Stacy Busch

Composer, Producer, Performer

Stacy Busch is a multimedia artist and performer. Her collaborative concert experiences are designed to be provocative and 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 various social causes. Artistically, her work deals with internal conflicts that are often taken abstractly from her personal experiences with drug and alcohol addiction as well as bipolar disorder. These experiences of duality both in the mind and body are universal. The underlying human vulnerability in her performance and work is unifying when experienced collectively.

Stacy's work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. She recently 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.” In 2018, her service with No Divide KC will include partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. Stacy’s work has been performed throughout the Kansas City area including: the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Art in the Loop Kansas City, the experimental concert series ArtSounds, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and UMKC Composer’s Guild Concerts. She has partnered with the Kansas City Streetcar, the UMKC dance program, Charlotte Street Foundation and the electronic music non-profit KcEMA. 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 an ArtsKC grant recipient, a two-time ArtSounds Grant recipient, a UMKC Women's Council Grant recipient and was a CITS Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 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.