Michael’s Bio – 300 Words
Passionate about advocacy through choral music, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm (b. 1971) is a Long Island-based composer, conductor, 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 throughout the United States and Canada. Michael’s most recent works include “The Road That Has No End”, and the third (and final) edition of Requiem Dies Magna, to be premiered by Long Island Voices and Sound Symphony under Michael’s direction at Saint Peter’s by-the-Sea in Bay Shore this September. This event, “A Concert for Peace”, is a benefit concert supporting two local organizations: 9-1-1 Veterans, Inc, www.911Veterans.com and F.I.S.T. http://www.familiesinsupportoftreatment.com.
Michael is currently organizing the “My Name is Lamiya (Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee'” Choral Consortium Project, to premiere in the fall of 2017, and “The Great American Choral Reef” to be premiered on Earth Day, 2018. With these songs, Michael hopes to bring attention to the children of the global refugee crisis as well as the urgency to respond to climate change – two issues overlapping each other in important ways. Michael lives with his wife, Melissa, a photographer teacher at Longwood Schools, his daughter Zoë, a budding writer, actor and violinist and his daughter Kiera, a lacrosse player and cellist, in Sound Beach.
Michael also is active in advocating for the transgender community. “It is my fervent wish to spread knowledge and understand of the transgender community through my music, my public speaking, and by simply being present in the lives of the people surrounding me.”
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