Commission Updates: Erin Busch

Erin Busch, Composer At Work

Funded in large part by the Presser Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

Erin Busch's Hold Tight

Thursday, October 14, 2021
12:00pm & 1:00pm 
CHOP Karabots campus at 48th & Market Streets,
Patio/lawn at Lower Level entrance
4865 Market St, Philadelphia, 19139
Free outdoor concert, with free parking in the lot or on street.

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Min-Young Kim, violin
Elizabeth Kaderabek, violin
Nina Cottman, viola
Erin Busch, cello

Mark O'Connor – Appalachia Waltz (1993)
Caroline Shaw – Plan & Elevation (excerpts) (2015)
Erin Busch – Hold Tight (2021)

Philadelphia composer Erin Busch has received an Orchestra 2001 micro-commission residency to write a short string quartet as part of our new series: IN THE KEY OF L: Music Along SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. Erin’s piece will respond to "Hold Tight" by Mural Arts artist Stephen Powers, at 51st and Market Streets near the 52nd Street "L" [EL] stop in West Philadelphia. She will curate open rehearsals and pop-up concerts with her piece and other music. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support more performances like these.

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Erin Busch is a composer and cellist residing in Philadelphia, where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D in composition at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been commissioned and performed by the Albany (NY) Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet, the TAK Ensemble, the Philadelphia Charter – A String Theory School, Matthew Levy of the PRISM Quartet, and Network for New Music. Recent projects include a string quartet commission from cellist Yumi Kendall of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a new work for the 2021 Composers Conference as a Fromm Foundation Composer Fellow, and a percussion quartet for Sō Percussion. Prior to beginning her Ph.D, Erin was an adjunct professor of music theory and composition at Temple University from 2015–2018, where she received her B.M. in composition and M.M. in composition and cello performance.

Recently lauded as one of Yamaha’s 40 under 40 Music Educators, Erin is the founder and Executive Director of the Young Women Composers Camp (YWCC), a summer composition camp for students who identify as female or nonbinary. The camp aims to amplify the voices of young female-identifying and nonbinary composers, to allow them access to a high level of musical training, and to work towards a more equitable and diverse composition field. During the two–week program, students participate in college–level coursework, receive private lessons, participate in master classes with guest composers, and compose a new work for the resident ensemble. Guests in past years have included composers Jennifer Higdon, Andrea Clearfield, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Missy Mazzoli, as well as the International Contemporary Ensemble, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the ATLYS Quartet.

Erin currently serves as a board member of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum and is a 2018 graduate of the Global Leaders Program (GLP), a nine-month certificate program in Civic Leadership, Teaching Artistry, Cultural Agency, and Social Entrepreneurship. Through her work with the GLP, Erin assisted in on–site music program development and teaching in southern Chile and Belize City.

As a cellist, Erin performs regularly with local ensembles such as the Arcana New Music Ensemble, Symphony in C, and the Philly Pops. She has participated in several orchestral summer festivals, including the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine; the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; the Orchestra of the Americas Nordic-Baltic tour; and the Festival Napa Valley, where she was the principal cellist.

More information coming soon! 

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