Howard Buss is recognized nationally and internationally as an
outstanding composer of contemporary classical music. His compositions have
received critical acclaim and have been performed in more than 35 countries.
His works are frequently featured in music conventions and festivals around the
world and on radio and television. They have been performed by faculty
musicians from major universities as well as current and former members of
prestigious organizations such as The Minnesota Orchestra, Buffa
lo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony,
New York Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Utah Symphony.
In 1982 a copy of his patriotic composition Fanfares was included in the
Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. Buss’s more than 70 published works
include instrumental solos, compositions for voice, orchestra, band, and
chamber music. They are fast becoming part of the standard repertoire in
The legendary Leon Russianoff described Dr. Buss’s style as
"imaginative, sincere, rewarding to both performers and audiences, and without
the gimmickry which is so prevalent in contemporary music today". Upon hearing
his music critics have written: "By far the night’s most memorable piece" - The
Los Angeles Times, "This is truly one of the finest works in our idiom" -
Robert McCormick in the Florida Percussive News, and "The evening’s highlight"
- The Maine Sunday Telegram.
Buss has received numerous awards including ASCAP Awards for 15
consecutive years, The Erik Satie Award (1991), The Florida Composer of the
Year Award (1987), an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of
Cultural Affairs, and the 1991 "Distinguished Music Alumnus Award" from West
Chester University. His commissioned works include original compositions as
well as arrangements. In 1990 he received two commissions, representing the
states of Florida and North Carolina, to compose works for the
nation-wide 50th Anniversary of the American Music Center. His works are
frequently selected to be included and analyzed in doctoral dissertations,
lectures, professional music journals, and music literature bibliographies and
a number of his compositions have been commercially recorded.
Howard Buss received his B.A. in Performance from West Chester
University in Pennsylvania, 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 is founder and editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Buss
Publications (BMI) which publish contemporary American concert music.