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I am a Voice that Sings

SATB, SAB, 2-part Mixed, ATB, SSAA, SSA, TTB, Unison, SongStyle with piano
A new work to be composed by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 4-5 minutes
Releases on Jan. 17th 2022
$150 / ensemble

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This project will include…

PDF score
9-month premiere window
Score guarantee


Themes: Moving Beyond Trauma Sample Draft, sung by Joseph (AntiphonMusic), using photos of friends and loved ones of the composer as example for a virtual premiere (or live video component): What you 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 • monthly Zoom mixer for choir directors of project


by Ron Cadmus

In the dark of night
In shades of fear
I’ll reach within
Deep in my soul
To find the promised light
A dream to keep in sight
I am a voice that sings!

When all hope seems gone
On your path unknown
Feeling alone
I’ll keep right on
And blend my voice with yours
To lift and reassure
I am a voice that sings!

I’m resolved to love
Be a force for change
My hand will hold
Your tender wounds
Together we will find
Something of grace and peace
I am a voice that sings!

When the flowers fade
When the stars grow dim
When the smile leaves
And tears appear
From deep within the heart
The song of life draws near
I am a voice that sings!
I am a voice that sings!
Together we will sing!

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: