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.
2020 Board of Directors
Bleu Copas - President
I have decided to return to the KGMC Board because I have a passion for the advocacy and activism involved with KGMC’s mission. I feel my past experiences have prepared me to be an asset to this team. I want to lead when able. I want to find creative ways to make KGMC more financially stable and explore ways to engage our past, current and potential donors. I want the community to feel more of an ownership of their Chorus, and that it belongs to them, and that they care if it thrives. I want to find ways to develop partnerships with communities and settings we haven’t been able to reach yet, particularly in educational settings and communities of color. I want to help KGMC be more responsible in our commitment to marginalized communities.
Bethany Love - Vice President
Bethany Love is an East Tennessee native who loves the mountains, people, cultures, and art of this region. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelors in Psychology and from the University of Denver with a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. She is currently a therapist at Veterans Affairs, specializing in therapy and case management for those experiencing severe mental illness, PTSD, suicidality, and other challenges. This is Bethany’s second term serving on the board of KGMC. She lives in rural Blount County with her husband, two sons, two poodles, and various critters and wildlife.
Joe Jackson- Treasurer
Joe is a Charter Member and a Past President of the KGMC. He has been a resident of Knoxville since his days of study at “THE” University of Tennessee. Through the years Joe has served and presided over many area non-profit originations in East Tennessee. He and his husband Kelly (27 years strong) have a seven-year-old son/Welsh Terrier named Storm. Each Monday – Friday he can be found as the Human Resources Director for several Knoxville automotive dealerships.
Joe returned to the KGMC Board in 2019 as the Treasure, a role in which he first served at the founding of the chorus in 2012. Joe states I have witnessed the growth of this chorus in many ways and want to do my part to make sure that continues so that others will have that safe place, feel connected and most of all loved.
Joe’s mantra… “Telling our stories through song.”
Ben Nicholas- Secretary
Ben has been with KGMC as a singing member since August 2018 and has served the organization in various roles including previously as Operations Committee chairman and currently as Board secretary. As a Knoxville native, Ben is passionate about community building and organizing in our little city- specifically engaged in disability access and LGBT+ advocacy. By day, he is a transportation engineer and by night he is a mountain biker, kayaker, and devoted dog dad to two perfect rescue pitties.
Originally from Conyers, GA, Keith Kirkland first moved to Knoxville in 2002 to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at the University of Tennessee. Nationally recognized as a lighting designer in 2005 by the United States Institute for Technical Theatre for his body of work, Keith has designed more than 150 shows including 3 with KGMC. As Production and then General Manager for the Clarence Brown Theatre from 2007-2014, Keith became heavily involved in both Knoxville’s performing arts–working with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, and the Actor’s Co-Op among others–but also in UT’s efforts to improve diversity and inclusion–serving as the Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People in 2012-2013. Returning to Knoxville in 2018 after following his husband to pursue a PhD, Keith now works as a Construction Manager for the Public Building Authority and joined the KGMC Board of Directors in July 2018.
Wade began singing with the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus in the spring of 2019, and joined the board of directors that summer. His love for singing and community make KGMC an integral part of his life, as are the friendships that he has made in his short time with the chorus. He truly believes music is a gateway to the soul and can bring people together under any circumstance, and KGMC is the perfect place to provide that to our community.