A strong advocate for activism through choral music, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm is a composer, music director and educator. His published music catalog spans more than 20 years of composing activity and more than 30 vocal and choral works that have been premiered by youth voices, church choirs, professional singers and community choruses.
Michael’s is currently commissioned by the Huntington Choral Society, and his piece, “The Road That Has No End” will be premiered in April 2017. Two consortium commissions in his “Local Choirs – Global Voices” series, “My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee'” and “Pay the Ferryman for David Aaron” are welcoming choirs to raise awareness of both the global refugee crisis as well as addiction, hope and recovery, with performances beginning in the fall of 2017.
First and foremost a choral composer, Michael has built a catalog reflecting his commitment to the community of faith through music. The cornerstone work of his catalog, the “Requiem Dies Magna”, initially composed with the intention of healing and to honor the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. “Requiem Dies Magna” was premiered in 2010 and broadcast on Public Radio East. Its separate movements have also been performed by the Gregg Smith Singers, Long Island Symphonic Choral Association and Long Island Voices.
Michael’s choral compositions include settings to poems as diverse as those by Eugene Field (“The Dual” of gingham dog and calico cat fame), Robert Frost (“The Pasture”) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song “If They Could Speak” for soprano solo and piano marks Michael’s collaboration with contemporary designer and poet Roseanne Pellicane and honors the firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. Deeply rooted in community, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm composed “The Silver Swan” in memory of Pfc Joseph Dwyer, a medic from Long Island who lost his battle with PTSD. He has also championed local poet Bill Batcher in his a cappella work “I am Here”.
The composer’s catalog includes works of many ability levels, making his music accessible to all kinds of both amateur and professional choruses, from elementary and high school through to college and community choirs and church choirs.
choral composition, conducting