Dr. Alan Stevens was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus in July of 2016. He 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 contemporary vocal ensemble. His choirs have collaborated with Alice Parker, Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Gawthrop, Chanticleer, New York Voices, Deke Sharon, 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.
Dr. Stevens maintains an active conducting and performing schedule in addition to the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and academia. He is the Artistic Director of the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus (Knoxville, TN), as well as the Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (Johnson City, TN). He performs regularly with Dada Cabaret, an experimental chamber ensemble that he co-founded in 2013 with three other musicians. Dada Cabaret was featured at a regional conference of the College Music Society in 2015 and received the College Music Society’s Community Engagement Grant in 2016.
Prior to Tennessee, Dr. Stevens was based in Arizona and sang for two seasons with the Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy. Dr. Stevens appears on the album Northern Lights (2012, Chandos/Naxos) with the Phoenix Chorale. 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 (2015, Reference Recordings). He appears as a featured soloist with the CORO Vocal Artists on the album Sweet Music Here (2013).
Dr. Stevens began his career teaching secondary vocal music in Illinois, followed by two years as a freelance musician in New York City. In NYC he studied voice with the late Shirlee Emmons while performing in a variety of opera, theatre, and choral productions. Dr. Stevens is devoted to the research of early-American music, pre-1850. His dissertation focused on the performance practice of William Billings' music, and he was selected to present on this topic at the 2013 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (Dallas, TX). He currently serves as the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Resources Chair for Men’s Choirs and is on the Advisory Council of the Mountain Empire Children’s Chorus (Bristol, TN).
Dr. Stevens 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, followed by the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona with Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer. Dr. Stevens is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Recording Academy, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, National Association for Music Education, National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, GALA Choruses, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Phi Mu Alpha.
Dr. Noah DeLong was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus in August of 2016. Dr. DeLong is a versatile musician who has found success as a conductor, educator, tenor soloist, collaborative pianist, and church musician. Currently an Associate Professor of Music at Milligan College, he conducts the Milligan Concert Choir, an auditioned choir that regularly tours the U.S. and performs with regional orchestras. In addition, he leads Heritage, a select a cappella ensemble, and the Milligan Women’s Chorale. He also teaches conducting, applied voice, music theory, aural skills, and secondary music methods, and is the faculty sponsor for Milligan’s collegiate NAfME chapter.
Dr. DeLong earned the D.M.A. degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa, where he studied under Dr. Timothy Stalter. DeLong’s research focuses on the choral music of the Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, including a newly prepared edition of the unpublished oratorio The Book of Ruth. He also holds a B.A. in Music and Mathematics from Taylor University and a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from Ball State University.
DeLong is active as a guest conductor and clinician, conducting performances of the Faure Requiem at Munsey Memorial UMC in Johnson City and Messiah for the downtown Kingsport churches this fall. Other recent conducting credits include The Testament of Freedom (Thompson), Messiah (Handel), and the U.S. premiere performance of Stabat Mater (Cecilia McDowall) with the Milligan Concert Choir, Milligan Orchestra and Festival Chorus. He has also conducted many festivals throughout the area and co-founded the Men in Song and Women in Song Festivals, held annually on Milligan's campus. Dr. DeLong’s vocal performance credits include leading operatic roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Alfred in Die Fledermaus, as well as tenor soloist in performances of Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem and Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Coffee Cantata, Haydn’s The Creation, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.DeLong is a member of ACDA and NAfME and serves on the advisory board for the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Previously, he served as the Assistant Choral Director at Earlham College and Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church (P.C.A.) in Muncie, Indiana.