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Peacebomb/MAG/Article 22 Commission by Invitation

A new work to be composed by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Difficulty: 4 · Medium Difficult
Length: 8:30 minutes

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9-month premiere window
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By invitation only: Due to the nature of this consortium, choirs may only join by invitation. If interested, please contact me, Michael, at Hello@MBQStudio with the subject line: "Peacebomb and [your state]" ONE CHOIR PER STATE: List will be updated in REAL TIME to accurately show what States are already taken, and what invitations are already sent. ** STATES JOINED: CT, GA, IN, KS, MI, OR, PA, SC, TX, WA (choirs from these states are no longer available) *** FORMAL INVITATIONS SENT OUT: (these states have a two-four week window to join.) receive | • reproducible PDF of score • 2 Skypehearsal sessions • choir printed on inside cover of score * 10% of each commission fee will be donated to MAG, to continue the clearing of UXO in Laos villages and the countryside. I am thrilled to announce my new collaboration with Tony Silvestri: peacebomb. peacebomb has been inspired by the story of the Laotian families who once made spoons from the metal of unexploded ordnance (UXO), and now make jewelry from these bombs. As I learned more about this powerful story, I felt it deep in my heart. I wanted more than ever to tell this story through song. A long held wish of mine has been to work with Tony, and how humbling it’s been to learn that Tony has wanted to work with me! There are times in our lives where things work out unexpectedly. Melissa discovered the company that sells the Laotian-made jewelry while in Bryant Park with her photography students this past fall. Then, while in the city together on a cold December afternoon, she took me to the store and shared the story. A few months later, Tony and I were both attending the ACDA National Conference in Kansas City. But with several thousand choir directors, composers, and lyricists, our paths didn’t cross. Almost! But, it wasn’t until the exquisitely performed premiere of one of my pieces by Joe Ohrt’s choir in Trenton last month where we finally met. Tony was serving a residency with Joe’s choir, and I was attending for the premiere of my new Christmas piece, “Adoravit". We talked over pizza and salad about several projects, and peacebomb was one that stood out for both of us. If you and your ensemble would like to premiere peacebomb in your state during the 2021-2022 season, or if you seek further details, please contact me, Michael, at Hello@MBQStudio with the subject line: "Peacebomb and [your state]"


Hellfire rain;
An orgy of ordnance.

Fields sown with seeds of death,
A dark harvest
Exploding underfoot.
Pieces of another time,
Stories of shattered lives
Melted, twisted,
Told in shards,
In fragments of a forgotten war;

But we must not forget.
For peace too can be waged,
With targeted trust,
Strategic acts of love,
And incendiary transformation!
These shards become the seeds of peace;

The harvest is dignity, is memory,
And reconciliation.
Let peace rain down like bombs,
And watch the earth explode with beauty!

- Tony Silvestri ©2019 for Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

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:

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