Presentation of Projects


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Exciting 2021-2022 Commissioning Consortiums listed below

Check out Harlingen High School’s 2021 TMEA Conference powerful performance of “Radium Girl”:

Commission Consortiums 2021-2022


For the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm offers commissioning consortiums at every level:

*** all memberships come with .pdf scores, acknowledgement, live Zoom session with composer, and Zoom Mixers so member choral directors can meet and share ideas.

“I am a Voice that Sings” | Moving beyond trauma, return to singing. …Click here for more info

easy SATB, SAB, 2-part Mixed, ATB, SSAA, SSA, TBB, Unison, SongStyle   with lyricist Ronald Cadmus

price: 150

style: Pop based structure; hopeful, determined, growing sound throughout the piece.

Delivery Date: January 17th, 2022

To Express Interest: CLICK HERE

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“The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez” | Migrant crisis/Women’s rights …Click here for more info

with lyricist, Shantel Sellers; musicologist, Talia Jimenez-Ramirez; author of “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story”, Aaron Bobrow-Strain; professor and choral director, Emilie Sweet Amrein

price: 150

style: The use of contrast of “speak out & stay quiet”. Uplifting; Empowering. With electric guitar and piano accompaniment

Delivery Date: January, 2022

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Most Like this Style: “I’m Not Lost”

Songs with this Lyricist: “To Avielle, On Her Fifth, Sixth Birthday”

“Buufis” from Refugee Mass  |  Worldwide Refugee Crisis, Hope vs Hopelessness. …Click here for more info

advanced SATB with Euan Tait and author of “City of Thorns”, Ben Rawlence

price: 300

style: Unaccompanied with aleatoric, morphing of sounds and colors

Delivery Date: January, 2022

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Most Like this Style: (some similarities) “So it was I”

Songs with this Lyricist: “So it was I”

Songs for this Voicing: “Nigra Sum”

“Peacebomb” | War and Peace, Laos’ Landmine Crisis   …Click here for more info              

advanced SSAATTBB – with Charles Anthony Silvestri and Elizabeth Suda, Article 22  (available for state premiere, multiple states still available). 

Still available:

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, (NY), NC, ND, OH, OK, RI, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, plus All Canadian provinces

price: 600

style: Aleatoric and distant opening; Haunting middle; Bold and Exclamatory ending. For Midi Midi Realization (cello part, percussion still to be complete):

Delivery Date: January, 2022

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“Animals on the Coast of Maine” | Theme: Nature, Climate Change. …Click here for more info

3pt Treble or SAB with easy obbligato keyboard/Orff parts and cello; with Kim Rich; marine biologist; and animation student, Kiera Bussewitz

price: 150

style: Fun, Challenging, Joyful; with Orff instrument option; The Harbor Porpoises [listen], The Puffin’s Dream [listen], and The Whale [listen].

Midi Realization (draft score of different voicings):

Delivery Date: January, 2022

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Ongoing Choral Projects


Where We Find Ourselves song cycle  

Understanding Ourselves / Community / Understanding Racism / Assimilation

  1. Would you know me by my hat? [listen]
  2. Hair [listen]
  3. Would you know me by my work? [listen]
  4. Scars [listen]
  5. Memento Vivere [listen]

Difficulty: Moderate

Voicings available: SATB, SSAA, SAB, 2-part Mixed


Writer, photographer, and Duke University instructor, Margaret Sartor

Photographer and Duke University emeritus Professor of the Practice, Alex Harris

Dr. Sherry Boyd, Humanities Coordinator for Dallas College

Tina Sayers, M.M.    Executive Director, Maple Seed Creative Consulting, LLC

Shantel Sellers, Author, Historian

To Express Interest: CLICK HERE

Midi Realization:

Requiem Dies Magna9/11 First Responders/20th Anniversary

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The Unarmed Child  |  Gun Violence against youth

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…for more info and for recordings, CLICK HERE

A centerpiece of each commissioning consortium is the opportunity to work with Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm through Zoom sessions and through pre-recorded panel discussions with authors, speakers, and leaders in the area of focus.


*commissioning and performing ensembles credited in each link

Upcoming Meet & Greets

“Meet the Composer” Sessions for Choral Directors and Administrators:

Sunday, 3/21, 12pm EST  “Meet MBQ & Her Repertoire” Q&A Session for Choral Directors (free): Register:

Monday, 3/22, 7:30pm EST  “Meet MBQ & Her Repertoire” Q&A Session for Choral Directors (free): Register

One on One Informational Meets (free): Calendly

The choral music of Michael Bussewitz-Quarm (pronouns: she/her) engages singers and audiences with the leading social and environmental issues of our time. Michael is passionate about effecting change through choral music on topics ranging from the health of the world’s coral reefs to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States to the global refugee crisis. Michael is an active advocate for the transgender community. It is her fervent wish to spread knowledge and understanding of the transgender community through guest speaking and by simply being present in the lives of the talented musicians and artists surrounding her.

More about Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm:

A finalist for the 2019 and 2020 American Prize, Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm’s works are performed by leading professional and educational choral ensembles across North America. Recent collaborations include the west coast premiere of The Unarmed Child by Eugene Concert Choir and Orchestra, I’ll Fly Away at the International Society of Contemporary Music’s New Music Days in Vancouver, BC, and Nigra Sum, performed by The Duke University Chorale on their California tour. Michael’s works have been rebroadcasts on Public Radio East, KMUZ, and WCPE, with performances by Singers of New and Ancient Music, musica intima, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Duke University Chorale, the Esoterics, among other exceptional choral ensembles. Michael is published by Peermusic Classical.

Current projects include Peacebomb, inspired by Laotian families who make jewelry from metal taken from unexploded ordnance, Where We Find Ourselves, a pandemic-proof choral project inspired by the portraits of Hugh Mangum, and The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story, based on the book of the same name that tells the story of an undocumented teen’s harrowing experiences with the U.S.’s militarized immigration system.

Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm attended Ithaca College (BM ’94), for piano performance and music education, and received her MM from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queen’s College in New York. For more information, visit her website,


To Book, contact Michael through email at or through Michael’s contact page:

We (WHS Chorus) were so grateful for the opportunity to have a Q&A session with Michael and Shantel.  To hear the perspective of the composer and lyricist was powerful for my students, and answered many questions we all had about the process.  After the experience, one of my students emailed me to say it was one of the most meaningful events of this school year for her.  We will use the responses and stories moving forward as we continue our work with Identity, personal, and perceived of ourselves and others.

-Christina Flateau and the Woodsville High School Choirs “Where We Find Ourselves” Commissioning Consortium

“Stunned! Absolutely Stunned! …a stunning talent in our midst.” 

-The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, Congregational Church of Patchogue on Requiem Dies Magna

“Michael and Shantel’s collaboration on ‘Only Time to Love’, commissioned by the Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, NC, is a piece of breathtaking beauty and depth. Rarely have we sung a piece where the poetry and music truly combine to create something approaching divine. These two remarkable people have left a mark on my heart.”

–Shelley Hedtke, Soprano 2, Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill