Discipline: Music Composition

Gerald Busby

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1990, 1991, 1993

Gerald Busby is a Texas-born American composer who has lived and worked in NYC's Hotel Chelsea since 1977. He attended Yale, where he studied music in college, but worked as a traveling salesman until age 40, when had an "epiphany" and began to compose. In 1985, Busby was diagnosed with HIV and suffered the devastating loss of Samuel Byers, his partner of 18 years. After a bout of depression and drug addiction, he became sober, his immune system regenerated, and he began composing again. He is best known for his scores to Paul Taylor's dance piece "Runes" and Robert Altman's film 3 Women. He has also worked with Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, and the iconic choreographer Martha Graham. Busby continues daily to compose music, practice Reiki for two hours, and work on his memoir.


Irving Fine

Gerald Busby worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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