Deke Sharon, who produced and arranged music for the hit movie series “Pitch Perfect,” will be the guest director and clinician at the “BucAppella” festival March 24-25 at East Tennessee State University. The event will feature two concerts with a cappella works from ETSU’s Greyscale and other local college and high school ensembles.
Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
The BucAppella Opening Night Convert on Friday, March 24, will include performances from Greyscale, Swashbucklers and Harmonium. The event also marks the release of Greyscale’s second album, “Spectrum.” The album will be available for sale in CD format, as well as downloadable from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and other digital music distributors.
Throughout the day on Saturday, Sharon will hold masterclasses with students from area high schools and colleges. The students will prepare works to be presented during the BucAppella Finale Concert on Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Sharon.
Born in San Francisco, Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of eight, and, as a child, toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world.
Sharon produces “The Sing-Off” worldwide, which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the United States since 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010.
In addition, he served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
He has arranged over 2,000 songs and has written three books: “A Cappella Arranging” (2012), “A Cappella” (2015) and “The Heart of Vocal Harmony” (2016). He is also the vocal orchestrator for Broadway’s first a cappella musical “In Transit” (2016).
Sharon has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton.
Greyscale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, is one of the premier ensembles in the ETSU Department of Music. Greyscale has become a recognized success on the ETSU campus and in the Tri-Cities community and released its first album in April 2016, the self-titled, “Greyscale.”
The 7:30 p.m. concerts on Friday (March 24) and Saturday (March 25) are $10 for adults and $5 for all students. Events during the day on Saturday are open to the public. For more information about BucAppella, contact the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4270 or visit www.etsu.edu/bucappella.