Every time I step in front of the Appalachian Men's Ensemble I am moved by each individual's commitment to excellence throughout rehearsals and performance. This is a truly unique group of singers that performs with a level of passion, intensity, and musicality that conductors rarely have the opportunity to experience.
Dr. Alan Stevens, Artistic Director
Appalachian Men’s Ensemble Board of Directors
David Hendricksen, acting president (vice-president)
James Culp, secretary
David Crockett, treasurer
Douglas Grove-DeJarnett, member at large
Jane Morison, member at large
Gary Jungkeit, member at large
Jes Sutton, member at large
David Frost, member at large
The mission of the Appalachian Men's Ensemble is to elevate the choral art through practice, performance, and educational outreach. We are committed to engaging our audiences through the performance of both familiar and new choral works. Musical precision, passion for a common goal, and an understanding of the greater community guide our decisions. We strive to build a strong sense of fraternity among our members while maintaining the expectation of professional excellence. Our repertoire will include a variety of well-written and well-performed choral music from all genres and periods of music. We will connect with communities throughout the northeastern Tennessee region and beyond in order to educate, inspire, and entertain audiences through our performances.
The Appalachian Men's Ensemble is a group of auditioned singers from throughout the greater northeastern Tennessee region. The group performs a broad range of choral repertoire – both sacred and secular – from the late Middles Ages to the present. AMEn’s programming and presentation of music is vast and varied, featuring a capella pieces, accompanied songs, rock and pop arrangements, and classical works from a variety of cultures. AMEn is unique in its formation and execution, representing one of the few American male choral ensembles of its size to perform music of such a demanding caliber while also programming popular arrangements and familiar standards. The group rehearses in a three week period prior to each concert.
The Appalachian Men's Ensemble was formed in the fall of 2013. The founding Artistic Director was Dr. Thomas Jenrette, Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. The baton was passed to Dr. Alan Stevens in January of 2015. The Appalachian Men's Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from throughout the Tri-Cities region.