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Stacy Busch

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Stacy Busch


Stacy Busch is an American composer and performer.

Stacy received her MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.

Her concerts and show productions are designed to be provocative yet accessible in order to cultivate broader artistic interest and, in particular, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for social causes. Artistically, her work deals with internal conflicts that are often taken abstractly from her personal experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder. These experiences of duality both in the mind and body are universal and her work expresses this underlying human vulnerability.

Stacy's work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. In 2020, Stacy is composing/performing the new music and theater production, When/Time in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation. The Mid America Freedom Band is premiering her double concerto piece for two drag queens. No Divide KC is producing Stories from Under the Stars, a storytelling event focusing on homelessness in Kansas City as well as the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival. Stacy released a new project and subsequent album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. In 2018, Stacy performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary The Ordinance Project which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda's Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for Collective: Our Stories of Cancer, and she performed at the OutSkrts LBTQ Music Festival. Her service with No Divide KC included partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library.

Stacy’s work has been performed throughout the Kansas City area. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy's work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: Bent Frequency, the Beo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio. She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women's Council.

Works for Winds

It's for Us (2020)