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BucsWorth Men’s Choir to present ‘Crossing the Bar’ in Johnson City, Knoxville

Contributed • Mar 22, 2019 at 4:16 PM

The award-winning BucsWorth Men’s Choir of East Tennessee State University will present its program, “Crossing the Bar,” in both Johnson City and Knoxville this month.

Performances will be held Thursday, March 28, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City and Friday, March 29, at Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville. Both will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

The “Crossing the Bar” program features a variety of music, including Gwyneth Walker’s “Love was My Lord and King,” Dan Forrest’s arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” and more.

The BucsWorth Men’s Choir originally formed in 1989 at ETSU as a primarily a cappella ensemble named TenBucsWorth. The name referred to the number of men in the ensemble, which changed occasionally, and was a play-on-words reference to the university’s athletic team name, the Buccaneers.

Today, BucsWorth is over 50 members from across all majors on campus and performs a mix of traditional and contemporary music. BucsWorth founded the annual “Men in Song” Choral Festival, which is now co-sponsored by the ETSU and Milligan College departments of music and draws over 150 men from throughout the region to sing together and promote choral music.

BucsWorth has received significant recognition over the past few years, including a tie for third place in the college/university division of the 2017-18 American Prize in Choral Performance competition. The choir performed for the Tennessee Music Educators State Conference in Nashville in 2018. In 2016, BucsWorth performed at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar at the University of Illinois, and was the featured ensemble at the 2014 “Young Men’s Power Sing” in Atlanta, hosted by the Atlanta Youth Singers and Atlanta International School.

The members of BucsWorth have had the opportunity to work with such choral legends as Alice Parker, Daniel Gawthrop, Ola Gjeilo, Chanticleer, New York Voices, Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, The Swingles and others.

BucsWorth performs under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, associate professor and associate director of choral activities in the ETSU Department of Music.

For more information, contact the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4276 or musicevents@etsu.edu.

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