Passionate about advocacy through choral music, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm is an award-winning New York-based composer, conductor, and speaker. His choral work, “I’ll Fly Away,” received its Canadian premiere upon selection to the International Society of Contemporary Music’s New Music Days 2017 in Vancouver, B.C., by the acclaimed vocal group, musica intima. 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 throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently under commission by the Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, NC.
He recently created the “Child Refugee Awareness" Choral Consortium Project, “Hope for Recovery” Choral Consortium, both premiered in the fall of 2017, and “The Great American Choral Reef,” actively recruiting choirs and to be premiered on and around Earth Day, 2019. He has just launched two additional consortia, one for Women’s and Treble Choirs at the Collegiate and High School levels called "Radium Girl" Commissioning Consortium which will be written to bring attention to women’s and worker’s rights, as well as the commissioning choirs of Mass for the Unarmed Child, to be released in 2019.
The cornerstone work of his catalog, Requiem Dies Magna, was composed with the intention of healing and to honor the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. It has grown to speak to those who have survived the loss of a loved one and the complex stages of grief and path to finding peace The song “If They Could Speak” for soprano solo and piano marks a 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 composed “The Silver Swan” in memory of Pfc Joseph Dwyer, a medic from Long Island who lost his battle with PTSD.
He is also active in advocating for the transgender community. “It is my fervent wish to spread knowledge and understanding of the transgender community through guest speaking and by simply being present in the lives of musicians and artists surrounding me.”