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Howard J. Buss

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Howard J. Buss


Howard J. Buss (b. 6 January 1951, Allentown, Penn.) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Buss received his B.A. in applied music from West Chester University, M.M. in performance and M.M. in composition from Michigan State University, and D.M.A. in composition from the University of Illinois. He has taught at the University of Illinois and Florida Southern College.

Buss is recognized internationally as composer of contemporary classical music. His compositions have received critical acclaim, have been performed in more than 50 countries, and are frequently featured at national and international music conventions and festivals. They have been performed by musicians from universities as well as current and former members of organizations such as The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, U.S. Army Field Band, Vancouver Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, etc. A copy of his patriotic composition Fanfares is included in the Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. Buss’ more than 180 published works include instrumental solos, chamber music, symphonic, choral, and band works.

Buss has received numerous awards and his commissioned works include original compositions as well as arrangements. His compositions are frequently included and analyzed in doctoral dissertations, lectures, professional music journals, and music literature bibliographies.

Buss is the founder and editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Buss Publications (BMI) which publish contemporary American concert music.

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