The Xavier Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Linda Busarow, DMA, will premiere an arrangement of the National Anthem created for it. The chorus will perform the National Anthem at the Xavier women’s basketball game against St. Bonaventure at 1:00 on February 1. A repeat performance will be before the men’s game on February 5 at 7:00 pm against Temple, which will be televised on ESPN. The arranger is Busarow’s father-in-law, Donald Busarow, Professor of music theory and organ at Wittenberg University. He is also director of the Wittenberg Choir and Chapel Choir and University Organist.
The Xavier Women’s Chorus will travel to Wittenberg University later this year and will give a concert on April 29 at 7:30 in Edgecliff Hall on the Xavier Campus.
Linda Busarow came to Xavier as the result of a grant to Xavier’s Department of Music from an anonymous donor to attract outstanding students to music education. Xavier prepares these students to work with diverse groups of children and advocate for music instruction. Busarow sees the Women’s Choir as part of that outreach. It gives those who enjoy singing but who are not necessarily music majors to come together one hour two days a week to indulge themselves. It does not involve the hours and practice of full-time majors, yet produces a good-quality musical experience for singers and audiences. Busarow herself commutes from Dayton to teach at Xavier. In addition to Women’s Choir, she also teaches conducting, elementary and secondary music methods, and music appreciation.
Prior to her appointment at Xavier University, Linda Busarow was a member of the music faculty of the Fairborn City Schools, Fairborn Ohio. In addition to teaching, she spent 13 years as Supervisor of Music in the district. She has taught at Wittenberg University as Visiting Instructor of Choral Music and Conductor of the Wittenberg Choir, and as sabbatical Conductor of the Ohio State University Women’s Choir. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg, Springfield, Ohio; a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Michigan; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral and Instrumental Conducting from The Ohio State University.
Donald Busarow is a noted composer of church music and a concert organist, who has published over 50 choral works, 100 compositions for the organ, four volumes for organ and instruments, and a sacred opera. His setting of John Donne’s poem “Death Be Not Proud” won first prize in the International Horn Competition. He is in frequent demand as a choral and organ clinician in church music workshops. Since 1976, he has held positions as Director of Music at churches in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio and regularly presents at professional meetings. Busarow received a BS degree from Concordia Teachers College, a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has taught at Wittenberg University since 1975.
For more information on Women’s Chorus, contact Linda Busarow at 513-745-2832.