Greyscale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, is one of the premier ensembles in the East Tennessee State University Department of Music. Greyscale has become a recognized success throughout the region. In January of 2015 Greyscale toured and appeared on invited performances in New York City and Washington D.C., including the renowned B.B. King’s on 42nd Street in NYC. In April of 2015, they hosted internationally-known vocal jazz ensemble, New York Voices, on ETSU’s campus, and in March of 2018 they will perform with The Swingles at ETSU. Greyscale has appeared on the Rossini Festival (Knoxville, TN), Blue Plum Festival and Founder’s Park Concert Series in Johnson City, as a featured performer at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and has been a guest on WETS 89.5 Studio One multiple times. They have performed for many high-profile campus events, including the Distinguished President’s Trust Banquet, the President’s Classroom, Fall Faculty and Student Convocations, Athletics Night of Champions, and the Spring Fling. In March of 2017 Greyscale hosted the first annual BucAppella Choral Festival with Deke Sharon, the producer and musical arranger for the Pitch Perfect move franchise. In March of 2018 they will host Ben Bram, the co-founder, producer and arranger of the Pentatonix for the second annual BucAppella.
Greyscale released its first album in April of 2016, self-titled “Greyscale.” Their second album, “Spectrum,” was released in March of 2017. Both albums are available for download from digital distributors including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more. Compact Discs are available for purchase from the ETSU Department of Music: email@example.com
The select group of twelve singers who formed the initial ensemble in the fall of 2012 called themselves “Greyscale” to represent the non-specific type of music they perform – avoiding categorization in any clearly-defined, black-and-white genre. The constant challenge for Greyscale is to find creative arrangements that blend jazz, pop, folk, and classical styles into new unaccompanied vocal works.
Greyscale is inspired by ensembles such as The Swingles, Real Group, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, VOCES8, and Pentatonix. The singers in Greyscale are selected through a rigorous audition process. Students must re-audition each year, and they must be able to perform as both an ensemble singer and a lead vocalist. The repertoire for the ensemble is chosen to allow each member an opportunity to be featured throughout the course of the performance year.
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