. Under his direction the chorus has grown in active membership, the number of performances has significantly increased, and he has created two small ensembles. Alan led the chorus to its first appearance at the Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) Festival of Choruses in July of 2016, and he will return with KGMC to present a featured hour-long “Coffee Concert” at GALA Festival 2021 in Minneapolis. Most importantly, he has helped the chorus increase its commitment to outreach concerts and events that directly support other local and regional nonprofit organizations.
Alan is also an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, where he is the Co-Director of Choral Activities. He conducts the BucsWorth Tenor Bass Choir and Greyscale, an a cappella jazz/pop ensemble. BucsWorth has received numerous awards and frequently performs throughout the region. Greyscale has released four studio albums, all available on major digital music distributors. Alan’s university choirs have collaborated with Alice Parker, Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Gawthrop, Chanticleer, The Swingles, New York Voices, Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and many local composers and performing groups. Alan is a contributing author to volume four of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, and a contributing author to Conducting Men’s Choirs. In 2017 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 returned on invitation in 2018 for a week-long residency. In June of 2019 he conducted and presented at the International Forum on American Choral Music in San Juan, Argentina.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, Alan lived in Arizona and sang for two seasons with the Phoenix Chorale. He appears on their album Northern Lights, voted the Best Classical Album of 2012 on iTunes. He sang for three seasons with True Concord (Tucson, AZ) and appears on the Grammy-nominated album Far in the Heavens, released in 2015. He also appears as a featured soloist with the CORO Vocal Artists on the album Sweet Music Here.
Alan 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. Alan 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. Alan 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.
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.