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Hope On!

2 members needed
SATB, SAB, 2-part Mixed, SSAA, TTBB, 2-Part Treble arrangements
A new work to be composed by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 5 minutes
Releases on Jan. 9th 2023
Must be funded by Jan. 8th 2023
$200 / ensemble

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This project will include…

PDF score
9-month premiere window
Score guarantee


The courage of hope. The courage to hope. This anthem will start softly and build in strength throughout the song. There will be an optional opportunity for improvised or prepared messages of hope and strength. Here’s what you will get: • Pre-recorded panel discussion with composer & lyricist • PDF of score • Listing on inside cover of score • Live session with composer • pre-recorded panel video • midi rehearsal tracks • strings, bass, and drum parts DEADLINE to JOIN, Sunday, January 8th is coming up! Here’s a video demo of “Hope On! in progress” song starts at 0:40: This choral work will be similar to these published choral works: "I am a Voice that Sings" (Bussewitz-Quarm/Cadmus) "Would You Know Me By My Work?" (Bussewitz-Quarm/Sellers)


The lyrics are in the process of being created through the fall of 2022.

This is what the lyrics will be about:

“We’ve found ourselves at times feeling empty struggling with anxiety and fear, but now is the time for hope. Although it makes us feel vulnerable, hope is courage.”

About Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

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