2018 Undergraduate Conducting Master Class at TMEA Friday, April 13

OVERVIEW

The leadership of the Tennessee ACDA invites you to participate in an undergraduate conducting master class at this year’s TMEA Conference in Nashville with sought-after conductor, educator, and clinician Dr. Alan Stevens of East Tennessee State University. This master class will give undergraduate conductors the opportunity to work with a demonstration choir under the guidance of an experienced teacher/conductor. Furthermore, participants will be able to receive instruction and advice on your rehearsing and conducting technique.

Tennessee ACDA is grateful for the participation of the BucsWorth Men’s Choir from East Tennessee State University, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, who will serve as the demonstration choir for the master class.

Three undergraduate conductors will be chosen by officers within the Tennessee ACDA Leadership. This master class is included on the TMEA conference schedule, and will surely be a wonderful event.

SCHEDULE

Monday, March 19 – applications due by 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30 – invitation extended to participants/participant acceptance. Master class repertoire sent to participants after receiving a confirmation of participation.

Friday, April 13 – Event

  • 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Master Class

APPLICATION

Three participants will be chosen from the pool of applicants.

  • Please return the Undergraduate Student Conducting Application, via e-mail, to Jeanette MacCallum at president@tnacda.org by 5:00pm on Monday, March 19 (both student and faculty sponsor signatures are required).
  • Along with the application, you are being asked to submit a short conducting video that showcases your ability. If using YouTube or Google Drive, please include the link on the application; or, you may simply share a video via Dropbox.

QUESTIONS

Contact Jeanette MacCallum via e-mail at president@tnacda.org.

THE DEMONSTRATION CHOIR

BucsWorth Men’s Choir was formed in the early 1990s at East Tennessee State University as a primarily a capella chamber ensemble called “10 BucsWorth” – which referred to the number of guys in the ensemble and a play-on-words reference to the ETSU mascot, the Buccaneers. In 2013, the ensemble was expanded to a full men’s choir under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens.

BucsWorth is composed of men from across all campus disciplines, and it is open to any student by audition. BucsWorth performs a mix of traditional and contemporary choral music and often collaborates with the East Tennessee Belles, their sister ensemble at ETSU. BucsWorth is a founding partner-ensemble in the “Men in Song Choral Festival,” an annual two-day festival that draws over 200 men from the eastern Tennessee region to sing together and promote choral music education. BucsWorth has had the privilege to work with Alice Parker, Daniel Gawthrop, Ola Gjeilo, Chanticleer, New York Voices, and many local ensembles.

BucsWorth frequently performs throughout the Tri-Cities region. In 2016 BucsWorth was selected to perform at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar on the University of Illinois campus. In 2014 BucsWorth was the featured ensemble at the “Young Men’s Power Sing” in Atlanta, hosted by the Atlanta Youth Singers and the Atlanta International School. In April of 2018 they will perform for the Tennessee Music Educators All-State Conference at Opryland in Nashville, TN. You can find more information about BucsWorth Men’s Choir and keep up to date about all concert appearances and events on their Facebook page.