Don Besig

Don Besig currently directs the adult choir at Perinton Presbyterian in Fairport, NY. For over 30 years, he taught public school music at all levels in western New York. His concert choral groups and show choirs earned fine reputations for their performances at clinics, contests and community events. Recognizing a need for choral music written especially for student singers and volunteer church choirs, Don began composing for his own groups. Over 400 of his original choral compositions and arrangements have been released by Shawnee Press and other leading publishers of school and church music. More than 20 million copies of his works have been sold, and he has received several ASCAPLUS Awards. His enthusiasm for working with singers of all ages has led to numerous invitations to serve as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted festivals and workshops in 40 states and Canada. A graduate of Ithaca College, Besig is a member of ACDA, MENC, NYSSMA, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha. In 1980, Don began collaborating with lyricist Nancy Price. The insight they have gained through their combined years of directing choirs has led the Price/Besig team to create some of the most appealing original compositions and arrangements available in today's market.

Publications by Don Besig

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