This is the busy time. As choirs begin to finalize their plans to join the “The Unarmed Child” Commissioning Consortium, I am busy at work composing.
As of today, New York and Oregon are already on board. Illinois is specifically reviewing the 3rd hip hopera/choral “fusion” movement. I am also in discussions with choirs from New Jersey, Ohio, California, and Connecticut, with friends reaching out to the Choral communities in Vermont, Washington, and Massachusetts.
Here is a peek at the Mass, for SATB Choir, small Symphonic Orchestra, Soprano Soloist, Hip Hopera artist, and possibly one movement for a Treble Choir (that being Kyrie), as it begins to take shape.
The Unarmed Child                                                                     Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
I.             Opening
II.           Kyrie (possible Treble Voices only)
III.        Tribute(hip-hopera fusion – tribute to inner city youth)  with Adrian Dunn, composer
                    contract currently being reviewed by Chicago Children’s Choir
IV.         Sanctus
V.            To Avielle on Her Fifth Sixth Birthday     Chantal Sellers, lyrics
                    commissioned by Eugene Concert Choir, Dr. Diane Retallak, conductor
VI.         Bird on a Wire                                                                     Chantal Sellers, lyrics
                    commissioned by Mount Sinai Choral Consortium, Mr. Eric Blatt, conductor
VII.       Agnus Dei
VIII.     Eight Inches
IX.         Benedictus (optional a cappella)
X.           Marching into Light (Title to Be Determined)
If you and your choir are still interested in commissioning one of the songs and premiering “The Unarmed Child” in your state during the 2019-2020 season, you can reach me at
Long Island Voices will be workshopping The Unarmed Child next summer, for performance in September of 2019. A possible second performance is being considered in Newtown, Connecticut the same month. If we have two concerts, the proceeds from the Long Island performance will go to F.I.S.T. (Families in Support of Treatment), and the proceeds from the Connecticut concert will go to The Avielle Foundation.
What is The Avielle Foundation?
The Avielle Foundation was founded by Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 20 children and six educators. One of those children being their six-year-old daughter, Avielle. On the home page of The Avielle Foundation website, it asks for support, through the capacity of imagination and the fostering of community building.

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So, much more will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
I hope you can join us on this two-part journey, either through The Unarmed Child Choral Commissioning Consortium, or the Long Island Voices New York and Connecticut benefit concerts.
All my best to you,
Here is a video I made along with one of my collaborators, author, friend, and lyricist, Chantal Sellers, back in the spring.